Spring 2023 Event Announcement

November 22, 2022

Spring 2023 Event Announcement

Abstract Illustration with text "Archival Imaginations"

The Global Arts + Humanities Discovery Theme is pleased to announce our spring 2023  lineup of events, including our Society of Fellows Digital Dialogues series and accompanying workshops. The theme for 2022-23 is Archival Imaginations

This year's programming brings together scholars, artists, activists and archivists to explore the concept of the “archive” as a mode of inquiry, invention and knowledge production. Troubling static notions of context and singular histories, the year’s Digital Dialogues and workshops provide an opportunity to explore established canons and conventions that sustain certain ways of knowing and remembering and the incompleteness of the historical record thereby engaging the power of archival practices as mechanisms of social justice. 


Accessibility: We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals, including individuals with disabilities, to engage fully. To request an accommodation or for inquiries about accessibility, please email globalartsandhumanities@osu.edu.




OPEN HOUSE | Rare Books and Manuscripts Zine Collection
January 27, 2023, 11 a.m. to noon (in-person)

Learn about the Rare Books and Manuscripts Library’s zine collection. During the first half of this session, curator Jolie Braun will discuss developing the collection, highlight particular strengths and explain how to use zines in teaching and research. At the end, attendees will have the opportunity to explore some of the collections’ holdings.


DIGITAL DIALOGUE THREE | Performing Archives: Bodies, Histories, Memory
February 8, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Zoom)

Digital Dialogue Three acknowledges the role of the embodiment in the creation and pluralization of archives. Panelists will consider the body as a living archive — as a site of knowledge production and cultural memory. Sharing their artistic and scholarly practices, panelists activate the memories of marginalized bodies and catalog the stories of intentional community building in response to social injustice. In addition to expanding notions of the archive, panelists will consider the limitations of the construct of the archive for thinking about memory work and for imagining new futures. 
FEATURING: Brian Harnetty (Interdisciplinary artist and member of the current Society of Fellows' faculty cohort), Crystal Michelle Perkins (Assistant Professor, Dance), Michelle Wibbelsman (Associate Professor, Spanish and Portuguese) MODERATOR: Harmony Bench (Associate Professor, Dance


WORKSHOP | Producing the Archival Body, with Jamie A. Lee
February 24, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Zoom)

This workshop reconsiders how archives are defined, understood, deployed and accessed to produce subjects. Professor Lee will introduce new understandings of archival bodies that interrogate how power circulates in archival contexts to build critical understandings of how archives shape production of knowledges and human subjectivities. FEATURING: Jamie A. Lee, Associate Professor of Digital Culture, Information and Society (University of Arizona) MODERATOR: Wendy S. Hesford, GAHDT Faculty Director and Professor of English (Ohio State)


DIGITAL DIALOGUE FOUR | Archives as Pedagogical Practice
March 30, 3:30-5 p.m.

Documenting histories of activism, resistance and resilience, the Reclaiming Our Histories and Picturing Black History projects exemplify the value of engaging students and society in public humanities recovery work. Scholar-teachers will offer strategies for integrating digital humanities projects into courses and co-curricular learning opportunities. FEATURING: Leigh Bonds, Digital Humanities Librarian (Ohio State), Nick Breyfogle, Associate Professor of History, Mytheli Sreenivas, Professor of History and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies (Ohio State) MODERATOR: Wendy S. Hesford, GAHDT Faculty Director and Professor of English (Ohio State)


Workshop | Community Archives: Zine-Making for Social Justice and Comunidad
April 5, noon to 1:30 p.m., Barnett Center Collaboratory

This workshop will explore zines as sites of knowledge production that disrupt conventional ways of knowing, learning, remembering, and documenting. We will focus on zines as cultural productions that materialize the pursuit of social transformation through protests on the page. Participants will create zines and have the option of producing per-zines (personal narrative zines) or collaborative zines that reflect personal and collective interests and urgencies. FEATURING: Adela C. Licona, Associate Professor Emeritus of English (University of Arizona) and Founder of The Art of Change Agency, Susana Sepulveda (aka Susy Riot), PhD student in Gender and Women’s Studies (University of Arizona)