Archives of the Global Anglophone
Organizer: Ben Fried (Cornell University)
NeMLA 53rd Annual Convention
March 10-13, 2022
Where do we find important archives for the study of the Global Anglophone? How were their materials accumulated and how are they now arranged? What do these collections record, and what do they omit? Who can access them, particularly in this ongoing pandemic season?
This panel invites papers which explore the archives, personal or institutional, that enrich our understanding of literatures in English—and that provide material resources for research and teaching in the rising, disputed discipline of the Global Anglophone. Both established and lesser-known centers of archival study will make for welcome subjects. Papers may examine a whole institution, a particular collection, or even a single document.
Possible topics to address include the archives’ location and curation, their uses and abuses in scholarship, the connections and disparities that emerge across Anglophone literatures, the gravitational pull exerted by the wealth of Western institutions, and the potential for digitization to act as a decolonizing force.
The Global Anglophone is a disciplinary category still in search of conceptual and material frameworks: this panel aims to excavate patterns of creation, circulation, collection, and accessibility that shape the Global Anglophone as a field of literary activity and that can illuminate it as a field of literary study.
The deadline for abstracts is September 30th, 2021.
PhD Candidate, Cornell University