Category Archives: archival research

Must-read essay: Archive and Library

Just recently posted on Humanities Commons is this wonderful essay, “Archive and Library” by Marlene Manoff. It is a pre-publication posting of an invited essay for the forthcoming Oxford Encyclopedia of Literary Theory  – part of the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Literature. Abstract:  Archives and libraries operate within a complex web of social, political and […]

On “routine and frankly boring” archival labour

There have been several high profile Twitter interventions lately on the question of archival “discoveries”. In a timely blog post on the language scholars use to (mis)characterise archival settings, Beth Doyle makes the very important point that the same language inevitably displaces the very real (and gendered) labour of archivists, labour that invariably underpins scholars’ […]

New book: Afterlives of Abandoned Work: Creative Debris in the Archive

A new book by Matthew Harle entitled Afterlives of Abandoned Work: Creative Debris in the Archive has just been released by Bloomsbury (2018). From the Bloomsbury website:  ‘Afterlives of Abandoned Work considers the relevance of  unfinished projects to literary history and criticism, looking beyond famous posthumous work to investigate the abandoned everyday, from scrapped plans and rejected […]

ARCHIVE/COUNTER-ARCHIVES 

Just published! The latest issue of the journal Public  #57 From the journal’s website: “ARCHIVE/COUNTER-ARCHIVES advances conversations regarding the changing nature and political realities of audio and visual heritage in the twenty-first century. Bringing together artists, archivists, and researchers, this issue of PUBLIC argues that the re-thinking of audio-visual heritage preservation is ultimately strategic and political, especially […]

New book series: Routledge Studies in Archives

Routledge has announced a new book series: Routledge Studies in Archives. According to their website the series “publishes cutting-edge research in records and archives studies. Recognising the imperative for record-keeping work in support of memory, social justice, technical systems, legal rights and historical understanding, this series extends the disciplinary boundaries of archival studies. It sees the […]

Read: What to do with literary manuscripts?

In a new article in the journal Comma, International Journal on Archives entitled, “What to do with literary manuscripts? A model for manuscript studies after 1700”, Wim Van Mierlo explores how to bring the resources of genetic criticism and archive studies to bear on one another: “Despite sharing an object of study, genetic criticism and archive studies […]

Archives and New Modes of Feminist Research

Now out in book form with Routledge: Archives and New Modes of Feminist Research. In an era when the metaphor of the archive is invoked to cover almost any kind of memory, collection or accumulation, it is important to re-examine what is entailed—politically and methodologically—in the practice of feminist archival research. This question is central […]