Archival Research Conference, Sept 5th

Archival Research ConferenceJoin us for the 1st Graduate Center Archival Research Conference Friday, Sept 5, 2014. GC students will present and discuss their archival research conducted over the past two years, funded by the GC Provost’s Office.

The conference will feature three sessions of student panels moderated by GC faculty, plus a roundtable featuring archivists and curators from the New York Public Library and the New-York Historical Society discussing their collections and the opportunities for GC students to explore them. Students will have a chance to meet fellow researchers over lunch and to chat with archivist-curators at the reception following the conference.

The full schedule is listed below; for detailed panel descriptions, see the full program. The conference is open to all, and no registration is necessary.

Sponsored by the Provost’s Office, The Advanced Research Collaborative, the American Studies Certificate Program, and the Graduate Center Library.

Archival Research Conference — Friday, September 52014, 9am – 3:30pm


9:00-9:20   Welcome
GC Concourse

Graduate Center Provost Louise Lennihan, Prof. Duncan Faherty  
 Free coffee in Graduate Center Concourse Lobby concourse lobby
9:20-10:20 Aesthetics, Politics, and Difference
Chair: Prof. Kandice Chuh   
Tonya Foster (English), Saisha Grayson (Art History), Denisse Andrade (EES), Paul Fess (English), Stefanie Jones (Theatre) 1 c205   
Print Culture and Canon Formation in the Early Republic
Chair: Prof. Bill Kelly
Nicole Zeftel (Comp Lit.), Brian Baaki (English), Nora Slonimsky (History), Courtney Chatellier (English), Nicole Berkin (Theatre) 2 c203   
  Mining Alternative Geographies of Race and Labor
Chair: Prof. Herman Bennett
Frances Tran (English), Gordon Barnes (History), Jenny LeRoy (English), Hector Agredano (EES), Megan Brown (History) 3 c197
Sexuality, Politics, and the Archive
Chair: Prof. Alyson Cole
Meredith Benjamin (English), Alisa Wade Harrison (History), Elizabeth Decker (English), Margaret Galvan (English), Wen Liu (Psychology) 4  c201 
10:20-10:30                                                      B R E A K
10:30-11:30 Cultures of Political Economy
Chair: Prof. Robert Reid-Pharr
David McCarthy (Music),  Flannery Amdahl (Political Science), Adam McMahon (Political Science), Sara Rutkowski (English), Velina Manalova (English) 5 c197
Critical Pedagogies and the Rewriting of Knowledge Production
Chair: Prof. Steve Brier
Nolan Chessman (English), Naja Berg Hougaard (Psychology), Laura Kaplan (Education), Diana Epelbaum (English), 6 c203
10:30-11:30 Representing Geographies of the Urban and the Rural   Chair: Prof. Cindi Katz Marjorie Gorsline (Anthropology), Jacob Cohen (Music), Katherine Uva (History), Nicholas Gamso (English), Cara Jordan (Art History) 7  c197     
DH – Featuring Winners of Provost’s Digital Innovation Grants
Prof. Matt Gold
Amanda Licastro (English), Natascia Boeri (Sociology), Micki Kaufman (History) 8  c205   
11:30-12:15                           L U N C H CONCOURSE LOBBY
12:15-1:15 Diasporic Cultures and Identity Formation
Chair: Prof. Sujatha Fernandes
Aidah Gil (History), Anahi Douglas (English), Abigail Lapin (Art History), Omar Ramadan-Santiago (Anthropology),  Rocio Gil Martinez de Escobar (Anthropology) 9 c201
The Performances of Citizenship and National Belonging
Chair: Prof. Eric Lott
Kristen Moriah (English),  Melissa Phruksachart (English), Hallie Scott (Art History), Sissi Liu (Theatre), Devora Geller (Music) 10 c203
The Long Project of Abolition and Black Radical Resistance
Chair: Prof. Don Robotham
Sean Gerrity (English), Wendy Tronrud (English), Timothy Griffiths (English), Lydia Pelot-Hobbs (EES), Laura Carter (Anthropology) 11  c205 
Lost and Found
Chair: Prof. Ammiel Alcalay
Lauren Bailey (English), Phillip Griffith (French), Gabrielle Kappes (English), Kai Krienke (Comp Lit), Megan Paslwaski (English), Alex Wermer-Colan (English) 12 c201  
1:15-1:30                                                      B R E A K
1:30-2:30 NYC Archivists Roundtable
Welcome: Chase Robinson, President, CUNY Graduate Center
Chair: Polly Thistlethwaite, Chief Librarian, CUNY Graduate Center

  • Steven G. Fullwood – Assistant Curator, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
  • Bob Kosovsky – Curator, Rare Books and Manuscripts, Music Division, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
  • Marilyn Satin Kushner – Curator and Head, Department of Prints, Photographs, and  Architectural Collections New-York Historical Society
  • Thomas Lannon – Assistant Curator, NYPL Manuscripts and Archives Division
  • Ted O’Reily – Curator and Head, Manuscript Department, Patricia D. Klingenstein Library, New-York Historical Society
  • Mary F. Yearwood – Curator, Photographs and Prints Division, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
Elebash Recital Hall
2:30-3:30                           F R E E    R E C E P T I O N Elebash Lobby

Image credit on flyer: “Paris le Samedi 12 Mai 2012” by David ESPARZA SASIN, on Flickr (CC-BY-NC 2.0)

About the Author

Shawn(ta) Smith-Cruz is an Assistant Professor and Head of Reference at the Graduate Center Library.