CFP: “Silence or Screams? Archives of Race, Gender, & Sexuality.” Archival Kismet Fall 2021, December 10-11, 2021

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Call for Papers
October 1, 2021
Subject Fields: 
Women's & Gender History / Studies, Slavery, Sexuality Studies, Race Studies, History of Science, Medicine, and Technology

The Fall 2021 meeting of Archival Kismet will be held virtually December 10-11, 2021. This will be a themed meeting, entitled “Silence or Screams? Archives of Race, Gender, & Sexuality.” We particularly encourage scholars working on aspects of identity and their intersections, including (but not limited to) race, gender, and sexuality in the history of science and medicine, to submit proposals.

This non-traditional virtual conference is a forum for history researchers and those in allied disciplines to share early research findings, focusing on the objects, artifacts, and ephemera of the archive.

All presentations should be informal and centered around a specific “cool thing” or archival “find” relating to the theme—a poster, a letter, an object, a film clip, a concept, etc., or a small set of related materials. Think of your presentation like history show-and-tell.

You do not need to have conclusions or interventions staked out, and you should not present on material you have previously published. This is a space for scholars to share new archival finds and what is exciting about them, without worrying about what conclusions we will reach.

Presentations should be roughly 10 minutes long. Substantial time will be given for discussion with conference participants. Presenters are expected to attend and participate in the conversations in other panels.

The conference will take place December 10-11, 2021, hosted virtually at Mississippi State University. Please contact the co-organizers, Courtney Thompson ( and Alexandra Rutherford (, with any questions or concerns.

Submissions via this form will be accepted through October 1, 2021.

Contact Info: 

Courtney Thompson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, History, Mississippi State University