Professor Garvey will present from her work in a talk entitled “Writing With Scissors: Scrapbooks as Archive & Activism” and Jenna Freedman, Director of Research & Instruction and Zine Librarian at Barnard Library, will offer a response. As is our custom, a good deal of time will be devoted to workshop-style discussion, so please bring your questions! We promise our speakers will stimulate your curiosity about a wide range of topics, including what scrapbooks (and scrapbook-makers) can reveal to us about U.S. literary, political and cultural histories and of course, about archives & activism.
For more information about Writing With Scissors, check out Christopher Benfey’s “Scrapbook Nation” post at the New York Review of Books blog here. You can also read more about Jenna Freedman’s work at her blog, Lower East Side Librarian.
We look forward to seeing you on May 2! Stay tuned on Twitter @NYUArchiveWork for news, updates and future announcements.
The NYU English Department and the Workshop in Archival Practice present “Why Documents Matter: The Materiality of Literature” Kristina Lundblad, Lund University Department of Arts and Cultural Sciences November 29, 6:00-8:00 PM; 19 University Place, Room 222 Free and open to the public; refreshments will be served
Kristina Lundblad, senior lecturer at Lund University’s Division for ALM and Book History, will present her research on the history of publishers’ book-bindings and discuss new ways of thinking about what book history can show us. Lundblad asks us to broaden our understanding of the materiality of literature to include not only the histories of books’ production and circulation but also ideas about what materiality does on a more ecological and psychological level. What are the major differences between digital materiality and analogue materiality when it comes to books and how do these differences impact archival studies?
Workshop in Archival Practice: The View From Left Field November 1, 6:00-8:00 PM 19 University Place, Room 222
Supported by the NYU Graduate Program in English and Co-Sponsored by the Modern and Contemporary Colloquium Workshop Leaders Shelley Rice, Arts Professor in Department of Photography and Imaging and
Department of Art History and Exhibition Co-Curator Jonno Rattman, Exhibition Co-Curator Hillel Arnold, Archivist and Exhibition Consultant
Event Description: What does it take to bring images from the archives into the classroom and onto gallery walls? The View From Left Field, an exhibition co-curated by Professor Shelley Rice, Jonno Rathman and the late Michael Nash, answers this question by demonstrating the evolution of what Professor Rice has called a “world in a box”—an exhibition of photographs that grew from Professor Rice’s Fall 2011 seminar, “Toward a Critical Vocabulary” and has emerged as a showcase of the Daily Worker/Daily World Photographs Collection, part of the archives of the Communist Party of the United States of America (CPUSA) at New York University’s Tamiment Library & Robert Wagner Labor Archives. The View From Left Field marks an unprecedented fusion of pedagogy with institutional collaboration and offers its viewers a window into the histories of photography, journalism, American diplomacy and the lived reality of citizens in the grip of a 20th century indelibly marked by the Cold War. Co-curators Shelley Rice and Jonno Rattman, along with archivist Hillel Arnold, will speak about their experiences in designing and implementing The View From Left Field and will take your questions about the challenges and rewards of their innovative and in-depth engagement with the Tamiment Library’s archival holdings. Open to students, archivists and faculty from any department or institution.
Exhibition Information: The View from Left Field is currently on view (through November 17th) in the Department of Photography & Imaging at New York University: 721 Broadway, 8th Floor. The exhibition is dedicated to Michael Nash.
You can read more about the exhibition in a blog post by Shelley Rice here.
Image Citation: Czech Construction in Oshava, September 1951. Daily Worker/Daily World Photographs Collection, Tamiment Library & Robert Wagner Labor Archives, Box 121, Folder 20393.
This fall, Professor Deena Engel is teaching “Literary Archives and Web Development,” a course for graduate students in English and other humanities departments to train in mark-up languages and the fundamentals of web development, text encoding and TEI (Text Encoding Initiative), building online digital literary archives and topics in project management and Content Management Systems. For “Archive Lab,” she presented us with an overview of the course in order to help us think pedagogically and analytically about humanities computing and archives.
Following up on our Spring 2011 series, “From Process to Product: Working the Archive,” the NYU Workshop in Archival Practice is pleased to kick off Fall 2011 with a new theme, “Archive Lab: Ideas, Inventions and Institutions.”
We invite you to join us for our first Workshop of Fall 2011:
“Archive Lab: Digital Humanities and Literary Archives” Deena Engel, Clinical Associate Professor of Computer Science, NYU
Lisa Gitelman, Associate Professor of English and Media Culture and Communication, NYU
October 14, 3:00-5:00 PM
19 University Place, Room 222 Professor Deena Engel is currently teaching “Literary Archives and Web Development,” a graduate course in the English Department at NYU. She will lead the workshop in conversation with Professor Lisa Gitelman. We will consider how technologies not only allow us as scholars to access a wider array of archives, but also how we might intervene by uncovering, creating or curating archives of our own. As we seek to imagine an “archive lab,” we must also explore the cultural freight carried by theories and histories of media. We are excited to host this in-depth discussion with Professors Engel and Gitelman. We hope it will become part of a growing dialogue around digital archives and how best to build and sustain collaboration between scholars in the humanities and those in the computer sciences.
Please join us! All are welcome and refreshments will be served.
Please join us TODAY at 5 pm! With What We Can Learn With Practice, Ellen Gruber Garvey and Jeremy Braddock will conclude our inaugural Workshop series with compelling presentations from their recent work. Thanks to all our participants this year so far. We look forward to seeing you at today’s exciting event!
What We Can Learn With Practice: Ellen Gruber Garvey and Jeremy Braddock
With “What We Can Learn With Practice,” the Workshop posits that one of the most productive ways in which we can help our students use the archive is to examine its processes as a function of literary history. Simply put, the study of archives and print culture tells different stories of literature and culture, stories often left untold in traditional literary studies or historical analysis. These narrative and cross-disciplinary possibilities make archival work incredibly compelling to graduate students seeking to find their own scholarly voices.