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TOMORROW: “Why Documents Matter,” 6-8 PM

Here’s a reminder about tomorrow’s exciting workshop, “Why Documents Matter,” featuring Kristina Lundblad. Please join us! Information follows below.

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?


The View From Left Field: Nov 1, 6-8 PM

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, Project Archivist and Exhibition Consultant

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.

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 project 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.


Our Next Workshop: Images and Orphans, April 26, 4 PM

Please join us next Tuesday for our next Workshop in Archival Practice:
Images and Orphans: Seeing Pictures in the Archive
April 26, 4:00-6:00 PM, 19 University Place, Great Room (Ground Floor)
Workshop Leaders:
Tina Campt, Professor of Women’s Studies and Africana Studies at Barnard College
Dan Streible, Associate Professor NYU Cinema Studies; Orphan Film Symposium

Previous workshops this semester have addressed “The Radical Politics of Hidden Archives” and “Black Gotham in/outside the Archive.” Among many other issues, these conversations raised the possibilities of writing “partial” histories by honoring the trace or fragment in the writing process, emphasized the importance of archivists as cultural mediators and editors of context, and questioned the categories of “hidden” and “radical,” ultimately asking whether radical movements die or cease to be radical once they are archived.

With “Images and Orphans: Seeing Pictures in the Archive,” the Workshop brings the series’ aims to the specific terrain of visual media. What types of knowledge do visual media archives produce? What particularities of form, methodology or narrative strategies should guide young scholars as they seek to develop archival acumen in working with the still or moving image?  How do current topics like the surge of interest in digital humanities or recent litigation decisions involving Google affect us?  In seeking to craft scholarly work using “lost works” of visual media (photographs with partial histories or orphan films), what are the politics of un-hiding?

Book excerpts available for “Black Gotham in/outside the Archive”

After a captivating lecture this evening (notes and questions to be posted soon), we’re even more excited to have Carla Peterson leading the “Black Gotham in/outside the Archive” Workshop tomorrow, 4 PM at 20 Cooper Square, 4th Fl (Department of Social and Cultural Analysis).

As mentioned in our previous post, she’ll cover some of the topics below during the discussion.

* the use of obituaries

* legal cases and the Negroes Burial Ground

* using military archives

* city streets as archives

Check out our Materials page for relevant excerpts from Black Gotham: A Family History of African Americans in Nineteenth-Century New York City.

See you tomorrow! Bring your questions and your imagination.

Carla Peterson: Black Gotham in/outside the Archive, TODAY at 4 PM

The Workshop’s main goal is to sustain dialogue between archivists and graduate students and to give graduate students access to best practices by scholars and archivists who aim to be storytellers, cultural mediators and curators.

Carla Peterson’s Workshop, “Black Gotham in/outside the Archive,” promises to meet that goal and more. Today at 4 PM at 20 Cooper Square, 4th Floor (Dept of Social and Cultural Analysis), Dr. Peterson will give us hands-on examples taken from Black Gotham: A Family History of African Americans in Nineteenth-Century New York City. Among these examples will be the following delicious tidbits:

* the use of obituaries

* legal cases and the Negroes Burial Ground

* using military archives

* city streets as archives

Xeroxed excerpts from Black Gotham will be available at the Workshop. You can also find excerpts here.

Don’t miss it!

NEXT WEEK! Workshop and Lecture by CARLA PETERSON

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).