About AERI 2015

The seventh annual Archival Education and Research Institute (AERI) will be held at the University of Maryland, College Park from July 13 to July 17, 2015. AERI brings together scholars who engage in Archival Studies, broadly conceived. AERI 2015 has received support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the University of Maryland College of Information Studies, Maryland’s iSchool, the University of Maryland Library System, and the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH).

Previous institutes were held at UCLA (2009, 2012), the University of Michigan Ann Arbor (2010), Simmons College (2011), the University of Texas Austin (2013), and the University of Pittsburgh (2014). These weeklong Institutes, held every summer, are designed to strengthen education and research and support academic cohort-building and mentoring. Institutes are open to all academic faculty and doctoral students working in Archival Studies, both nationally and internationally.

The goal of AERI is to advance the field of Archival Studies in the following ways:

  1. Create a dynamic community of researchers, teachers, and students to help mentor doctoral students and faculty in areas such as thesis preparation, grant writing, publishing, and career development.
  2. Advance curriculum development in Archival Studies.
  3. Further current research development through presentations, posters, and workshop activities.
  4. Foster interest in future collaborations both nationally and internationally.

AERI is also designed to encourage the creation of a larger and more diverse cohort of doctoral students in Archival Studies. The Emerging Archival Scholars Program (2011-2015) provides scholarships to attend AERI 2015 as well as additional mentoring and research opportunities for students at the undergraduate and graduate levels who are considering a doctoral degree in Archival Studies. American citizens and lawful permanent residents are eligible including, but not limited to, persons who are African American, Hispanic/Latino, Asian/Pacific Islander, Native American, or Puerto Rican, as well as other individuals who can share insights that assist in the diversification of Archival Studies. For more information on how to apply to EASP and/or if you have other inquiries, please contact Dr. Kelvin White (kwhite[at]ou.edu), EASP Program Chair. The application is available here. Deadline for EASP applications are March 6, 2015.

AERI 2015 looks forward to a dynamic conference that brings together national and international scholars engaged in Archival Studies. Please send inquiries to aeri2015@umd.edu. Additional information about the conference can be found at aeri2015.umd.edu.

Dr. Ricardo Punzalan, Chair of AERI 2015 Program Committee