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Association for Documentary Editing: Virtual Conference 2021 "Representation and Recovery"

"Representation and Recovery presents panels on recovery, broadly conceived, including the efforts of small-scale projects; rare or marginal texts; texts and artifacts produced by marginalized groups; texts that dislodge the single author model; the exploration of the ways in which scholarly editions, archives, and pedagogical recovery projects can avoid reproducing colonization/marginalization; the ways in which editors can offer context to historically famous figures to avoid placing them on a pedestal; and the role that new technologies, social media environments, editorial institutes, and community groups play in advancing these objectives. Presentations include projects and individuals in multiple disciplines and stages of their career, as well as those who engage in public history and advancing knowledge beyond the academy."

Dr. Roopika Risam will deliver the keynote address: “Beyond the Blacklist: Reanimating Intersectional Feminist Media Histories.”


To promote a wide range of conversations, this year’s program will be held in two portions, with an “annual meeting” on 24-27 June, and “conference/networking sessions” on 6, 13, 20, and 27 July. All events will be held virtually. Live sessions will be made available on Zoom, and recordings (where permitted) will be made available on the ADE’s YouTube channel.

ANNUAL MEETING | 24-27 June 2021:

During the last weekend of June,  we will hold sessions required by ADE’s governance. We will also use this time to hold sessions in partnership with the Theodore Roosevelt Center at Dickinson State University, the previously designated location of the 2021 conference. To support the costs of conference hosting while also remaining sensitive to financial strains during this ongoing health crisis, this portion of the conference includes tiered registration fees:

  • Patron: $25 (or more)
  • Standard: $20
  • Student, Retired, Independent Scholars: $10
  • Pay What You Can: We recognize that the past year has been financially difficult for many and welcome donations anywhere below $10. Any donations over $25 are also welcome and will be considered a Patron-level donation.


The events of 2020 highlight a long-standing threat to our multifaceted cultural heritage, including the absence of equitable representation. Black people, Indigenous peoples, US Latinos, Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, women, GLBTQ+ and those of the Global South are underrepresented within the fields of editing and archival and community-based curation and recovery. As one of many groups participating in scholarly and public communication, we are extending the conference to include a series of public forums that address such inequities.

On Tuesdays in July, the ADE will host multiple sessions in an effort to facilitate interdisciplinary conversation and reflect on the conference CFP’s themes of social justice, representation and recovery. Given the importance and value of such conversations, this portion of the conference will be free.

June 24, 2021 to July 27, 2021 12:00 am

virtual workshop

Event type: Conference


Event type: Workshop