BAA 9th International Summer Academy - Call for Applications
The Bavarian American Academy in Munich invites applications for its 9th International Summer Academy for Doctoral Students and Junior Faculty in American Studies on
“Questions of the Archive”
May 20 – June 3, 2017 in Nürnberg
in cooperation with Florida International University and Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg
Following the widely discussed archival turn in the humanities, this year’s summer school focuses on questions of the archive, its production, authority, and transformation. We seek contributions in the broad interdisciplinary field of American studies that problematize and analyze questions of the archive with regard to
a) poststructuralist scholarship on the contingency of the archive and the epistemic anxieties it reveals,
b) assumptions of authority based on power relations (evident in canon debates and absences in the archive), and
c) more recent technological developments and the changes they imply (big data, digital humanities).
The technology of the archive informs both history and memory, and thus the archive can claim to be invested with legitimacy and status.
Questions of knowledge production in the present moment are prominently addressed by Diana Taylor (“archive and repertoire”), Ann Laura Stoler (“the colonial archive”), and James Clifford (“archival silences”); these scholars call attention to explicit and implicit assumptions about archival energies in both preserving knowledge for future generations and potentially withdrawing it from ongoing public circulation. Next to these theoretical considerations, we will explore different kinds of ‘official’ archives (material, oral, digital, and so forth), forms of subverting the archive (‘ghosts’ in the archive), and alternative archives in a global, postcolonial world.
Find out more about the program of the academy and learn how to apply