The Archive and African American Literature in the 21st Century

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Northeastern Modern Language Association - Hartford CT, March 17-20, 1016
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In an age when technology and digitalization continue to redefine how we think about and explore African American literature, this panel invites considerations of the critical yet ever-evolving relationship between the archive and African American literary production. While possible papers might explore the role of traditional institutional collections in informing us about particular writers and periods, the panel also welcomes broad and open interpretation of the term "archive." How do texts, bodies, and performances function as archives? How does collecting, cataloguing, and curating impact modern racial formation? What is the relationship between the archive and pedagogy? How does the archive relate to contemporary discussions of post-blackness? Ultimately, what are the possibilities and limits of the archive?

Please submit 300-word abstracts directly to the NeMLA website by September 30th, 2015. Abstracts should not be sent directly to the session chair's email address, but questions are welcome. Submit abstracts at