Our weekly news roundup from around the globe
- The Wiener Library is now offering researchers onsite access to the archive of the UN War Crimes Commission. Press release, Wiener Library, April 18, 2017.
- Several recent news stories about the improved accessibility of the archives are somewhat misleading as they suggest that the archives had been previously closed. See, for example: Opening of UN files on Holocaust will ‘rewrite chapters of history,’ The Guardian, April 17, 2017. *
- Gambia: Letter to Minister of Justice – Accountability for Past Serious Crimes, Human Rights Watch, posted on April 21, 2017
- South Africa’s imperfect progress, 20 years after the Truth & Reconciliation Commission, PRI, April 6, 2017
- Bridging The Gap is a new research initiative of the Archives of Lesbian Oral Testimony that explores how digital technologies can help to better connect online archives with the people who use them. http://alotarchives.org/bridging-the-gap
- Report from a symposium on the future of independent archives documenting protest, liberation and emancipation movements at the Institute for Social Research, Hamburg, March 2, 2017 (in German), http://www.hsozkult.de/conferencereport/id/tagungsberichte-7110
Upcoming conferences, CFPs:
- The ARCHIVES 2017: alike/different Program Committee invites submission of proposals for Pop-Up Sessions at the SAA Annual Meeting in Portland, Oregon, July 23-29. Pop-Up Sessions enliven the conference program by focusing on ideas and content that may have “popped up” between November 2016 (when initial proposals were due) and July. The Program Committee encourages experimentation and asks proposers to think creatively to point attendees in new directions. Four sessions will be selected based on an online vote of SAA members (i.e., not by the Program Committee). Proposers will be notified of the vote results by June 16. Read the full Call for Proposals here. Submissions must be received by 11:59 pm (Central time) on Wednesday, May 24.
- Conference on legal and administrative records for contemporary historical research, Justizakademie Recklinghausen, April 27-28.
- PDF days Europe, Berlin, 15-16 May 2017, http://www.digitalmeetsculture.net/article/pdf-days-europe-2017/
- CULTURAL HERITAGE MATERIALS–UNIVERSITY, RESEARCH AND FOLKLORE ARCHIVES IN THE 21ST CENTURY, 21-27 August 2017 in Riga, Latvia
This will be SUV’s first to explore opportunities for collaboration between general university/research archivists and folklore archivists as well as the capabilities of using the new RiC standard in describing folklore, university and research archives.
For more information, registration and full conference program please see the conference website:
*Thanks very much to Trudy Huskamp Peterson for pointing this out.