CFP: Women in the Archives Colloquium (2/25/08; 3/22/08)

by Jessica C. Murphy

The Brown University Women Writers Project is seeking roundtable participants for our March 2008 colloquium on archival sources for research on women’s writing, the first of a year-long series of events. The colloquium will bring together scholars across the disciplines in order to explore current research questions and teaching approaches have emerged out of the diverse formative influences operating on the study of women’s
writing. This will be one day event to be held on the Brown University campus on March 22nd.

We invite proposals for participation for both of our planned roundtable discussions. The first roundtable, “Women in the archives”, will focus on research in primary source archives, how archival research has shaped the study of women’s texts, and how the status and use of the archive is changing. The second roundtable, “Teaching in the digital archive” will focus on the use of archival material and digital archival tools in teaching. Each roundtable will have up to four presenters, who will use their own research and/or pedagogical experience to help direct the colloquium conversation on these two topics. Participants should plan to offer a short presentation (10-15 min) on the topic of the roundtable.

To apply please send a presentation abstract and a c.v. to by
February 25th. A modest travel grant may be available for advanced graduate students and early career faculty (within five years of Ph.D.). If you would like to be considered for this support, please append a statement of interest that includes a comment on the relevance of the colloquium to current or future research.

The Women Writers Project is now celebrating its 20th year of activity. During the past two decades the WWP has been a leading digital humanities research project in two major areas: in the reclamation and republication of rare materials by early women writers, and in exploration of new ways of supporting research and pedagogy through the innovative representation of archival materials in digital form.