February 8 & 9: SCHOLAR & FEMINIST CONFERENCE: THE POLITICS & ETHICS OF THE ARCHIVE

photograph of various archival materialSCHOLAR & FEMINIST CONFERENCE: THE POLITICS & ETHICS OF THE ARCHIVE

a two day conference featuring Diana Carolina Sierra Becerra, La Vaughn Belle, Maria Cotera, Jarrett Drake, Akwaeke Emezi, Jennifer Guglielmo, Michelle Joffroy, Justin Leroy, Laura McTighe, Chinelo Okparanta, Cameron Rowland, Shawn(ta) Smith-Cruz, C. Riley Snorton, & more

February 8 & 9, Friday & Saturday

Barnard College, The Diana Center, 3009 Broadway

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This year’s Scholar and Feminist conference builds on BCRW’s close collaboration with the Barnard College Archives to address the complex questions that circulate around the politics and ethics of archival work. Central to traditional scholarly work in reconstructing and interpreting the past, archives are perhaps even more crucial to the preservation of the stories and legacies of marginalized communities and political movements.

The S&F Conference will bring together archivists, librarians, artists, activists, and scholars to discuss the particular political and ethical challenges that reside in the project of creating archives for communities and social justice movements. How do we move beyond the notion of the archive as indifferent repository of textual, material, and digital materials and toward an archive of engagement? How can archival material be put to use to draw attention to muted histories and otherwise invisible networks of affiliation and connection? What difference do recent digital tools and capabilities make in the archiving and accessing of the past? How can archives empower communities to tell their own stories and offer others access to those stories without falling into the trap of appropriation? What political and ethical questions weigh most heavily on the contemporary work of the archive?

In addition to traditional keynotes and panels, the conference will feature workshops and exhibits with the LaGuardia and Wagner Archives at LaGuardia Community College, Librarians and Archivists for Palestine, the NYC Trans Oral History Project, Torn Apart/Separados, XFR, and more, to introduce participants to the wide array of work taking place among communities and their archivists at the current moment.

Co-sponsored by the NYU Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality; and by the Barnard College Consortium of Critical Interdisciplinary Studies; Department of Africana Studies; Department of English; Department of Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies; Digital Humanities Center; Library & Archives; Program in American Studies; and by the Columbia University Institute for Religion, Culture, & Public Life; and by many more to be announced.

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