New Issue: Archival Science

Volume 23, issue 2, June 2023
— select articles are open access

Applying Records in Contexts in Portugal: the case of the scientific correspondence from António de Barros Machado and Dora Lustig archive
Catarina SantosJorge Revez

Correction: Applying Records in Contexts in Portugal: the case of the scientific correspondence from António de Barros Machado and Dora Lustig archive
Catarina SantosJorge Revez

Accountability, human rights and social justice in public sector recordkeeping
Mark FarrellBert GordijnAlan J. Kearns

Search, save and share: family historians’ engagement practices with digital platforms
Henriette RouedHelene CastenbrandtBárbara Ana Revuelta-Eugercios

Use of port archives made public: criticism of hegemonic history pertaining to the Jewish presence in Greek Thessaloniki
Shai Srougo

Slide decks as government publications: exploring two decades of PowerPoint files archived from US government websites
Trevor OwensJonah Estess

“Maybe in a few years I’ll be able to look at it”: a preliminary study of documentary issues in the Ukrainian refugee experience
Magdalena Wiśniewska-DrewniakJames LowryNadiia Kravchenko

Archivist in the machine: paradata for AI-based automation in the archives
Jeremy DavetBabak HamidzadehPatricia Franks

CFP: Artefacts XXVIII National Museum of Nature and Science in Tokyo, Japan, October 8–10, 2023

Call for Proposals for the conference

ARTEFACTS XXVIII “Wide-Angle and Long-Range Views”

ARTEFACTS is an international network of academic and museum-based scholars of science, technology and medicine interested in promoting the use of objects in research. The network was established in 1996 and since then has held annual conferences examining the role of artefacts in the history of science and technology and related areas.

For the first time in its history, ARTEFACTS goes to Asia this year. The twenty-eighth conference will be held at the National Museum of Nature and Science in Tokyo, Japan, October 8–10, 2023. The meeting will be in-person.

A gathering in Japan, where “Western” science and technology have been transferred to the unique culture of a long tradition, must provide an opportunity to reflect on the processes and consequences of globalization once again after the severest years of COVID-19. In addition, the Japanese National Museum of Nature and Science comprises both natural history and the history of science and technology, and, if combined, it will be an ideal place to reflect on human activities in much longer “history” of nature. When the authors of The History Manifesto insisted on long-term thinking (Guldi and Armitage 2014), one of the commentators contributing to Isis pointed to the absence of museums in their discussion, concluding that “we urgently need the wide-angle, long-range views only historical museums can provide” (Söderqvist 2016). In a broad interpretation, we will pursue this possibility based on museum objects and other artefacts.

We invite papers that explore topics such as, but not limited to

  • Global circulation or transnational motion of objects/collections of science and technology, especially related to East Asia
  • Role of artefacts not only in connecting, but also in disconnecting transnational circulation of knowledge
  • Role of local crafts and historical materials in communicating contemporary science and technology in a globalized world
  • Scientific, digital and other approaches to long-term history complementing text-based historical studies
  • Intersections between history of science and technology and natural history at large, including the history of universe and the history of earth
  • Museum practices (exhibitions, in particular) and theoretical considerations of presenting wide-angle and long-range views on history for public audiences

ARTEFACTS conferences are friendly and informal meetings with the character of workshops. There is plenty of time for open discussion and networking. Each contributor will be allocated a 20 minutes slot for her or his talk, plus ample time for questions and discussion. Please send a proposal for papers (ca. 500 words) along with a brief CV to no later than June 30, 2023. Please remember that the focus of presentations should be on artefacts.

We are also pleased to announce that we have decided to offer some funding to defray the costs of participating in the meeting, mainly for early-career scholars. To apply, please send the following information to by May 21:

  • Name, institution, and short CV
  • Tentative title and short abstract (max. 100 words) of your proposal
  • Tentative itinerary, including the estimate of your anticipated airline, train, or other travel costs to Japan.

If you plan to receive other funding for your travel, please include the details.

Important dates:

  • May 21, 2023                          Deadline for application to the supplementary travel fund
  • June 30, 2023                          Deadline for abstract submission
  • July 14, 2023                          Notification of acceptance of paper and announcement of awardee of the supplementary travel fund
  • July 21, 2023                          Publication of the provisional program
  • October 8–10, 2023                Conference in Tokyo

Contact Info: 

Nobumichi ARIGA
Associate Professor, Graduate School of Language and Society, Hitotsubashi University
Affiliated Researcher, Department of Science and Technology, National Museum of Nature and Science
2-1 Naka, Kunitachi, Tokyo 186-8601, JAPAN

Hiroto KONO
Curator, Department of Science and Technology, National Museum of Nature and Science
4-1-1 Amakubo, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0005, JAPAN

Contact Email:


CFP: Digital Platforms and Agency, Lateral Special Section

Digital Platforms and Agency

Special Section of Lateral

500 word Abstracts due June 30th, 2023

How do digital platforms shape our agency, and how do we shape digital platforms in turn? What is the role of digital platforms in forming our social, cultural, and political practices?  How and whom do digital platforms (dis)empower? This special section of Lateral invites scholars from diverse fields to advance critical cultural inquiry at the convergence of platforms and agency on digital, networked, and/or new media. 

A digital platform is a standard which facilitates computational interactions between users and systems, according to Ian Bogost. Ubiquitous but self-effacing, platforms increasingly mediate the constitution and expression of consciousness. Troubling clean divisors between humanity and technology, platforms pose a challenge to monolithic, individuated, and humanist notions of agency that the field of cultural studies is uniquely poised to address. 

Thus, this section calls for scholars to attend to the ways in which platforms differentially amplify, accelerate, diminish, and subvert the agency of users, systems, and communities. We see this work following Beth Coleman’s characterization of networked agency as “the disruptive technology of our time” which troubles clean divisors between human/nonhuman, virtual/actual, and individual/system. This section will deepen Coleman’s provocation by demystifying discrepancies of access, leverage, and capacity that characterize the emergence of platforms within our stratified political system. 

We seek a diverse collection of essays that reflect the interdisciplinarity of cultural studies and platform studies. We encourage submissions from myriad traditions and approaches including media studies, political economy, performance studies, communication, composition, science and technology studies, gender studies, sociology, computer science, and more. 

Contributions to this session may, for instance: 

  • Evaluate the entanglement of platform cultures within the politics of representation and regimes of symbolic violence
  • Critique structures of power on/of platforms, such as anti-blackness and digital colonialism, which inhibit and afford agency
  • Reveal the ramifications of platform capitalism, mediated labor relations, and the development and/or subversion of political consciousness
  • Develop posthuman challenges to agency by scrutinizing the impact of emerging technologies such as Artificial Intelligence
  • Trace the political ramifications of digital platforms and agency at play: video games, streaming, and/or social media
  • Compare imaginations and practices of algorithmic governance
  • Interrogate datafication as a constraint against or catalyst of networked subjectivities

Please send all submissions and inquiries to Potential authors should submit a 500-word abstract by June 30, 2023 to Platforms and Agency co-editors Elaine Venter and Reed Van Schenck to be considered for publication. Abstracts will be reviewed by the editors by August 30, 2023. Final submissions for publication of 5,000–9,000 words expected by March 1, 2024. All submissions will undergo a double-anonymous peer review process according to journal policies.

Contact Info: 

Reed Van Schenck and Elaine Venter

Contact Email:


Hagley Library/Oral History Project/Deadline June 1st

The Oral History Office of the Hagley Library invites applications for oral history project support. These grants of up to $5,000 are awarded twice annually. Project grant funds may be used to reimburse costs associated with travel to interviewees. Funds may also be for equipment purchases but not stipends. Reimbursement of costs will take place promptly after submission of the interview sound file, metadata, release forms, and receipts.

Interviews must be conducted in English and in accordance with the standards of the Oral History Association and the Hagley Library’s own technical requirements (available upon request). Oral history projects must fit within Hagley’s collecting scope, broadly the interconnected histories of American business, technology, and society.

Grant recipients must use Hagley’s release form and ensure that any restrictions will permit public access to the interviews within a reasonable timeframe, specific terms to be negotiated. In consultation with the interviewer, Hagley will transcribe interviews and make the transcribed interviews available to the interviewer and as part of our public archive.

The oral history project support grant in December 2022 was awarded to Elizabeth K. Moore, a freelance writer, and Robert D.L. Gardiner Foundation Fellow at the Gotham Center for New York City History at CUNY’s Graduate School. Her project, tentatively titled Long Island Railroad Political History, explores the political history of the Long Island Railroad from the opening of Pennsylvania station to the completion of East Side Access. Her book project will explore the interplay of national, state, and local political pressures on the railroad, and how New Yorkers and Long Islanders came to terms with their mutual need for it.

For more information please visit:

Deadlines: June 1 and December 1

CFP: ICAMT-ICOM 49th International Conference: Undoing Conflict in Museums: materiality and meaning of museum architecture and exhibition design

The University of Porto will host the 49th International Conference of ICAMT-ICOM next October 25th to 27th. The event will be co-organized by the Center for Transdisciplinary Research “Culture, Space, and Memory” (CITCEM) and the Center for Studies in Architecture and Urbanism (CEAU). The conference’s central theme is “Undoing Conflict in Museums: Materiality and Meaning of Museum Architecture and Exhibition Design.” Participants will focus their discussions on the power of conflict exhibitions and the role of architecture and exhibition design in managing conflict in museums.

The conference offers the option to select from multiple round table discussions that will focus on four key themes:

(HOT) TOPICS                     
Key Theme 1 – Dealing with Conflict                                                                                                                          Key Theme 2 – Symbols of Conflict                                                                                                                          Key Theme 3 – Processes and Conflict                                                                                                                    Key Theme 4 – Healing, Resistance and the Future

Applicants to this event will be able to do so through the following presentation formats:                 

  • Paper Presentations – They will be face-to-face and last 15 to 20 minutes (max.).
  • Digital Posters – Static image (jpeg, jpg) for online display.
  • Short-Videos – Presentation of 8 to 10 minutes for online viewing.

All submissions and presentations (oral presentations, posters, short videos) must be made in English.

Proposals must be sent to the following email address: by May 31, 2023 (midnight GTM)

Other important dates are:

July 5, 2023 – Communication of acceptance or rejection of the proposal.

September 5, 2023 (midnight GMT) – Deadline for final papers, posters and short videos submission.

Contact Email:


CFP: Taboo in Cultural Heritage: Reverberations of colonialism and national socialism

Theme description

In the spring and summer of 2020, a wave of statue defacements and removals spread across the world. As part of the Black Lives Matter protests, monuments in many countries were labeled as inappropriate due to their relationship with colonial histories and racial injustices. This ‘burdened heritage’ was considered taboo: something that should not have a physical presence in public space. In that same year, as a direct reaction to the Black Lives Matter protests, the exhibition Are Jews white? (Jewish Museum, Amsterdam) tried to break a taboo by discussing color and the question of where Jews find themselves in the identity politics spectrum of Black and White.

Soon after, a controversy about the ‘uniqueness’ and ‘comparability’ of the Holocaust arose: ‘Historikerstreit 2.0’ as it was frequently called, with reference to the debate of the late 1980s. A number of historians pointed to the taboo against challenging the ‘uniqueness’ of the Holocaust by comparing it with colonial violence, which is also present in the memory of these histories in today’s society (e.g., in monuments, exhibitions, restitution issues, debates about apologies and reparations, etc.).

Taboo is a subject, word, or action that is avoided or forbidden for religious, social or political reasons. Although there are certain taboos that appear to be virtually universal, most taboos vary with cultures and times. Objects, sites, or practices appropriated as cultural heritage, can at a later moment in history be redesignated as problematic, no longer conforming to certain norms and values. Conversely, (former) taboos can be contested, eventually triggering the ‘heritagization’ and display of hitherto banned objects and sites.

Unsurprisingly, taboo and tabooed issues get less attention in humanities and heritage practices than the canon or the canonized. However, canon and taboo could be considered two sides of the same coin; they are interdependent. For that reason alone, it is important to address the subject of taboo as well, and not turn a blind eye to it. For example, the canonization of modernist art after World War II went hand in hand with tabooing art produced under National Socialism. Nowadays, there is a renewed interest at museums in exhibiting these works, sparking controversy and debate.

This international conference aims to reflect on the concept of taboo in relation to cultural heritage in the context of colonialism and national socialism and their reverberations in society. What can the dynamics of taboo convey about today’s globalizing world? How have taboos shaped (and continue to shape) and impacted the process of cultural heritage making? How do taboos generate heritage dissonance (Tunbridge and Ashworth, 1996)? How does the concept apply to ‘difficult heritage’ (Macdonald, 2009)? How do/could/should cultural heritage professionals deal with questioning the display, adjustment or removal of such ‘burdened heritage’, and is every heritage professional and scholar ‘allowed’ to address every topic?

Paper submission

We welcome abstracts for papers from all humanities and social sciences. It is our contention that by focusing on taboos in cultural heritage from an interdisciplinary and international perspective, they will become, again, negotiable.

Apart from emerging and senior scholars in academia, we also invite heritage professionals to present a paper. They are often at the center of public debates, and need to take a position on tabooed issues in their daily practice. Professionals might benefit from current academic discourse and vice versa. We are looking for theoretical and philosophical approaches, terminological and conceptual reflections as well as representative case studies from all disciplines.

Artistic contributions:
We also warmly invite proposals for contributions from artists working with the themes of the conference. Formats to share artistic research are open but might include workshops, films, and performance-lectures. However applicants should be aware that we do not have capacity to provide extensive technical and production support.

Proposals may include, but are by no means limited to:

  • Issues of taboo and transgression;
  • Interrelationships between tabooization and canonization;
  • Tabooed cultural heritage related to national socialism and (post)colonialism;
  • Rejected heritage;
  • Tabooing art and cultural heritage for political and ideological reasons;
  • Stigma and taboo;
  • Taboo and positionality (Global North/South; gender and sexuality);
  • Taboo in museology;
  • Looted art and restitution.

Confirmed keynote speakers

  • Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela (Stellenbosch, South Africa)
  • Sharon Macdonald (Berlin, Germany) 

Practical information

Abstracts max 400 words and biography max 150 words can be sent to

Deadline: 1 August 2023. The conference will take place on 1 and 2 February 2024 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

We will publish contributions of this conference in a peer-reviewed edited volume.

Organized by the Open University of the Netherlands; Reinwardt Academie, University of the Arts; and the University of Amsterdam.

Contact Info: Gregor M. Langfeld and Judy Jaffe-Schagen

Contact Email:


New Issue: Information & Culture

Volume 58, Issue 1 (April 2023)

Present and Past: the Relevance of Information History
Laura Skouvig

This article contributes to the ongoing conversation about information history. The article argues for reformulating and pinpointing legitimacy and relevance as core issues characterizing information history and for drawing on theoretical input from historical disciplines such as conceptual history and microhistory. Different notions about history reflect how the individual historian approaches information as an object for historical scrutiny which ultimately allows for multiple research strategies. Information history also deals with traditional history topics such as structures vs. actors, change vs. continuity, and context. The article argues for seeing information history as histories of information.

This Copyright Kills Fascists: Debunking the Mythology Surrounding Woody Guthrie, “This Land is Your Land,” and the Public Domain
Dr. Jason Lee Guthrie

Advocates of an expanded public domain and less restrictive copyright policies have made Woody Guthrie a cause célèbre for their point of view. Meditations on his artistic persona are used to support their argument, as is a direct quote about copyright that is cited with surprising frequency despite lacking proper citation. This research locates the source for Guthrie’s copyright quote and corrects several false assumptions about its meaning as well as about Guthrie’s wider copyright activities. For proponents of public domain expansion that have mythologized Guthrie, this research thoroughly debunks that myth.

Federal Support For The Development Of Speech Synthesis Technologies: A Case Study Of The Kurzweil Reading Machine
Sarah A. Bell

This case study situates an early text-to-speech computer developed for blind persons, the Kurzweil Reading Machine (KRM), within a broader history of speech synthesis technologies. Though typically no more than a footnote in the technical history of speech synthesis, I show that the KRM was still a powerful symbol of innovation that reveals how disability can be used as a pretext for funding technology development. I argue that various boosters held the KRM up as a symbol of technological solutionism that promised to fully enroll blind people into the US political economy. However, the success of the KRM as a symbol belies its technical flaws, the federal subsidies needed to bring it to fruition, and the structural barriers to its use that were elided by its utopian promise.

Care and Feeding for the Computer: Imagining Machines’ Preventive Care and Medicine
Rachel Plotnick

This article investigates how computing discourses, including user guides, news articles, and advertisements, urged personal computer users in the 1970s and 80s to preventively care for their devices. Through hygiene recommendations related to eating, drinking, and dusting, these discourses warned that computers’ “health” depended upon humans. Importantly, they interpreted care as individual responsibility by putting the onus on users to behave properly. Within this frame, such texts described repairs as unfortunate medical interventions resulting from neglect. The piece argues that computing discourses have historically defined “care” and “repair” in opposition, as acts of doting prevention and undesirable intervention respectively.

An Introduction to Dr. Husam Khalaf’s “The Cultural Genocide of the Iraqi and Jewish Archives and International Responsibility”
translated and edited by Amanda Raquel Dorval

This is an Arabic-to-English translation of Dr. Husam Abdul Ameer Khalaf’s article “The Cultural Genocide of the Iraqi and Jewish Archives and International Responsibility.” Khalaf contends that the loss of Iraqi archives after Saddam Hussein’s fall and subsequent US Occupation in 2003 was cultural genocide. The first part of the article focuses on the losses suffered by official archives, national archives, the Ba’ath party archives, and the Iraqi-Jewish Archive. The second discussion examines the international laws governing the protection of cultural heritage and the extent to which the US-led Multinational Force was responsible for the loss of Iraqi archives.

Trusted Eye: Post-World War II Adventures of a Fearless Art Advocate by Claudia Fontaine Chidester (review)

A fascinating book, rich in archivalia, anecdotes, and insight, Trusted Eye documents the life and career of Virginia Fontaine (né Hammersmith, 1915-1991), “one of the most important promotors of art among the members of the American occupation forces” in immediate post-Second World War Germany.

Lightning Birds: An Aeroecology of the Airwaves by Jacob Smith (review)

Jacob Smith’s Lightning Birds: An Aeroecology of the Airwaves is an accessible work about an esoteric topic—the “aerosphere” as a contact point between birds and radio broadcasts. Smith traces an overlapping history of ornithology and radio, transforming a whimsical observation about the sky into a persuasive and often entertaining case for thinking about media technologies ecologically, in relation to animals and earthly processes.

Cut/Copy/Paste: Fragments from the History of Bookwork by Whitney Trettien (review)

With the rapid development of book history as a discipline, recent work has focused on breaking down the book’s elements, forms, genres, and agents into discrete units for close study; zooming in on titlepages, frontispieces and indices, for example, or singling out exceptional publishers, illustrators, and binders. Whitney Trettien’s new book and digital project is a much-needed step back that explores how these delineations obscure the messy world of “bookwork”.

Useful Objects: Museums, Science, and Literature in Nineteenth-Century America by Reed Gochberg (review)

In Useful Objects: Museums, Science, and Literature in Nineteenth-Century America, Reed Gochberg offers an engaging analysis of informational institutions during a period of change across the nineteenth-century. Gochberg, whose background is in American literature and culture, draws from a variety of sources, including children’s literature, travel guides, and newspaper advertisements, in order to show the breadth of nineteenth-century people thinking and writing about collection and presentation practices related to the newly conceptualized exhibition and research space.

Data Lives: How Data are Made and Shape our World by Rob Kitchin (review)

As we become more swaddled by data in our everyday lives, it becomes almost impossible to fully comprehend its impact and potential outcomes in the future. In Data Lives, Rob Kitchin takes a novel approach to examine a complex topic that is data. Instead of choosing a traditional academic writing style, Kitchin blends fictional and personal stories to explain how data are produced, processed and interpreted, as well as the consequences of these actions.

Index, A History of the: A Bookish Adventure from Medieval Manuscripts to the Digital Age by Dennis Duncan (review)

More often than not, today’s book indexes are afterthoughts. Typeset at the last second lest the pagination shift, squeezed into narrow columns, and tucked into the back of the book, the index is an unassuming, if obligatory, part of your average non-fiction text. Taken for granted as long as it does its job, the index tends to draw attention only where it fails, missing or mislabeled entries sending readers on a wild goose chase through the pages. While the index is certainly a crucial piece of information technology, it is more than a mere tool; it is a site of comedy and controversy, of poetry and wit. Or so Dennis Duncan, a lecturer in English at University College London, argues in Index, A History of the: A Bookish Adventure from Medieval Manuscripts to the Digital Age.

A Time to Gather: Archives and the Control of Jewish Culture by Jason Lustig (review)

What does it mean for the marginalized and the persecuted to control their data, and thus shape their destiny? In his book, A Time to Gather: Archives and the Control of Jewish Culture, Jason Lustig explores this very twenty-first-century question through the lens of the history of twentieth-century Jewish archives.

Call for contributions: Interfaces

Call for contributions: Interfaces (volume 52, 2024)

Bibliophilia: Book Matters

In December 2024, the bilingual online journal Interfaces will issue a volume on the relation between the book, its materials and the lifeforms of the non-human world. It welcomes papers (in English or in French) showcasing the book as ecomedia that can be explored from the perspective of ecocritical intermediality. The theme of this volume will also reflect the environmental and ecocritical turn in art history, and it may prompt theoretical forays into media archaeology. The papers can cover a wide variety of sources, such as single editions or book series, publishers’ and suppliers’ archives, librarian’s catalogues and book artists’ writings. Book historians and print scholars, specialists of ecocriticism and environmental history, plant studies and animal studies, of craft and material culture, word-and-image studies and literature, are invited to submit papers on the following topics of discussion:

– Ambivalence of the book as archive of the living world

– Affordances, textuality and physicality

– Networks and ecosystems

Deadlines for submission: please send an abstract (500 words, in English or in French) and a biobibliographical note to before 1st September 2023. If accepted, the completed papers will have to be submitted by 29th February 2024. All submitted articles should follow the journal’s guidelines and stylesheet: and they will be double-blind peer reviewed. The final version of the accepted papers will have to be delivered by 1st September 2024.

Download the complete call for contributions here…

Contact Info: 

Sophie Aymes (guest editor):

New Issue: Manuscript and Text Cultures

Vol. 2 No. 1 (2023): Navigating the text: textual articulation and division in pre-modern cultures
(open access)

Editorial article

Introduction: navigating complex texts from pre-modern cultures in the digital age
Yegor Grebnev, Lesley Smith


Navigating early Chinese daybook divination manuals
Christopher J. Foster

Structuring astral science: a Demotic astrological manual from Graeco-Roman Egypt (Berlin, Egyptian Museum, P. Berlin 8345)
Andreas Winkler

A trilingual sales contract on papyrus from Roman Arabia (P.Yadin I 22)
Michael Zellmann-Rohrer

The page architecture of a deluxe Arabic dictionary from Islamic Spain
Umberto Bongianino

Legally binding: the textual layout of a copper-plate grant from South Asia
Francesco Bianchini

The Karlevi runestone
Heather O’Donoghue

Cambridge, Trinity College, MS B.5.4, folio 135v: the Psalms, with commentary by Peter Lombard
Lesley Smith

Reading Ancient Maya hieroglyphic books
Christian Prager

MS Parma, Biblioteca Palatina, Parm. 3852: a meeting point for a medieval Ethiopian king-usurper with modern pro-Italian actors
Nafisa Valieva

Call for Editorial Board Members: Literary and Cultural Heritage Maps of Pennsylvania Project

The Literary and Cultural Heritage Maps of Pennsylvania project is seeking Editorial Board members to assist in ongoing efforts to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) on its sites and within its editorial operations. For additional project and application details, see below. If interested, contact Bernadette A. Lear (, Affiliate Faculty of the PACFTB and Administrator of the Maps initiative, no later than Friday, July 14th, 2023.

The Literary and Cultural Heritage Maps of Pennsylvania is a digital humanities project and reference source developed and maintained by the Pennsylvania Center for the Book (PACFTB, a state affiliate of the Library of Congress Center for the Book) within the Education Library at Penn State’s University Park campus. It currently consists of a database of approximately 1,000 biographies of literary and cultural figures who are connected to Pennsylvania, about 300 feature articles concerning Pennsylvania cultural history topics, plus a Literary Heritage Map, a Cultural Heritage Map, and other maps that present similar information geospatially. Elementary and secondary curricula are being developed to encourage educational use of the sites. For more information, see our About page.

Inspired by a paper-based map from the 1950s and significantly expanded 10-20 years ago, our existing biographies and feature articles were primarily developed as course-related writing assignments for Penn State and Lock Haven University undergraduate students. After undertaking significant content assessments in 2021/2022, however, we have redeveloped our Inclusion Guidelines for Biographies and Inclusion Guidelines for Feature Articles to center diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). We now prioritize new content about women, people of color, and other historically excluded/underrepresented groups. Also, we are revising older content to be more culturally aware and informative. Thus, we seek additional Editorial Board members with personal or professional experiences, community connections, and/or academic knowledge that can assist us in attaining our current purpose of representing all geographic locations and demographic groups that have contributed to Pennsylvania’s literary and cultural heritage. We especially welcome Editorial Board members who will empower and equip others who choose to work with us, and who will help us identify and correct editorial procedures that contain systemic biases or otherwise hinder the project’s development.

Editorial Board members’ duties are as follows:

  • Assist PACFTB faculty and staff in reviewing incoming submissions pertaining to one’s assigned areas of expertise.
  • Assist PACFTB faculty and staff in identifying and prioritizing cultural and literary topics, categories, and biographies to be added to the project.
  • Identify potential authors within one’s geographic and other communities; communicate the project’s purpose, priorities, and procedures to them; and assist PACFTB faculty and staff in reviewing authors’ contributions to the project.
  • Assist authors in using primary and secondary information sources pertaining to one’s assigned areas of expertise.
  • Notify PACFTB faculty and staff of, and assist with, opportunities to promote the project to educators, librarians, historical society and museum employees, and other potential users within one’s assigned areas of expertise.
  • Assist in assessing and evaluating the Literary and Cultural Heritage Maps project’s websites and advise PACFTB faculty and staff about opportunities for enhancement.
  • Review inclusion criteria, style guides, and other project documentation and advise PACFTB faculty and staff about necessary or desirable revisions.
  • Attend meetings (held virtually, approximately once per month) and assist with other aspects of the project upon request of the project’s administrator (Bernadette A. Lear) 
  • Maintain one’s knowledge of Pennsylvania culture, history, literature, populations, and scholarship by engaging in relevant educational activities or professional development opportunities. 

We are seeking at least 3 new Editorial Board members this year. New members will serve staggered terms of 2 or 3 years (August 1, 2023-July 31, 2025, or August 1, 2023-July 31, 2026), with the possibility of reappointment for additional 2-year terms. Each member will be assigned several Pennsylvania counties contiguous to their location or research interests; chronological periods; populations; and/or subject areas of expertise (such as African American History). 

If interested, contact Bernadette A. Lear (, Affiliate Faculty of the PACFTB, no later than Friday, July 14th. Please include a brief statement indicating your background related to DEI, History, Humanities, Geography, Literature, development/review of reference sources, editorial work, and other topics related to the project. Also, please indicate which Pennsylvania counties, major cities, chronological periods, topics, and populations are of greatest interest to you. As currently configured, the project’s websites highlight:

  • Cultural Subjects:  Activism, Art and Design, Athletics, Business, Education, Entertainment, Law and Politics, Medicine, Military, Religion, and Science
  • Cultural Periods: Before 1600, 1600-1775, 1775-1800, 1800-1865, 1865-1900, 1900-1945, 1945-present
  • Literary Genres: Children’s, Fiction, Young Adult, Graphic/Comic, Journalism, Nonfiction, Oral Tradition, and Screenwriting/Playwriting
  • Literary Periods: Before 1600, Colonial, Revolutionary, Romanticism, Realism, Modernism, and Contemporary

We look forward to hearing from you!

Bernadette A. Lear

Affiliate Faculty, Pennsylvania Center for the Book 

Contact Info: 

Bernadette A. Lear

Affiliate Faculty and Project Administrator

Literary and Cultural Heritage Maps of Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Center for the Book  |  717-948-6360