The panel brings into focus different participatory practices tradition/cultural archives are carrying out and especially how these practices change due to outer influences - be it political, cultural, digital or other transformations.
Collaborative work and folklore collecting have been closely related concepts since the 19th century when the collection and study of folklore was undertaken on such a large scale as never before. The history and practices of folklore collecting convincingly prove the success and fruitfulness of the collaborative archival approaches and are admirable for their reach and the high capability and keenness of the past generations driven by enthusiasm and the awareness that their contribution is valuable and needed. The digital age has forced tradition archives to adapt their working strategies in order to address digitally literate generations that are more likely to prefer the virtual sharing of knowledge that tradition archives are interested in. Involving society in collecting folklore digitally is a continuation of the key process performed and managed by tradition/cultural archives since their establishment. Tradition archives stem from the ideas of knowledge keeping and participation, encouraging continuous participation to keep themselves open and functioning through transformations, thus also explaining the necessity of continuation of their existence. The panel invites submissions that focus on different participatory practices carried out by tradition/cultural archives in different times and (1) trace past experiences of tradition archives in broad society engagement, reveal methods and discuss results, as well as continuity or conflict of practices; (2) discuss transition of participatory practices during various transformations - political, cultural, digital and others; (3) critically reveal archival participatory approaches used in the digital age and (4) reveal case studies illustrating participatory practices in folklore collecting.