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American Literature and the Archive


13 April 2018

Responsable de l'activité

Thomas Austenfeld


Prof. Thomas Austenfeld, Unifr


Prof. Randall Fuller, University of Kansas


For the past decade or so, the field of American literary studies has been preoccupied with “the archive”—which raises any number of questions: What is an archive? What constitutes an archive? What rubrics allow us to imagine archives—i.e., does the rarity of material or the size of the collection play a role in the formation of an archive? In what ways are archives gendered? In what ways do they skew our access to the past? In what ways do archives enable us to ask more contextually-sensitive and more complex questions about our subject matter? The targeted participants for this interdisciplinary workshop are primarily Swiss doctoral students from American literary and cultural studies, but students from the humanities in general are also welcome. The aim is to discuss how the archival turn has enriched and enlarged American literary studies, with a special focus on analog and digital archives and a discussion on how we might use them. Friday, April 13, 2018 9:00 arrivals and welcome 9:30-10:30 Lecture by Prof. Randall Fuller on his current research, with discussion, topic TBA Coffee break 11:00-13:00 Workshop on archives, use, legal issues and copyright, documentation issues, facilitated by Prof. Fuller, with selected readings handed out in advance. 13:00-14:30 lunch break, catered lunch at MENSA in Fribourg 14:30-approx. 16:00 at least two student doctoral presentations, with discussion and reactions from Prof. Fuller End of day.


University of Fribourg



Deadline for registration 06.04.2018
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