Women in the Archives: Organizing Knowledge

April 15-16, 2011, Brown University, Providence, RI

Papers are now being invited for Women in the Archives, a two-day conference co-sponsored by the Women Writers Project and the Sarah Doyle Women’s Center at Brown University.

Women in the Archives explores the use of archival materials in the study of women’s writing, and the construction of disciplinary practices in archival research and pedagogy. This year our theme is “Organizing Knowledge”, focusing on systems of knowledge representation in relation to different kinds of archival practice. Papers might address themes such as the following:

  • how do knowledge representation/management systems operate in the archive, and how do they instantiate or intervene in the legibility of archival materials?
  • how can we read the gender politics of knowledge organization systems in the archive?
  • how do pedagogical practices shape our interaction with such systems?
  • what would it mean to read against the grain of archival systems of organization?
  • how does discipline shape our understanding and use of the archive?

The larger concerns of the Women in the Archives series as a whole include:

  • pedagogy and interdisciplinary pedagogies
  • issues of gender in the construction of archival spaces
  • material modes of textuality across disciplines
  • technologies of research and teaching, and the impact of digital media on the archive
  • new directions in archival research
  • editing archival materials

This year, in addition to regular paper sessions, we are experimenting with two new kinds of presentations (read more...):

  1. A pecha-kucha-style session of short, fast-paced presentations that will let participants present work in progress in a vivid and memorable form. The session promises to be both entertaining and provocative.
  2. Poster presentations, which will be mounted in the conference space for attention during breaks

To submit a pecha-kucha proposal, please send a one-page statement which includes:

  • one question your research is trying to answer
  • two people whose work stimulated your current project
  • three people whose work you hope your project will influence
  • four questions you think your project raises that you’d like to pose to the audience
  • the five most interesting sources you’re consulting (archival or critical) with a brief quote from each
  • a brief paragraph in which you supply any other detail you think will be helpful to us

To submit a paper or poster proposal, please send an abstract of not more than 300 words.

Please send all proposals to WWP@brown.edu by January 15, 2011.