From Archives to Arch-Lives

Archives are no longer the exclusive domain for historians. More than ever, archives and special collections increasingly wield power over the shape and direction of historical scholarship, collective memory, and national identity. The notions of archives, history, memory, identity and power are interlinked, with archives taking a prominent and controlling role that directs how we remember and how we, and others, see ourselves. 

On the occasion of The American University in Cairo’s 100th anniversary, the Academy of Liberal Arts, Department of Rhetoric and Composition and the Rare Books and Special Collections Library (RBSCL) solicits paper proposals from librarians, archivists, curators, faculty, collectors, writers, independent scholars, and graduate students for its conference – From Archives to Arch-Lives. We also encourage proposals for slideshows, video presentations, panels, and roundtables organized around common themes. Proposals on digital humanities and other forms of digital scholarship and data-driven projects are also welcome.

Dr. Anne Gilliland
Founding President, Archival Education Research Institute 
Associate Dean for Information Studies, Graduate School of Education & Information Studies, University of California, Los Angeles.


Doris Jones
The Academy of Liberal Arts (ALA) 
Department of Rhetoric and Composition
The American University in Cairo

Heba Sheta
Office of the Associate Provost for Research, Innovation and Creativity 
The American University in Cairo

Abdel Aziz Galal
Instruction/Reference Librarian
Zayed University

Mark Muehlhaeusler
Center of Excellence for the Middle East and Arab Cultures, AUC Libraries
The American University in Cairo


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