After a standing-room-only first workshop on March 2, the NYU Workshop in Archival Practice is honored to welcome PROFESSOR CARLA PETERSON from the University of Maryland for our next workshop, BLACK GOTHAM IN/OUTSIDE THE ARCHIVE, ON MARCH 23 AT 4 PM. Please join us at 20 COOPER SQUARE, 4TH FLOOR.
Professor Peterson will also be giving a lecture from her book the night before, March 22, AT 5 PM at the Humanities Initiative, 20 COOPER SQUARE, 5TH FLOOR. This event is free and open to the public.
“Black Gotham in/outside the Archive” will explore how archives influence the cultural formations of collective memory and probe the impact of such formations upon the constitution of archives in New York City. Held in conjunction with the publication of Professor Peterson’s latest book, Black Gotham: A Family History of African Americans in Nineteenth-Century New York City, this workshop will also address questions of archival practice prompted by her project, a quest to reconstruct the lives of her nineteenth-century ancestors. In her work to recapture the voices of a lost New York, Professor Peterson’s work also poses a challenge to accepted “truths” about African-American history and the culture of nineteenth- century Manhattan. By focusing on “what’s forgotten,” the meaning of “what’s remembered” changes, and Professor Peterson will lead us in a discussion of how she has chosen to document and narrate one set of such stories.
Carla L. Peterson is Professor of English at the University of Maryland, College Park, and affiliate faculty of the American Studies, African-American Studies, and Women’s Studies Departments. She is the author of “Doers of the Word”: African-American Women Speakers and Writers in the North (1830-1880).