(Re)Presenting the Archive

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University of Sheffield, UK
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In a Higher Education context where originality in research is increasingly valorised, what place is there for explicitly re-presentational practices such as scholarly editing and curating? At first glance, the REF2014 landscape would seem favourable. The panel guidelines recognise "scholarly editions", "databases" and "electronic resources" as outputs, and promote "the creation of archival or specialist collections to support the research infrastructure". Edition and curation also produce tangible results—including printed and digital texts, catalogues and exhibitions—that can impact beyond the academy, preserving and presenting materials for a general audience. But what is the value of these activities and how can it be measured? How will REF2014 — with its categories of originality, significance and rigour — judge the editor and curator?

This one day symposium will address such topical debates, interrogating theories and practices of editing and curation alongside methodological questions raised by innovation in the digital humanities.

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We will be awarding three bursaries of up to £50 for postgraduate students travelling to Sheffield from other universities. If you would like to apply for one of these bursaries, please send a 250 word account of how this event will support and inform your research to archive@sheffield.ac.uk by 1 May 2013. Bursaries will be awarded on the basis of distance travelled and academic 'fit'.