Literary Archives on the ESARBICA Agenda

At the upcoming conference of ESARBICA (the Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Branch of the International Council on Archives), Lilongwe, Malawi, 7-11 August 2017, SLA President David Sutton will give a keynote speech on methodologies for collecting literary manuscripts in African countries.

Drawing upon the work done by Diasporic Literary Archives Network and SLA colleagues with partners in Namibia (see the earlier post on Namibia here), he will cover topics including the relevance of personal papers to national heritage; collecting strategies; working with literary authors and their heirs; international comparisons; copyright issues; and institutional co-operation; and will offer the partnership of the Diasporic Literary Archives Network and SLA to any other African country which wishes to follow the Namibian example.

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Marbach Weimar Wolfenbüttel Research Association – fellowships in Digital Humanities

The Marbach Weimar Wolfenbüttel Research Association is a consortium that brings together the research activities of three significant institutions: the German Literature Archive Marbach , the Klassik Stiftung Weimar and the Herzog August Library Wolfenbüttel. Collectively these institutions are custodians of collections spanning more than 500 years of German and European literature, ideas and culture. Supported by the Federal Ministry for Education and Research, the association provides the framework for research work on three projects

The three institutions are calling for applications for several fellowships in the field of Digital Humanities, ideally lasting six months (at least three, a maximum of twelve). The programme is open to all disciplines and is directed towards young scholars (graduates at Master level) from Germany and abroad. Applicants must be working on a project linked to the interests and collections of at least one of the three institutions and make use of methods and techniques from the Digital Humanities (for example, Markup Methods for Electronic Editions, Stylometry, Topic Modelling, Visualisation). Prospective applicants should contact the relevant collection department for further information on the holdings of interest prior to preparing an application.

Deutsches Literaturarchiv Marbach | Postfach 1162 | D-71666 Marbach am Neckar
Tel. +49 (0) 7144/848-103

Klassik Stiftung Weimar | Postfach 2012 | D-99401 Weimar
Tel. +49 (0) 3643/545-579

Herzog August Bibliothek | Postfach 1364 | D-38299 Wolfenbüttel|
Tel. +49 (0) 5331/808-237

Fellows will receive a monthly stipend (€ 1,200 for graduates, € 1,800 for postgraduates); an additional travel allowance will be granted. The particular institution will support the fellow’s project with its own expertise and in finding suitable accommodation (guest houses may be available). Fellows are expected to contribute to the academic life of the particular institution and to participate in scholarly exchanges. The fellows are required to reside in Marbach, Wolfenbüttel or Weimar respectively. Unless otherwise stated, the general terms and conditions of the individual institutions apply.

Application deadline: 15 July 2017 (for a fellowship beginning at the earliest on 15 October 2017)

Applicants will need to submit the following documents:

  • application form
  • résumé/curriculum vitae and certificates
  • brief description of the research project (2 to 5 pages)
  • a letter of recommendation concerning the research project (please request that the letter of recommendation be sent directly to the institution)

Please send your application documents and enquiries to the institution from which you are requesting the scholarship.

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International Archives Day, 9 June 2017

Celebrate International Archives Day! June 9, a day of international celebration. Archives represent an unparalleled wealth. They are the documentary product of human activity and as such constitute irreplaceable testimonies of past events. They ensure the democratic functioning of societies, … Continue reading

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Special Literary & Artistic issue of ‘Comma’ in 2018

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I am delighted to inform SLA members that the editor of Comma magazine has confirmed that there will be a special literary archives issue of Comma, scheduled for the second half of 2018. Published by Liverpool University Press, Comma is … Continue reading

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Anthony C. Winkler archive goes home to Jamaica

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Acquiring Winkler’s Archives for the National Library of Jamaica by Kim Robinson-Walcott The Jamaican writer Anthony C. Winkler died in September 2015. His death was a personal loss for me in many ways. First of all, I was the person … Continue reading

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From our friends in the Finnish Literature Society GENESIS – HELSINKI 2017 Creative Processes and Archives in Arts and Humanities Helsinki, 7th – 9th June 2017 Registration open! The Finnish Literature Society (SKS) and Institut des textes & manuscrits modernes … Continue reading

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Art and activism producing new archives

Artists, scholars and activists are leading the way in the creation of new archives that document important social and political events. Increasingly they are filling some important gaps in the documentation of such events, particularly those resulting from major and … Continue reading

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