Archival Kismet: Spring 2022 CFP

The Spring 2022 meeting of Archival Kismet will be held virtually April 8-9, 2022. This will be a themed meeting, entitled “Feeling(s) in the Archive: Emotions, Expressions, Experience.” We particularly encourage scholars whose work deals with issues of emotion, affect, memory, and trauma in historical research, as well as proposal that reflect the emotional labor and experience of historical archival research, to submit proposals.

This non-traditional virtual conference is a forum for history researchers and those in allied disciplines to share early research findings, focusing on the objects, artifacts, and ephemera of the archive.

All presentations should be informal and centered around a specific “cool thing” or archival “find” relating to the theme—a poster, a letter, an object, a film clip, a concept, etc., or a small set of related materials. Think of your presentation like history show-and-tell.

You do not need to have conclusions or interventions staked out, and you should not present on material you have previously published. This is a space for scholars to share new archival finds and what is exciting about them, without worrying about what conclusions we will reach.

Presentations should be roughly 10 minutes long. Substantial time will be given for discussion with conference participants. Presenters are expected to attend and participate in the conversations in other panels.

The conference will take place April 8-9, 2022 hosted virtually at Mississippi State University. Please contact the co-organizers, Courtney Thompson ( and Bridget Keown (, with any questions or concerns.

Submissions via this form will be accepted through January 15, 2022.