Dusting Off the Archives

19-21 October 2017

9th Sesquiannual University of Tulsa English Graduate Student Conference

Tulsa, Oklahoma

Program Schedule PDF

Call for Papers

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Emily Friedman, Auburn University

What is an archive? Is it a collection of print materials? Is it determined by size, number, medium, or rarity? Does it exist in a library (e.g. periodicals collection), or special collections? Who collects/owns archival material? What is it that composes an archive? What does it physically look like? Often as scholars we take archives for granted; they are available for use and study in most universities and we rely heavily on them for our own research and teaching. Not only do archives reshape our understanding of literary periods and reframe our understanding of canonical authors, they also provide opportunity to (re)discover texts that have been lost, forgotten, or ignored. This conference invites participants to explore how archives shape our understanding of the humanities, through literary analysis and reflection on archival methodology.

Tulsa is home to several different types of archives, including McFarlin Library’s Special Collections, the Helmerich Center for American Research at Gilcrease Museum, which holds the Bob Dylan archive among others, and the Modernist Journals Project, a collaborative digitization project with Brown University. Within this archive-rich setting, the 2017 English Graduate Student Conference at the University of Tulsa, “Dusting Off the Archives,” invites presentations on the theme of archives, broadly conceived. We welcome work on a wide variety of topics and subjects, including, but not limited to:

Discovery, revelation, research process, theories about things, objects, space, Actor-Network Theory, gendered archives, high vs. low art, marginalia, ephemera, old vs. new, memory, publicity, celebrity, biographical studies, cultural studies, time, periodical studies, seriality, print culture, epistolary writing, diary writing, multimedia studies, translation studies, manuscript studies, museum studies.

Because archival projects are extremely and inevitably varied in both form and content, we plan to host different kinds of panels and presentations incorporating both traditional and experimental methods in order to bring attention to the different kinds of archival research and labor that we undertake as students, teachers, and scholars. We therefore invite submissions for the following categories:

  • Traditional conference papers
  • Shorter presentations about the presenter’s personal experience with archives
  • Presentations on Digital Humanities projects
  • We also welcome participants to combine narratives of archival experience with more traditional forms of analysis

We encourage papers from other disciplines including Art, Music, History, Communications, Journalism, Sociology, Political Science, Women’s Studies, and Creative Writing, as well as papers not related to the conference theme. We welcome submissions from undergraduates as well.

Please submit abstracts and proposals (no more than 350 words) to

Deadline for proposals and abstracts: March 1, 2014

Conference fees: $10 Current EGSA Member / $15 Non-EGSA Member

Keynote Speakers

ecf0004Emily C. Friedman received her BA from Bryn Mawr College, her MA from the Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies at the University of York, and her PhD from the University of Missouri.   Her teaching and research interests center on the eighteenth-century. She is particularly interested in the “conversational” aspects of literary works, including notions of adaptation, print culture, book history, correspondence, education, reading practice, and the interaction between performance and prose. Her current research attempts to understand constructions of (and resistance to) ending and closure in the eighteenth century.

Submission Instructions

Abstracts of 250-300 words for papers not exceeding 20 minutes should be submitted by September 1, 2017 to the organizers at, or through regular post: EGSA Conference Committee, English Dept. Zink Hall, The University of Tulsa, 800 S. Tucker Drive, Tulsa, OK 74104. Please include the title of your paper, your name, your contact information, institutional affiliation, and any presentation requirements (laptops, projectors, etc.) you may have.

There is a registration fee of $15 for all presenters (excluding TU graduate students who can register for $10 and TU undergraduates who can register for $5).

Conference Dates and Locations

Thursday, October 19th 2017 through Saturday, October 21st 2017 on campus at the University of Tulsa.


If you have any questions or require further information, please e-mail the conference co-directors Amy Pezelle and Megan Gibson at



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