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Archiving Modernism
Edmonton, July 2003

Archiving Modernism

Submission Deadline: October 1, 2002
Conference Date: July 23-26, 2003

University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Organizers: Prof. Ted Bishop & Prof. Michael O'Driscoll

Recent descriptions of the "archive" as a regulatory mechanism of
knowledge, a psychic system of memory and forgetting, a governing figure
of subjectivity, and a space of embodied experience have enlivened some of
the possible ways in which we might conceive of archival systems in
relation to cultural critique. At the same time, the study of
twentieth-century culture in its social, political, historical, and
material contexts has made increasingly important questions regarding the
archive as a set of practices, as an institutional apparatus, and as a
discourse network.. With such intersections in mind, scholars are invited
to submit proposals for an international, interdisciplinary conference
that will foreground engagements with the archive in relation to the study
of Modernism in its many forms. Papers presented during the conference
might include, but will not be restricted to the following suggested

- politics of the archive - archiving race, class, gender, sexuality,
nation - archival violence - architectures & topographies of the archive -
affect/erotics/fevers of the archive - ecology of the archive - the body
as archive - the archive as labyrinth or rhizome - pan-archives &
meta-archives - materialist hermeneutics & textual studies - cultural
studies in the archive - archival histories / historical archives - old
media, new media, and inter-media archives - archival methods & archival

Papers will be no more than twenty minutes in length. Please send 250 word
proposals by electronic submission to
Deadline for submissions is October 1, 2002.