ASA 2010, 1/5/10, "The Chains of Historical Telling: Using the Archives to Tell Ordinary Stories"

full name / name of organization: 
Tova Cooper, Dept. of English, University of S. Florida
contact email: 
tovacooper@gmail.com

The Chains of Historical Telling: Using the Archives to Tell Ordinary Stories

In Reading American Photographs, Alan Trachtenberg writes that in analyzing photo ensembles, he hopes to uncover “what Kenneth Burke calls an ‘attitude toward history,’ an intelligible view of society implicit in the internal dialogue of images and texts, and their external dialogue with their times.” In keeping with the ASA’s theme of “chains”—I am looking for proposals that emphasize the chains of historical telling—in other words, for papers that juxtapose dominant historical narratives with narratives, photographs, and stories of ordinary people who create power and invent meaning in the face of dominant social forces. In this sense, I am interested in papers that explore what Michel de Certeau refers to as “the insinuation of the ordinary into established scientific fields.” Please email C.V. and an abstract of 250-400 words to tovacooper@gmail.com by 1/5/10.

cfp categories: 
african-american
american
cultural_studies_and_historical_approaches
ethnicity_and_national_identity
gender_studies_and_sexuality