CFP: [Cultural-Historical] Invisible Culture: Archive of the Future/Future of the Archive (journal; 12/20/07)

full name / name of organization: 
Aviva Dove-Viebahn

Call for Papers: Invisible Culture

Invisible Culture, Issue 12, The Archive of the Future/The Future of the
Archive: Spring 2008

Guest Editors: Aubrey Anable, Aviva Dove-Viebahn and April Miller

Deadline for completed papers and manuscripts: December 20, 2007

Submissions and inquiries should be sent, via email, to


The archive as a place, a collection, a history, a concept, and a practice
has always been unstable and replete with cultural meaning. In his essay
“Valery Proust Museum,” Theodor Adorno associates museums with death
rationalized, pointing to how the modern formâ€"the physical space,
technology, and ideologyâ€"forces a chronological order onto its objects.

In the digital age, however, archives no longer need necessarily be housed
physically, nor must they abide by chronological schema. In The Language of
New Media, Lev Manovich describes the databaseâ€"a sort of digital archiveâ€"as
too much information with “too few narratives that can tie it all
together.” Do future manifestations of the archive inevitably negate those
traits we have come to associate with archives in the past or present? Does
the digitization of the archive give us an opportunity to rethink the
archival project in terms of how the archive, its access and selection,
affects knowledge, authority, and subjectivities? What might the archive of
the future look like or accomplish? What does it mean to question the
future of the archive?

Coming out of an interdisciplinary graduate conference on the same topic
held at the University of Rochester in the Spring of 2007, the
peer-reviewed, electronic journal Invisible Culture invites papers and
projects that explore the shifting space, practice, and cultural meaning of
the archive. Submissions in the form of 2,500-6,000 word papers from all
disciplines, as well as digital projects (i.e. virtual archives or
explorations of the same) are welcome.

Areas of inquiry for submissions may include, but are not limited to, the
following topics and questions:

• What are the effects of the digital/technological broadening of access on
the research of primary materials in literature, film, and art history?

• How might access to a wide range of historically relatedâ€"but physically
separatedâ€"texts change the parameters of analysis and methodologies?

• Legality, authority, or dissemination of archives

• Digitization and the dynamics of globalization, imperialism, colonial and
post-colonial discourse(s)

• Distinctions between public and private spaces

• Anonymity, erotics of encounter, role playing, and new or temporary
subjectivities formed in contributing to or observing digital archives

• Archived memory in life-writing (autobiography, letters, journals, blogs,

• Archival access, relevance and organization

• Digitization and the “aura” of a work

• Audience, authorship, the researcher, and community involvement

• The role of manuscripts, illuminated or otherwise

• Preservation and transmission of oral or written histories and memory

• Literary variorum

• Questions of old canons, new canons, and the end of the canon


Invisible Culture: An Electronic Journal for Visual Culture is a
peer-reviewed journal dedicated to explorations of the material and
political dimensions of cultural practices: the means by which cultural
objects and communities are produced, the historical contexts in which they
emerge, and the regimes of knowledge or modes of social interaction to
which they contribute.

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