Weekly News Roundup – March 24, 2017

Featured blog post

Amalia S. Levi, Digitizing Caribbean Jewish documentary heritage: The Barbados Synagogue Restoration Project records online, March 8, 2017.

Please see also the finding aid for the description here: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/AA00052251.

Our weekly news roundup from around the globe

* Social Justice in an Age of Datafication, launch of the Data Justice Lab, University of Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies, on March 17, 2017, http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/news/view/663809-data-justice-lab-launched

* Open the Government (OTG), coalition, express concern over data provisions in immigration orders, press release, March 21, 2017

* Archives Portal Europe newsletter March 2017

* Gambia to Set Up Truth and Reconciliation Commission, VOA, March 23, 2017

* Rwanda: Experts Push for Archiving to Preserve Genocide Memory, All Africa, March 22, 2017

* Burkina Faso: un député français demande l’ouverture des archives sur Sankara, rfi Afrique, March 18, 2017

* New Fund Pledges to Protect Cultural Heritage from War and Terror, Smithsonian.com, March 21, 2017

Conferences and programs

* Webinar Invitation / Invitación a Webinar: Desmantelando Fronteras/Breaking Down Borders | March 27, 2017 | 27 de marzo 2017

This event will feature speakers Lefteris Becerra, a Social Sciences Graduate student studying at Universidad Autónoma de Baja California Sur, and Dr. Janet Ceja and Dr. Mónica Cólon-Aguirre, assistant professors in Library and Information Science at Simmons College.

More at: https://laccha.wordpress.com/

* 2017 Institute for Middle East Studies, George Washington University, Annual Conference: Restless Matters: the Socio-Political Lives of Historical Sites and Objects in the Middle East, April 14, 2017

Abstract: Historical sites and objects are a focal point of socio-political contestation in the Middle East today. Whether it be the destruction and looting of the Egyptian Museum, Palmyra, or the Buddhas of Bamyan, or it be the renovation and rebuilding of Mecca, the Eyup Sultan complex, or heritage districts in Doha, Cairo or Beirut, the ways in which these historical sites and objects are intertwined with political projects and political-economic processes have drawn increasing scrutiny in recent years.

While popular discourses and news media accounts often portray these matters in terms of the actions of religious zealots, crass developers, or enlightened preservationists, this glosses over a far more textured socio-political terrain this conference seeks to explore. A day-long event that brings together an interdisciplinary group of scholars who focus on the Middle East and the region’s past and present connections to other parts of the world, this conference explores the myriad socio-political work historical sites and objects do.

(Thanks to Mike Albin for the reference)

 

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