Women in the Archives: Organizing Knowledge
April 15-16, 2011
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:
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
For more information about these formats please see
To submit a pecha-kucha proposal, please send a one-page statement which
--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.
Monday, November 22, 2010
Women in the Archives: Organizing Knowledge
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Call for Student Paper and Poster Presentations
The 2011 Student Program Subcommittee is accepting proposals for two special sessions dedicated to student scholarship during the Midwest Archives Conference's (MAC) Annual Meeting in St. Paul, Minnesota from April 28 – 30, 2011. Work from both master's and doctoral students will be considered. Students must be currently enrolled or have graduated no earlier than December 2010. Proposals must be received no later than February 11, 2011.
Graduate Student Paper Session
The work of three archives students will be selected for presentation during a traditional session format. Each speaker will be allotted 15 minutes to present a paper. Thirty minutes will be reserved for audience questions and discussion. Proposals may relate to the student's research interests as well as research pertinent to the profession. Participant selection will be based on the quality of proposals submitted.
Graduate Student Poster Session
The Graduate Student Poster Session will showcase the work of both individual students and student chapters.
Individual posters may describe applied or theoretical research that is completed or underway; discuss interesting collections with which students have worked; or report on archives and records projects in which students have participated (e.g., development of finding aids, public outreach, database construction, etc.). Submissions should focus on research or activities conducted recently.
Student Chapter posters may describe chapter activities, events, and/or other involvement with the archives and records professions. One person should coordinate the submission of each student chapter proposal.
Submission Form and Deadlines
Proposals must be received no later than February 11, 2011. The form will ask for the following information:
- School/Degree Program (MA, MILS, PhD, etc.)
- Phone Number
- Type of proposal (Paper/Individual Poster/Chapter Poster)
- Poster or Paper Abstract (200 words or less)
- Affirmation of Attendance (a sentence indicating your commitment to attend MAC 2011 and present your paper/poster in person if selected)\
Monday, November 15, 2010
Call for Presentations!
Tradition and Innovation: New Ideas for Old Stuff
Northwest Archivists Conference
April 20-23, 2011
The Northwest Archivists are pleased to announce their 2011 Conference in Helena, Montana.
This year’s theme highlights our professional paradox of caring for archival collections representing our collective memory and actions, while navigating and interacting with contemporary audiences, expectations and technology. In order to fulfill our mission, we cannot embrace one without the other. So how do we walk the line between tradition and innovation? How do we interact with an ever changing present when we are representing the past? Not only does this dichotomy effect our interactions with researchers, it also directs our dealings with the media, policy makers, donors and the general population.
In keeping with this year’s theme, the conference will consist of two tracks: a traditional panel session track and a track devoted to non-traditional sessions. We’re all familiar with the usual chaired sessions with two or more presenters, but what makes a non-traditional session? The Program Committee is open to any session format idea that you may come up with, and here are some examples to spark your imagination:
• Open themed sessions: these are sessions focused on a theme but the audience drives the discussion. Facilitators will guide and encourage the audience, but this is an opportunity for us to talk to each other about specific topics.
• “Lightning Talks” or Pecha Kucha: Last year’s Pecha Kucha session was well-attended and involved a selection of diverse topics presented in short time frames.
• Other formats that encourage participation or look at innovative ways to convey information and engage the membership.
If you’ve ever sat in a session and thought that you’d like to share information in another way, this is your chance!
The Program Committee for the 2011 meeting in Helena, Montana, invites you to submit proposals for sessions and individual presentations that explore our grounding in the traditions of our profession and collections and the necessity of bridging the gap to a contemporary world. If you have a great idea for a topic but can’t find co-presenters, please submit a proposal anyway; there may be opportunities to match presenters or to work topics together in some of the non-traditional sessions. Sessions that engage the membership in non-traditional ways are particularly encouraged.
Submission Guidelines: Submissions can involve an entire session or an individual presentation. All proposals must include: title, description (no more than 250 words), A/V requirements (laptop, projector, screen, etc), presenter name, professional affiliation, address, email, phone number and a brief resume.
Session proposals must include all of the above for each presenter, plus: session title, session description (250 words maximum), contact information for the panel organizer, including email address and phone number. Submissions should also include a description of the type of session proposed (panel discussion, paper, non-traditional). We assume that everyone listed in a session proposal has agreed to participate. Electronic submissions only, please. Attach proposals as a Word or PDF file.
All submissions must be received no later than December 31, 2010.
Click Here for the submission form
Submit proposals to:
Diana Banning, Program Committee Chair, 2011 NWA Conference
City of Portland Archives and Records Center
Monday, November 15, 2010
The new digital archive, “Women and Social Movements International-- 1840 to Present,” will be available for library subscription from Alexander Street Press in December or January. The first 25,000 pages of the archive will appear at that time and the entire archive of 150,000 pages will be online in late 2011. Kathryn Kish Sklar and Thomas Dublin are co-editing the resource with support from an international editorial advisory board.
At the AHA (American Historical Association) the archive will be considered as a research tool in a session, “New Research in the History of Women’s Transnational and International Social Movements.” That session will take place on Friday, Jan. 7, 9:30-11:30 in the Arlington Room of the Boston Marriot Copley Place and will have screen shots of the Beta version of the archive. Participants will include Francisca de Haan of Central European University, Tiffany Ruby Patterson of Vanderbilt University, Megan Threlkeld of Denison University, Barbara Reeves Ellington of Siena College and Kitty Sklar.
There will also be a luncheon on Friday, Jan. 7 at 12:15 in the Vineyard Room of the Boston Marriot Copley Place to unveil WASM International. There we will describe the archive in a slide presentation. Please contact tdublin[at]binghamton[dot]edu to reserve a place. The luncheon is free, but seats are limited.
We hope to see you at the AHA.
Kitty Sklar & Tom Dublin
Distinguished Professor of History
State University of New York at Binghamton
Binghamton, NY 13902-6000