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Call for Papers: Centering the Marginal - Toward Inclusivity in the Documentation of Student Struggle

How have student organizers advanced diversity, equity, and inclusion at their colleges and universities?  What are the concerns of student activists in regards to documentation and preservation of their digital lives as a members of communities traditionally silenced or underdocumented in mainstream archives? How can social media records democratize archival spaces? 

Contemporary student activism is undergoing a transformation as the traditional methods of direct action through demonstrations and protests converge with online practices where organizing, communication, solicitation, and interrogation occurs primarily within digital spaces. As the discourse on centering marginalized communities within mainstream archives emerges, archivists and other information professionals are being tasked to document this rise in student activism, especially movements led by students in those communities. The archival profession must document the full scope of student life with the objective of capturing these richly diverse histories because they are pertinent to the evolution of colleges and universities and their role in society. 

Issues surrounding diversity, equity, and inclusion have historically been the most consistent area of student activism at the University of Rhode Island. That history will serve as the backdrop for the June 3, 2019 Project STAND (STudent Activism Now Documented) symposium at URI.

This forum will examine student activism through the lens of difference (including, but not limited to ability, class, gender, race, and sexual orientation) as well as the role of student organizers in advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion at their colleges and universities.  It will provide vital discourse on levels of engagement of student organizers, the impact of place and space first on the development of campus culture and later on student activism, and difference as it pertains to student activism.  The forum will also include an investigation of traditional archival praxis within the realm of social media and a discussion of how to forge a more equitable relationship between the record creator and the repository.

The conveners of the second Project STAND symposium seek presentations related to the ways information professionals can best engage with student activists from vulnerable communities to ethically document their experiences and activities. For information about the first Project STAND symposium, see 

We invite submissions from students, archivists, faculty, librarians, independent scholars, and community members - to actively participate in the conference.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Archival Praxis and activist archives
  • Archivists as activists
  • Community Archives
  • Digital Presence and Permanence
  • Digital Technologies as tools/weapons
  • Institutional Barriers
  • Intersectionalities and student activism
  • Language and Representation 
  • Organizer vs. Activist
  • Outreach
  • Post-custodial archives
  • Privacy, Ethics, Power of Consent
  • The Right to Be Forgotten
  • Silences in the Archives
  • Student activism as labor
  • The Student as Creator, Custodian, and Historian
  • Tokenism
  • University rhetoric vs. campus reality

Proposals Should Include:   
An abstract of 300-500 words, brief biographical statement (75 words), and 3-5 keywords.
Please direct questions to:  Karen Morse at

More information is available at

Deadline for Abstracts: April 8, 2019
Notifications of Acceptance will go out: April 22, 2019
Deadline for Submission of Symposium Papers: May 24, 2019
Presentation Date:  June 3, 2019

Call for Submissions