Performing the Accidental Archive has two confirmed speakers:

Ann Cvetkovich and Shannon Jackson.

Ann Cvetkovich

Cvetkovich will be delivering this year’s keynote. Her current work looks at LGBTQ archives, and the creative use of said achives for artistic counterarchives and interventions.

Ann Cvetkovich is Ellen Clayton Garwood Centennial Professor of English and Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Texas at Austin.  She is the author of Mixed Feelings:  Feminism, Mass Culture, and Victorian Sensationalism (Rutgers, 1992); An Archive of Feelings:  Trauma, Sexuality, and Lesbian Public Cultures (Duke, 2003); and Depression:  A Public Feeling (Duke, 2012).  She co-edited (with Ann Pellegrini) “Public Sentiments,” a special issue ofThe Scholar and Feminist Online, and (with Janet Staiger and Ann Reynolds) Political Emotions(Routledge, 2010).   She has been coeditor, with Annamarie Jagose, of GLQ:  A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies. Her current writing projects focus on the current state of LGBTQ archives and the creative use of them by artists to create counterarchives and interventions in public history.  In 2014-15, she will be a Fellow at Cornell University’s Society for the Humanities, where the annual theme is Sensation.  (Bio from her website)

For more see her website

Cvetkovich will be speaking on the 17th of April, as part of the first day of the symposium.

Shannon Jackson

Shannon Jackson is the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Chair in the Arts and Humanities and Director of the Arts Research Center at UC Berkeley. Her most recent book is Social Works: Performing Art, Supporting Publics(2011). Previous work has explored the relation between performance and Progressive Era social reform (Lines of Activity, 2000) and between performance and the disciplines of higher education (Professing Performance, 2004). Shannon is currently working on a book about the relation between performance and new media in the work of the The Builders Association (forthcoming from M.I.T. Press). She serves on a number of boards, has published in assorted journals, collections, and catalogues, and continues to work on a number of civic art projects in the Bay Area. She used to perform and direct, before her children and her professorial “day job” took over. (Bio from

For more see here.

Jackson will be speaking on the 18th of April, as part of the second day of the symposium.