International Archives and Archivists Weekly News Roundup – October 28, 2016

Our weekly roundup of archives-related news from around the globe

Curators in Fez are joined by computational linguists from Pisa in an international collaborative project to digitize 4,000 manuscripts from a millennium-old archive and make the rare treasure easily and widely accessible.

And across the Mediterranean, in another very old repository, an early opening of the Vatican’s archival files regarding its relations with Argentina will allow the study of human rights violations by the dictatorship there in the 1970s and 80s.

A task no smaller than to document a generation around the globe is being performed and presented in an unusual way, featuring “the most intimate spaces of 1200 young people from 55 countries.” Possibly inspiring future archives of world-wide generations?

Waiting to see a trick by a costumed character among next Monday’s Halloween celebrants – a magician who can divide himself in two, as envisioned by Georges Méliès in his 1904 motion picture, long considered lost but recently uncovered in a mislabeled container in which the film had been donated to an archive in Prague.

Conferences and CFPs:

Welche „Wirklichkeit“ und wessen „Wahrheit“? Das Geheimdienstarchiv als Quelle und Medium der Wissensproduktion.
Villa ten Hompel,  Münster. November 17-18, 2016

Private Interests or National Heritage? Corporate Archives and the Production of History in a Global Perspective.  
Regional State Archives in Göteborg. November 24th–25th 2016–private-interests-or-national-heritage–


International Archives and Archivists Weekly News Roundup-October 21, 2016

“What could happen if one of the oldest civil society groups documenting the Aleppo’s cultural heritage for over ninety years was attacked?” Article on how Syrian archivists and volunteers defend their heritage.

Article: “Syria TV archives lose treasure chest of history. During battles between Syrian rebels and army, the storehouse was hit by cannon fire and most of its treasures were destroyed.”

Codruta Mihailovici discussed the Romanian historical archives availability for online research at the ICARUS Meeting for an overview on the meeting that took place in Budapest from Oct. 17-19.

On October 20-21, Chilean and other international archivists got together at Chile’s National Archives to discuss the role of archives in the new cultural institutionality. Mexico’s AGN discussed the experience of Mexico in institutional reforms regarding archives #AGNMex  Bruno Delmas discussed his experience with archives in France.  #ElRolDeLosArchivos

In October 1492, Columbus was having some fun. A document from the Archivo General de Simancas is featured at the Archives Portal Europe.

The UK National Archives host a family event in which children explore documents about memorialization, including material related to WWI.


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Conferences and CFPs:
Heritages of Migration: Moving Stories, Objects and Home

6 – 10 April 2017
National Museum of Immigration

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Call for papers deadline: 14 October 2016

Global Asias 4 Conference

March 31-April 1, 2017

Art, Archives, and Human Rights Roundtable
Cathy Schlund-Vials ( and Tina Chen (

This roundtable examines the dialogic relationship between art, archives, and human rights at the forefront of past/present debates concerning redress and reparation in Asian nation-states, diasporic Asian communities, and/or contemporary Asian America. If integral to contemporary contemplations of rights violation is an often tactical recollection of state-authorized violence that occurs in the face of strategic amnesias and state-sanctioned forgetting, what is the role of archives in the making of human rights subjects? How do artists engaged in such “memory work” offer alternative ways of seeing and experiencing justice, particularly when faced with profound belatedness and non-recognition? We invite presentations that investigate the possibilities and limitations of “the human rights archive,” inclusive of historic documents, records, institutions, and/or museums; we likewise encourage proposals which consider the multifaceted ways in which Asian and diasporic Asian artists engage human rights activism via visual arts, music, and performance.

Announcement: Conference on Global Histories of Refugees in the 20th and 21st Centuries

We would like to invite you to attend the “Global Histories of Refugees in the 20th and 21st Centuries” conference, which is being held at the University of Melbourne in the Melbourne Law Building from the 6th to the 8th of October. Keynote speakers include: Professor Peter Gatrell and Professor Linda Briskman.
All participants are required to register their attendance via the Eventbrite link on the conference website: Please visit the conference website to see a copy of the programme.


The State Archives of Belgium invites you to the international congress
“Right to be forgotten versus right to remember”

In May 2016, the European Parliament adopted a new regulation intended to enhance the natural persons’ protection with regard to the processing of their personal data. At this end, a “right to be forgotten” has been introduced.

What are its implications for the archives sector and how will personal data have to be dealt with in public archives? And what about the right to remember? In order to make a first assessment, the State Archives in Belgium are organizing on October 10th 2016 an international congress in Brussels on the “Right to be forgotten versus right to remember”.

Experts – archivists, historians, lawyers and information specialists – from all over Europe will shed light on this important issue.

More information at:


26th International Archival Day

The International Institute for Archival Science of Trieste and Maribor (hereinafter IIAS) is organising the 26th International Archival Day, to be held in Trieste (Italy) from October 24 to 25, 2016. Professionals and scholars of the field, coming from all over the world, will meet and debate this year about:

a)    Data protection (privacy, sensitive data, legal protection
b)    Using archives (scientific use, legal use, public use (exhibitions, publications, conferences etc.).


Call for workshop papers: Computational Archival Science – digital records in the age of big data.

The workshop will be held on 8 December in Washington DC, USA, in conjunction with the 2016 IEEE International Conference on Big Data (IEEE BigData 2016).

Extended Submission Deadline: 10 October 2016