Potential History of the Archive: The Micro Study of a Macro Institution
November 29, 4-6pm
Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum
600 South Gregory, Urbana
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Archives are interwoven with the presence of those who occupy various positions of power, authorizing them to both preserve and expose materials, as well as with the presence of those who come to leaf through those materials. Yet, archives are also sites of “potential history,” unrealized possibility that motivated and directed the actions of various actors in the past, and of a possibility that may become our own and be reactivated to guide our actions. The power and potentiality of archives brings us to the juncture of the macro and micro, large-scale power structures and smaller scale forms of civil relations and being-together that existed, and exist, at any moment in history without being shaped solely let alone exhausted by macro institutions. This talk will draw on Professor Azoulay’s micro engagement with photographic archives of U.S. slavery to argue for the civil possibilities within the macro structures and macro histories of regime-made disasters.
We’re thrilled to announce that “Digital Editorial Practice and the Humanities Classroom,” a proposal from the SourceLab Forum, has been designated a Research Cluster by the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities, for 2017-2018.
We look forward to an exciting year!
“The Conde de Montemar Letters: Opening the Vault to Andean History”
Antonio Sotomayor, Assistant Professor, Librarian of Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Silvia Escanilla Huerta, PhD Candidate in History
The University Library at the University of Illinois owns a unique collection of eighteenth-century letters from the family of the Count of Montemar, Diego José Carrillo de Albornoz y Bravo de Lagunas between 1761 and 1799. This project will digitize part of the collection, presenting diplomatic transcriptions, historical essays, and an annotated bibliography. The goal of the project is to provide open access to this set of unique letters and foster the research and instruction of Andean Studies in an interdisciplinary fashion. Presenters will discuss the origins of the project and contextualize it in Latin American digital humanities. We will also discuss some of the main challenges as well as its potentials.
“Toward a Digital Edition of Proust’s Correspondence”
François Proulx, Assistant Professor of French and Italian
Caroline Szylowicz, Kolb-Proust Librarian, Associate Professor of Library Administration
We are an international team of scholars creating a fully digital, open-access edition of the letters of Marcel Proust. This collaboration brings together the University of Illinois, whose collection of nearly 1,200 Proust letters is the largest in the world; the Université Grenoble Alpes, home to faculty experts on Proust’s correspondence and in digital humanities; and the Institut des textes et manuscrits modernes, where a long tradition of scholarly research on Proust’s manuscripts is now taking a digital turn. We do not propose an online version of the existing paper edition of Proust’s letters (21 volumes, 1970-1993), which is highly valuable but outdated. Instead our long-term goal is to produce an updated and augmented digital edition, observing rigorous scholarly protocols, of this evolving corpus – nearly 5,900 letters known to date, up from 5,356 in the paper edition.
Please take a moment to browse the existing Kolb-Proust Archive database.
Come to our March Forum with a discussion on History Harvest!
History Harvest Discussion with Prof. Patrick Jones (University of Nebraska-Lincoln)
Monday, March 13, 2017
Lincoln Hall Room 1024
Co-Sponsored with the Public History Research Cluster
Our next Forum, on Monday, March 13, has had a room change. The event will be held in Lincoln Hall 1024.
To foster a robust discussion, have a look at the History Harvest website, including the multimedia resources that explain the work of History Harvest. Come with questions!
We’ve got space for a couple more projects for the Spring 2017 semester! If you have a photograph, a video, textual material, or any archival find and you would like some research help with it, then submit your proposal to us.
All you need to do is fill out this one-page proposal form with necessary information and we will take it from there. The deadline of February 6 is fast approaching.
And we’ll be letting you know of our planned SourceLab Forum events coming up!
We’re looking for a few good projects to begin development in Spring 2017, here at SourceLab. Have ideas? Let us know!
Please see the attached CFP. Deadline for Spring: February 6.