NYU Workshop in Archival Practice – First Event 3/2

February 28th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

From Process to Product: Working the Archive is the inaugural series of events hosted by the NYU Workshop in Archival Practice for the Spring 2011 semester. These events are free and open to graduate students, faculty and archival professionals working in the humanities.

Conceived by and for working graduate students and young scholars, the Workshop offers an open forum for graduate students across the humanities to discuss making archival practice, “working the archive,” a part of their scholarly training, teaching philosophy and creative process.  We invite established scholars and professional archivists alike to describe their own experiences with archival practice in a more intimate format.  Instead of relegating student questions to the Q&A portion of a traditional panel or paper presentation, we encourage graduate students to bring their own work into the conversation with these visiting experts. Our hope is that by engaging closely with experienced scholars and archival professionals, graduate students in the New York area will gain hands-on access both to best practices in archival work and to a larger community of peers. The following question will guide us: as teachers and as scholars, how can we make archives relevant to our own work while increasing possibilities for the public work they should do?

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Our first workshop, THE RADICAL POLITICS OF HIDDEN ARCHIVES, will be held on March 2nd at 6 pm in the Great Room at 19 University Place, led by Steven G. Fullwood, archivist at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and Jillian Cuellar, Processing Archivist for the records of the Communist Party, USA at the Tamiment Library and Wagner Labor Archives.  Recent high-profile initiatives attest to a growing interest in identifying and processing “hidden archives.” This workshop takes this interest as a starting point from which to interrogate the category of “hidden” and to debate the practical challenges of working on the margins of accessibility, especially with materials generated by individuals or communities on the political or cultural margins. Mr. Fullwood’s work on the Black Gay and Lesbian Archive and the Hip-Hop Archive, as well as Ms. Cuellar’s work processing the papers of the Communist Party USA, will provide tangible examples of the practical dimensions of archiving radical movements.

Ann Stoler, Along the Archival Grain, 3/3

February 25th, 2011 § 2 comments § permalink

Ann Laura Stoler (Anthropology, New School for Social Research)
Reading and discussion of Along the Archival Grain (Princeton University Press, 2010)

Respondent: Robin Wagner-Pacifici (Sociology, New School for Social Research)

March 3, 6-8pm
Room 1106, 6 East 16th Street, New School for Social Research

Recommended reading: Stoler, Ann. Along the Archival Grain Princeton University Press 2010, pp. 17-53 (for a copy please email: NSSRRMemoryConference@gmail.com).

Reanimation Library, February 19, 2-4pm

February 15th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

We are meeting at the Reanimation Library, at 543 Union Street (@ Nevins) in Brooklyn, on Saturday at 2pm. You can take either the F/G train to Carroll Street (from which the library is a three-block walk) or the R to Union Street (from which it’s a two-block walk).

Walk through the gate on Nevins Street, past the left-hand entrance to Cabinet magazine’s event space, and back to the Proteus Gowanus gallery entrance, also on the left. The Reanimation Library is in the back of the gallery.