Beyond the Text: Literary Archives in the 21st Century

Friday, April 26, 2013 - 9:00am to Saturday, April 27, 2013 - 5:15pm

Whitney Humanities Center at Yale,

53 Wall Street, New Haven, CT

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April 26–27, 2013 

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The two-day symposium brings together literary and information science scholars, historians, curators, archivists, writers, and publishers. Panelists will explore the collaborations between library professionals and scholars around use of manuscript material in teaching and research, the intersections between archival and literary theory, and the impact of the changing shape of archives on institutional stewardship and scholarship.

Sponsored by the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Celebrating 50 years


Born Digital • Sound Archives • Publishers’ Archives • Intersections of Archival and Literary Theory • Romance of the Archive • Teaching with Literary Archives • Mining the Archive


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Friday, April 26

9:00-10:00         Registration

10:00-10:15       Welcome

10:15-11:30       Session 1: Born Digital
Chair: Gabriela Redwine, Digital Archivist, Beinecke Library
Lori Emerson, Assistant Professor, Department of English, University of Colorado Boulder

Matthew Kirschenbaum, Associate Professor, Department of English, and Director, MITH, University of Maryland

Fran Baker, Assistant Archivist, John Rylands Library, University of Manchester

11:30-12:45       Session 2: Sound Archives

Moderator: Al Filreis, Kelly Professor, Department of English, and Co-director, PennSound, University of Pennsylvania

Steve Evans, Associate Professor, Department of English, University of Maine

Jason Camlot, Associate Professor, Department of English, Concordia University

12:45-2:15         Lunch (on your own)

2:15-3:30          Session 3: Publishers’ Archives

Chair: Laura Millar, Consultant and Independent Scholar

Beth Luey, Independent Scholar

3:30-4:00            Coffee break

4:00-5:00            Keynote: David Sutton, Director, Research Projects, University of Reading Library
                          Introduced by Timothy D. Murray, Head, Special Collections, University of Delaware Library

5:00-6:00            Reception at Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library

Saturday, April 27

9:00-10:00         Registration and Breakfast

10:00-11:15       Session 4:  Intersections of Archival and Literary Theory

Chair: Jennifer Meehan, Associate Director, Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, Emory University

Catherine Hobbs, Archivist, Literary Archives (English-language), Library and Archives Canada

Heather MacNeil, Associate Professor, School of Information, University of Toronto

Michael O’Driscoll, Professor, Department of English and Film Studies, University of Alberta

11:15-12:30        Session 5: Romance of the Archive

Moderator: Kathryn James, Curator, Early Modern & Osborn Collections, Beinecke Library

Hazel Carby, Professor of African American Studies, Yale University

Diane Ducharme, Archivist, Beinecke Library

Heather Vermeulen, Doctoral Candidate, Department of African American Studies, Yale University

12:30-2:00          Lunch (on your own)

2:00-3:15            Session 6: Teaching With Literary Archives

Chair: Bill Landis, Head of Public Services, Manuscripts & Archives, Yale University Library

Jacqueline Goldsby, Professor, Departments of English and African American Studies, Yale University

Alice Kaplan, Professor of French, Yale University

Jessica Pressman, Visiting Scholar, Literature Department, University California, San Diego

3:15-3:45            Coffee break

3:45-5:00            Session 7: Mining the Archive

Chair: Sue Hodson, Curator, Literary Manuscripts, The Huntington Library

Ammiel Alcalay, Deputy Chair, PhD Program in English, The Graduate Center, CUNY

Micki McGee, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Fordham University

Jean-Christophe Cloutier, Doctoral Candidate, Department of English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University

5:00-5:15           Closing


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