Sustainability in and of the Archives, SAMLA 86 Conference, Atlanta, GA, Nov. 7-9, 2014

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Diana Eidson, Georgia State University
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This year's 86th annual conference of the South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA) brings together scholars in literatures, languages, and rhetorics from all over the world. Our theme this year is "Sustainability and the Humanities."

This Archival Scholarship special session brings together scholars from literatures, languages, rhetoric and composition, and creative writing who engage in archival research. We call upon scholars to tell stories about doing archival work, to reveal the discoveries that emerge from archives, and to show how archival/historiographic method has informed other methods or aspects of their research. To connect to this year's special focus, we will relate the work presented in this session to sustainability broadly defined—the sustainability of analog and digital archives, the sustainability of research funding for archival work, the sustainability of archival work as a method for scholars in subfields of the humanities, or stories of sustainability found in the archives—within communities, environments, cultures, and practices. By June 15, 2014, please submit a 250-word abstract, 100-word bio, and A/V requirements to Diana Eidson, Georgia State University, at