Imagining Archives: A Symposium

Department: Poetics, History, Theory at UCI

Date and Time: February 21, 2020 | 9:30 AM-7:00 PM

Event Location: Humanities Gateway 1030

Event Details

What is an archive? What can we learn from archives? How do public archives differ from private ones? Is an archive a resource for scholarship or a product of scholarship? Is an archive an aspiration or a hidden collection of regrets? Do archives produce new knowledge or tell old stories?

This symposium features five distinguished scholars who have worked in, created, theorized, constructed, and de-constructed a variety of literary archives. They will talk about and through paper, digital, sound, visual, and imaginary archives, both past and present.

This is an all-day event. Each speaker will give a plenary paper which will be followed by time for ample discussion. Admission to the symposium is free and open to the public. Participants are encouraged to stay for the entire day in order to build one conversation across the five papers.

Imagining Archives
Friday, February 21st from 9:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.


9:30 AM: Coffee and Welcome

10:15 AM: Meredith McGill (Rutgers University)
11:30 AM: Harris Feinsod (Northwestern University)

12:30 PM: Lunch

2:00 PM: Meredith Martin (Princeton University)
3:15 PM: Caleb Smith (Yale University)
4:30 PM: Juliana Spahr (Mills College)

6:00 PM: Reception

Please save the date and join us for the day. Feel free to contact for more details.

More information on the speakers can be found here:

Meredith McGill:

Harris Feinsod:

Meredith Martin:

Caleb Smith

Juliana Spahr:

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