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Scholars to discuss the importance, secrets and treasures of the archive

Archive conference: Archives and archiving is the theme of a major international conference to be held at the University of Kent’s Canterbury campus 5-8 July.

The conference, titled ‘Archive’, is part of the British Comparative Literature Association’s (BCLA) triennial gathering to discuss a topic relevant to a range of disciplines. This year’s theme is set to attract more than 100 scholars from fields such as literature, politics, cinema and the digital arts.

Discussion topics will include: archiving the future; bibliomania; censored archives; collecting; conservation; drafts; fake archives; film and sound archives; imaginary archives; libraries; literary remains; lost archives; manuscripts; marginalia; politics of the archive; oral history; secrets of the archive; technologies of the archive; testimony; and the unarchived.

Speakers include: Richard Price, Head of the Modern British Collections at the British Library; Ulrich Raulff, Director of the German Literature Archive, Marbach; Max Saunders, Professor of English, King's College London; Michael Sheringham, Marshal Foch Professor of French, University of Oxford; Carolyn Steedman, Professor of History, University of Warwick; and the novelist Dubravka Ugresic.

The conference will be accompanied by the exhibition 'Policing the Boundaries of the Archive', organised by the British Cartoon Archive at the University.

‘Archive’ has been organised on behalf of the BCLA by the Centre for Modern European Literature at the University’s School of European Culture and Languages.

Dr Shane Weller, co-director of the Centre for Modern European Literature and conference organiser, said: ‘Archives are an integral part of scholarly research, yet they are rarely considered on their own terms. We hope that by bringing together scholars from a range of different countries and disciplines, this conference will shine a light on the many forms that archives can take.’


Story published at 1:23pm 5 July 2010

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