Weekly News Roundup- April 7, 2017

The ominous news of Syria’s events this week bring into mind the question of what happens to archives in the midst of so much violence. The Security Council deplored on 24 March the unlawful destruction of cultural heritage, religious sites and artefacts, and the smuggling of cultural property by terrorist groups during armed conflict, affirming that such attacks might constitute a war crime and must be brought to justice: Security Council Condemns Destruction, Smuggling of Cultural Heritage by Terrorist Groups, Unanimously Adopting Resolution 2347 (2017)

Reflecting on Brexit, Archives Portal Europe has thousands of records on the UK and European communities: http://www.archivesportaleurope.net/search/-/s/d/644

Senegal has become an example on overcoming the effect of post colonialism in African archives: How the Europeans covered their backs by removing colonial archives

Archive of Malian Photography provides access to preserved & digitized collections of five important photographers in Mali: Archive of Malian Photography.

The University of Stirling cataloguing project has finished the digitization of the Peter Mackay Archive. Peter Mackay (1926-2013) was a key figure in the independence movements of several southern African countries. The collection documents Mackay’s contribution to the independence movements of a number of Southern African countries including Nyasaland / Malawi, Southern Rhodesia / Zimbabwe, Northern Rhodesia / Zambia, South Africa, Namibia and Angola: Peter Mackay Archive Project.

Another good news: Activists who took part in an anti-apartheid movement years ago in Japan, while voicing support for those oppressed in South Africa, are featured in newly released university archives: Newly released archives stir memories of Japan’s anti-apartheid campaign.

On the importance of international collaboration for national archives: Argentina receives from France archives on the repression by the Argentinian dictatorship in the 70s: Argentina recibe de Francia archivos de la represión en dictadura


The Trustees of the ICA Fund for the International Development of Archives (FIDA) invite members, branches and other bodies to submit proposals for ICA/FIDA support for archival projects for 2017 in developing countries in particular. Applications must be sent before 15 June 2017: FIDA 2017 CALL FOR PROJECTS

UK’s National  Archives seeks users for their User Advisory Group. The User Advisory Group (UAG) provides an opportunity for users of The National Archives to get involved in our planning and decision-making processes at an earlier stage and a more strategic level than ever before: Apply to join our User Advisory Group

We would like to invite you to participate in the international workshop on” Data Sharing, Holocaust Documentation and the Digital Humanities. Best Practices, Case Studies, Benefits”, to be held in Venice on 29-30 June 2017. Proposals are now being accepted for individual presentations. The deadline for submissions of abstracts is 2 May 2017: EHRI Workshop: Data Sharing, Holocaust Documentation and the Digital Humanities. Best Practices, Case Studies, Benefits

UKZN (University of Kwazulu-Natal) Special Collections in association with the South African Preservation and Conservation Group will be hosting a conference with the theme “Tell Your Story”. The conference will take place from 26-28 September 2017. Check out the main image for all the details including the call for papers: Preservation Conservation of South Africa’s Documentary / Heritage Collections


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