"Archiving Women" Conference

Friday, January 30, 2009 - 9:15am to 4:00pm
Faculty Room, Low Library, Columbia University

ARCHIVING WOMEN: A one-day conference bringing together scholars and archivists to examine feminist practices in the archive
9:15-4:00pm  Faculty Room, Low Library
Columbia University
Free and open to the public.  No registration necessary.

The archive is a living repository of knowledge about the past, present and future.  It has also become a site for critical reflection on the ways different cultures and sub-cultures approach the transmission, revision and contestation of their heritage.  "Archiving Women" will ask how the scholarship on gender, race and sexuality has transformed the ways we think about archival structures and practices.  What kinds of new archives are being created and how are they structured?  Are new materials being collected, new histories being shaped?  What alternative forms of transmission are being imagined?  How have new media transformed the ways in which knowledge is classified, stored, and retrieved?  Join us for three panels animated by these questions.


9:15 Coffee

9:45am - 11:45pm

Panel 1: feminist practices in the archive

How do archives change when women are the subject? How have feminist archival practices
engendered new historical narratives and new political agents?

Moderator: Brent Edwards, Columbia University

Alice Kessler-Harris, Columbia University

Farah Jasmine Griffin, Columbia University

Annette Gordon-Reed, Rutgers University and New York Law School

Jenna Freedman, Barnard College Library Zines Collection


Panel 2: Creating new archives and collections

How do archives need to be transformed, recreated and created to accommodate feminist
questions and women?s collections?  What new theoretical questions emerge in the creation of new archives?  What have digital technologies and the world wide web enabled and disabled?

Moderator: Serene Jones, Union Theological Seminary

Michael Ryan, Columbia University Libraries

Frank Mecklenburg, Leo Baeck Institute

Elizabeth Weed, Pembroke Center for Research on Women, Feminist Theory Papers Collection

2:30 - 4 pm

Panel 3: collecting and being collected

What constitutes an archive? What are the ethical and theoretical consequences of
collecting and being collected? Are there advantages to forgetting and disappearance?

Moderator: Hazel Carby, Yale University

Nancy K. Miller, CUNY Graduate Center

Nell Irvin Painter, Princeton University

Elizabeth Povinelli, Columbia University

Sponsored by the Center for the Critical Analysis of Social Difference, the Columbia
University Libraries, the Institute for Research in African-American Studies, the
Institute for Research on Women and Gender and the Barnard Center for Research on Women.

For additional information, please contact Laura Ciolkowski, PhD, CCASD Associate Director, lec30@columbia.edu