Category Archives: paper

New article: Paper tools

Boris Jardine’s article, “State of the Field: Paper Tools” in Studies in the History and Philosophy of Science (Volume 64, August 2017, Pages 53-63) makes interesting reading for those concerned with questions of paper and materiality. Jardine asks whether scholars across diverse fields are talking about the same thing ‘when they talk of paper, its qualities, affordances and […]

Getty acquires concrete poetry

The following reposted from ArtfixDaily.com raises particularly interesting questions around the materiality of these acquisitions: The Getty Research Institute (GRI) announced today the acquisition of a suite of prints, a folded paper poem, and an artist’s book by the Scottish artist and poet Ian Hamilton Finlay, as well as a 3D “cubepoem” by the Brazilian artist […]

CFP: Paper Trails Workshop

Workshop, 19-21* June 2017 University College London     Often there is more than research inside the books we read. Bookmarks, train tickets, receipts, and menus tucked into pages offer clues about the life of the book itself. Yet the lives of our research material often go unmarked, lost between the gaps in disciplinary boundaries […]

Ending the paper trail

State archives take up a lot of space. Should we digitise the lot, and burn the books? Finland is taking a radical step. An article by Tom Jeffreys first published on 12 May 2016 in The Long+Short. Behind the grand neoclassical facade of the National Archives of Finland in central Helsinki, a strange and controversial scene is playing out. […]

Making Archives, Shaping History

University of Manchester 26 April, 10am, ALB G30-31 In the process of creative making archaeologists, architects, visual artists and conservators produce and assemble a massive and heterogeneous amount of visual and paper objects: correspondence, sketches and drawings, working models and simulations, observational reports and reading notes. While the fate and politics of established archives is largely tackled in […]

Archival Liveness: The Paper Archive in the Digital Age

New article by Joy Palacios in the new journal Performance Matters. From the article: “…in the midst of the laborious photo-taking and PDF creating process, I often wondered: am I killing my archive? If disaster were to strike the Maison provinciale such that future researchers could only access its contexts via the PDF versions I […]

The Materiality of Method: The Case of the Mass Observation Archive

    New article in Sociological Review Online by Liz Moor and Emma Uprichard: The Materiality of Method: The Case of the Mass Observation Archive Abstract: The Mass Observation Archive presents numerous methodological issues for social researchers. The data are idiosyncratic, difficult to analyze, and the sample design is nonsystematic. Such issues seriously challenge conventional […]

Library additions

A new page listing readings on archives and materiality has been added to our Library. There is also another new page with links to videos concerning the conservation and handling of archived paper.  

New publication: Spontaneous Particulars – The Telepathy of Archives

A new work by distinguished American poet Susan Howe will be published this month as a New Directions and Christine Burgin co-publication. Spontaneous Particulars: The Telepathy of Archives continues Howe’s engagement with the materiality of archived manuscripts. From the New Drections website: “Great America writers William Carlos Williams, Jonathan Edwards, Hannah Edwards Wetmore, Emily Dickinson, Noah Webster, […]

Public lecture: Feminism’s Archive

Part of the ANU Gender Institute 2014 Public Lecture Series  Feminist Theory Now Presenter: Associate Professor Maryanne Dever Event date:  Wednesday, 24 September 2014 – 5:30pm to 7:00pm Venue: Seminar Room 1 (3.02), Sir Roland Wilson Building (Bld 120), Australian National University, Canberra Abstract: Where is feminism’s archive? The approaches to research that defined feminist […]