Click the star to add/remove an item to/from your individual schedule.
You need to be logged in to avail of this functionality, and to see the links to virtual rooms.

Accepted Paper:

'Everybody's at it': rapid-response collection, contestation and reflection in the era of COVID-19.  
Cliona O'Carroll (University College Cork)

Paper short abstract:

It feels that everyone was 'at it': museums, tradition and municipal archives, journalists, art galleries and libraries; all chronicling rapid change in everyday life in early 2020. But were there dissenters? And what purpose may this material serve; when, for whom and how?

Paper long abstract:

Early 2020 saw a veritable frenzy of rapid-response documentation of the impact of COVID-19 on everyday life across the globe, and particularly in Europe and North America. Archives of tradition were to the fore in this, often drawing on established collection platforms, contributors/audiences, and preservation and dissemination platforms. There was discussion on remote social enquiry, and on the desirability, ethicality and potential of crises or rapid-response documentation, with various positions taken. This paper documents the experience of the Cork Folklore Project's 'Chronicles of COVID-19' collection project, touching on the shift from collection in audio to text and images, strategies for inclusion, lessons learned and connections made.

Tradition archives are well placed to move between levels of life, from the intensely local to the global, and share motivations regarding representation of peoples, cultures and traditions within the context of publicly-available resources. An unsuccessful application to the European Cultural Foundation's 'Culture of Solidarity' fund on behalf of the SIÉF Working Group on Archives proposed to draw on this expertise in the creation of a shared, public archival platform. Perhaps the establishment of such a platform that would draw out connections (both in our practice and in people’s experiences) while maintaining space for diversity, vernacularity and contextualisation is possible, and would serve to consolidate and share the work done, as well as showcasing archives of tradition as important and thoughtful chroniclers of life in changing times.

Panel Arch04a
Working Group Archives: Now what? Documenting transnational crises I
  Session 1 Wednesday 23 June, 2021, -