CFP: [International] Archive Fervour / Archive Further (UK) (12/1/07; 7/9/08-7/11/08)

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Will Slocombe
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CFP: Archive Fervour / Archive Further: Literature, Archives, and
Literary Archives
9-11 July 2008
University of Wales, Aberystwyth (UK)

The field of literary studies has shown a marked interested in the
term “archive” in recent years, with a number of conferences, monographs,
and special issues in the area. Yet this fascination is noticeably one-
sided, with many archivists being reluctant to engage in a perceived
literary debate. There are many potential reasons for this reluctance,
not least of which is the way in which literary studies has appropriated
(and sometimes even misunderstood) the role and function of archives. In
fact, the term has come to have increasingly diverse meanings, such as
memory, storage, and monument, all of which diffract the meaning of
archives. Archive Fervour / Archive Further is a major interdisciplinary
conference and proposed edited collection intended to re-invigorate this
debate, offering archivists and literary scholars a forum in which to
discuss the ways in which both fields intersect and to explore the ways
in which mutual co-operation can benefit their future development. To
that end, the organisers hope to bring together practising archivists
willing to exhibit and/or discuss their collections and methods, archival
theorists, literary and historical researchers, and literary theorists.
This interdisciplinary engagement will be promoted by a number of keynote
speakers, drawn from various areas of the debate: Professor Terry Cook
(Manitoba), Jeff Cowton (The Wordsworth Trust), Professor Carolyn
Steedman (Warwick), Professor Julian Wolfreys (Loughborough).

To facilitate this debate, the organisers are particularly interested in
papers, panels, and workshop proposals that address the following areas,
although any proposal that addresses the connection between archives and
literature is welcome:
- Understanding archives: what literary archives or electronic text
archives are; processing and managing literary collections and their
difference to other collections; how literary archives fit with other
media/mixed-media archives; how literary scholars use or misuse archives;
the necessity of archives in charting alternative literary canons or
uncovering historical contexts.
- Understanding the archive: the intangibility and spectrality of the
archive; the past, present, and future of the archive; the archive of the
future; structuring or deconstructing the archive; theorisations of the
postmodern or poststructuralist archive.
- Exemplary archives: the creation of specific literary archives (the
modernist archive, the African-American archive, the feminist archive),
both within and across collections; repositories and special collections
of particular interest to literary scholars; archives of canonical or non-
canonical writers that are of current or potential significance.
- Relating the disciplines: interpreting archives / using archives to
interpret literature; how archives assist, modify, or subvert literary
research; diplomatic and palaeography, and their links to forms and
genres; textuality and hypertextuality in relation to archives, virtual
collections and catalogues, and digitisation projects.
- Crossing disciplinary borders: appraisal as an act of reading or
writing / reading as an act of appraisal; sorting, collecting, or
appraising literature / textualising the archive; archives as
literature / literature as archive (or record as text, text as record).
- Telling stories about archives: archival narratives / narrating
archives; using archives to tell stories; archives as a literary trope,
theme, or setting; textual representations of archivists.

Abstracts of approximately 300 words are due by 1 December 2007, and
should be sent to Will Slocombe (English, UWA) and Jennie Hill
(Information Studies, UWA) at, or via mail to: Dr
Will Slocombe, Department of English UWA, Hugh Owen Building, Penglais,
Aberystwyth, Wales, SY23 3DY, United Kingdom.

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