“To the Source” Symposium @ Rutgers, March 31

March 3rd, 2011 § 0 comments

To the Source Symposium

THURSDAY, March 31, 2011 | 11:00 AM–6:30 PM
School of Communication and Information (Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey)

This one-day symposium will explore the theory and practice generated around the concept of SOURCE. Across a series of events, we will reflect on practices of collecting, politics and publics of the archive, critical thought initiated from and disciplinary discourses framing the primary source, as well as the materiality and form of the source, be it letter, daguerreotype or digital object. This discussion aims to transcend boundaries – by bringing together academics and practitioners from a wide range of institutions of the cultural record. We want to attract an audience from equally varied backgrounds. The symposium also aptly marks the ten-year anniversary of Rutgers University, School of Communication and Information’s student organization known as SOURCE (Student Organization for Unique and Rare Collections Everywhere), which we will celebrate with a reception at the end of the day.

11:00 AM-12:00 PM | School of Communication and Information (Room 323)
“What’s in a Photograph?”: A Brief Introduction to Photo Identification and Preservation
A Workshop with KEVIN SCHLOTTMANN (Center for Jewish History)
Moderator: Jill Baron (Rutgers University)
Due to space limitation, this event is by registration only – RSVP jebaron@eden.rutgers.edu.
1:00 PM-3:00 PM | Alexander Library (4th floor lecture hall)
Material Inscriptions, Collections, and Their Publics
  • JARED ASH (Newark Public Library)
“Text, schmext!”: Collecting Books as Objects of Art and Design
  • KARLA NIELSEN (University of Illinois)
Reading Erasure in the Archive: The Making of Medieval Spanish Literature
  • LAURA E. HELTON (New York University)
On the Politics of Collecting: Archival Publics and African American Documentary Practice, 1920-1960
  • IULIAN VAMANU (Rutgers University)
North American Indigenous Curators’ Discourses of Aboriginality and Material Practices of Curation: A Case Study of the “Song for the Horse Nation” exhibition at the National Museum of the American Indian (NYC)
  • Moderator: Marija Dalbello (Rutgers University)

3:15 PM-4:45 PM | Alexander Library (4th floor lecture hall)
From Fever to Folder: Applying Critical Theory and Activism in the Archives

  • JENNA FREEDMAN (Barnard College)
  • LAURA HELTON (New York University)
  • JONATHAN LILL (Museum of Modern Art)
  • MARK MATIENZO (Yale University Library)
  • Moderator and respondent: Rachel Miller (Center for Jewish History)
5:00 PM-6:30 PM | Alexander Library (4th floor lecture hall)
Rutgers Seminar in the History of the Book Keynote
SONIA CANCIAN (Université de Montréal /Concordia University)
The Poetics and Politics in the Intimate Worlds of Immigrant and Homeland Epistolarity
The lecture is free and open to the public. 

6:30 PM-9:00 PM | School of Communication and Information (2nd floor Student Lounge)
Reception “SOURCE at 10” & “To the SOURCE on the Field” (Panel)


  • JOHN BEEKMAN (Jersey City Free Public Library)
  • CYNTHIA HARRIS (Jersey City Free Public Library)
  • MATTHEW LYONS (Historical Society of Pennsylvania)
  • J. FERNANDO PEÑA (Grolier Club)
  • LAURA POLL (Monmouth County Historical Society)
  • Moderators: Carolyn Dorsey (Rutgers University) and Ana Ramirez Luhrs (Lafayette College)

“SOURCE at 10” and “To the SOURCE on the Field” is by registration only – RSVP Carolyn Dorsey carolynd@eden.rutgers.edu / Ana Ramirez Luhrs luhrsa@lafayette.edu.

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