Running Wild: Library Archives, Faculty Engagement, and the Artist Book

deadline for submissions: 
July 1, 2016
full name / name of organization: 
Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association/PAMLA
contact email: 

Academic archives and special collections are treasure troves for student engagement. These repositories contain tactile examples of institutional history that are instrumental for student research and inspirational for student creativity. Increasingly teaching faculty are collaborating with archivists and librarians in the promotion and use of these unique treasures. From these materials, students draw inspiration, often transforming the notion of what constitutes a book. Archives in turn may curate these works, documenting student research and properties for future generations. We invite presentations of work derived from or inspired by archival holdings and present strategies for encouraging similar artistic expression and curation.


Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Curating special collections
  • Faculty engagement with archival materials
  • Unique artifacts in special collections
  • Artist books in university collections
  • The production of artist books
  • The changing nature of the book
  • The intersection of archival holdings and creative writing
  • The place of the university and college archive in the 21st century

Please send abstracts of up to 300 words for 20 minute papers along with a CV to by July 1 2016.