Women in the Archives: Organizing Knowledge

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

Please join us for Women in the Archives, co-sponsored by the Women Writers Project and the Sarah Doyle Women's Center at Brown University, to be held on April 15-16, 2011 at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.

A detailed conference program is now available.

This conference is part of our annual series of "Women in the Archives" events; for more information about the series and about past WIA events, please visit the main Women in the Archives page.

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 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?


Registration is free, though we ask that all conference attendees register in advance by using the form available here.


The conference will be held in the Crystal Room in Alumnae Hall on the Brown University campus (see campus map).

On-street parking is available near the conference site, and especially north of campus on Bowen, Lloyd, Keene, and Barnes. There is also a visitor parking lot at the corner of Brook Street and Waterman Avenue.

Booking your travel? Information about travel and lodging is available here.

Brown's campus is easily accessible by car, bus, train, and airplane. See here for directions, maps, and additional details.


Support for Women in the Archives has been generously provided by the Brown University President's Office, the Brown University Library, and the Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women.