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Responsibility, repair and representation in archival practices [Working Group on Archives] 
Guha Shankar (Library of Congress (USA))
Maryna Chernyavska (University of Alberta)
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Archives, Museums, Material Culture
Thursday 8 June, -, -
Time zone: Europe/Prague

Short Abstract:

Case studies will demonstrate how contemporary archival practices increasingly encompass collaborations between repositories and communities to co-curate content and utilize digital technologies to preserve, maintain, and provide access to historical legacy, identity and memory.

Long Abstract:

This panel will present ways in which folklore archives engage communities of origin in an effort to sustain cultural memory and advance the cause of social justice and cultural equity. Case studies will demonstrate how repositories and communities engage in collaborative co-curation of content, and utilize innovative digital technologies and platforms to preserve, maintain, and provide access to historical legacy, identity and memory. The panel will highlight the crucial role of oral narrative and expressive culture in asserting a differential sense of collective and individual histories that counter pejorative, dominant narratives and descriptions in archival records and catalogs using examples of various folk traditions and cultural expressions. The role of emerging digital platforms, along with participatory archiving, community-centered websites and reparative cataloging efforts will demonstrate ways of de-centering and displacing colonial-era descriptive practices that are still present in archival and public-facing records. With such examples we hope to underscore Stuart Hall's contention that re-telling, re-discovering, and re-inventing the past are essential to the conduct of a responsible (counter) cultural politics. In a reflexive mode, the panel will also engage with the collaborative role of archival professionals and media producers in advancing community-based social justice initiatives.

Accepted papers:

Session 1 Thursday 8 June, 2023, -
Session 2 Thursday 8 June, 2023, -