Bodies in Archives: Researching Personhood, Researching as a Person

Wednesday, March 8, 2023
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm


What does it mean to research the self? What’s it like to be a body in an archive? What happens when a living person comes into contact with physical and historical objects which they hope to turn into literature? In this panel, a diverse group of inter-genre writers will discuss their processes and experiences for research-based writing, with a specific focus on embodied research and the ethics of researching communities with whom one holds a visceral or personal connection.

This event has been prerecorded, and will be available to watch on-demand online from March 8, 2023 to April 8, 2023.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: Event_Outline.pdf



Leora Fridman is author of My Fault and Static Palace, among other works of prose, poetry, and translation. She holds degrees with honors from Brown University and University of Massachusetts Amherst, and has taught and organized arts programming for universities and community groups since 2004.

Jenn Shapland is a writer and archivist living in New Mexico. Her first book, My Autobiography of Carson McCullers, was a finalist for the 2020 National Book Award and won the 2021 Lambda Literary Award. Her second book, Thin Skin, will be published by Pantheon Books in August 2023.

Lauren Gabrielle Fournier is a writer and researcher who focuses on hybrid and multigenre writing, including autotheory and autofiction, as practices of storytelling and philosophical inquiry. Her first book is Autotheory as Feminist Practice, and her novella The Barista Boys is forthcoming.

Arisa White is a Cave Canem graduate fellow and author of Who's Your Daddy and Home Is Where You Queer Your Heart. She collaborates with other artists to expand readership for poetry and to center the narratives of queer IBPOC. White is an assistant professor of creative writing at Colby College.

Julietta Singh is a decolonial scholar and nonfiction writer whose books include The Breaks, No Archive Will Restore You, and Unthinking Mastery: Dehumanism & Decolonial Entanglements.


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center