[EXTENDED DEADLINE] Dusting off the Archives

deadline for submissions: 
September 1, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
English Graduate Student Association, University of Tulsa
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Dusting Off the Archives

19-21 October 2017

9th Sesquiannual University of Tulsa English Graduate Student Conference

Tulsa, Oklahoma


Keynote Speaker: Dr. Emily Friedman, Auburn University


What is an archive? Is it a collection of print materials? Is it determined by size, number, medium, or rarity? Does it exist in a library (e.g. periodicals collection), or special collections? Who collects/owns archival material? What is it that composes an archive? What does it physically look like? Often as scholars we take archives for granted; they are available for use and study in most universities and we rely heavily on them for our own research and teaching. Not only do archives reshape our understanding of literary periods and reframe our understanding of canonical authors, they also provide opportunity to (re)discover texts that have been lost, forgotten, or ignored. This conference invites participants to explore how archives shape our understanding of the humanities, through literary analysis and reflection on archival methodology.


Tulsa is home to several different types of archives, including McFarlin Library’s Special Collections, the Helmerich Center for American Research at Gilcrease Museum, which holds the Bob Dylan archive among others, and the Modernist Journals Project, a collaborative digitization project with Brown University. Within this archive-rich setting, the 2017 English Graduate Student Conference at the University of Tulsa, “Dusting Off the Archives,” invites presentations on the theme of archives, broadly conceived. We welcome work on a wide variety of topics and subjects, including, but not limited to:


Discovery, revelation, research process, theories about things, objects, space, Actor-Network Theory, gendered archives, high vs. low art, marginalia, ephemera, old vs. new, memory, publicity, celebrity, biographical studies, cultural studies, time, periodical studies, seriality, print culture, epistolary writing, diary writing, multimedia studies, translation studies, manuscript studies, museum studies.


Because archival projects are extremely and inevitably varied in both form and content, we plan to host different kinds of panels and presentations incorporating both traditional and experimental methods in order to bring attention to the different kinds of archival research and labor that we undertake as students, teachers, and scholars. We therefore invite submissions for the following categories:


  1. Traditional conference papers

  2. Shorter presentations about the presenter’s personal experience with archives

  3. Presentations on Digital Humanities projects

  4. We also welcome participants to combine narratives of archival experience with more traditional forms of analysis


We encourage papers from other disciplines including Art, Music, History, Communications, Journalism, Sociology, Political Science, Women’s Studies, and Creative Writing, as well as papers not related to the conference theme. We welcome submissions from undergraduates as well.


Please submit abstracts of 200-350 words to tulsagradconf@gmail.com by 1 September, 2017. Please include the title of your paper, your name, your contact information, institutional affiliation, and any presentation requirements (laptops, projectors, etc.) you may have.


There is a registration fee of $15 for all presenters (excluding TU graduate students who can register for $10 and TU undergraduates who can register for $5).


If you have any questions or require further information, please e-mail the conference co-directors Amy Pezzelle and Megan Gibson at tulsagradconf@gmail.com.