Weekly News Roundup – October 27, 2017

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Cultural heritage institutions in Jordan work with UNESCO to advance archival preservation. (Jordan Times, Amman, October 26, 2017)

NGO’s saving and showcasing the visual record of region’s natural history in India. (Times of India, Mumbai, October 24, 2017)

Newspapers around the world report on the recent release of JFK archival files in the United States. The Guardian is asking readers to help identify information of interest in the digital archive publicly accessible online. (London, October 27, 2017)

Equally as wide-spread seem to be the news of notes written by Albert Einstein sold at auction. Archivist from the Einstein archives at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem gets to comment as well. (Gulf News, Dubai, October 25, 2017)


Call for papers

New Routledge Volume on ‘Diasporic, Migrant and Multicultural Heritage.’


World Library and Information Congress organized by the International Federation of Library Associations will be held on August 24-30, 2018 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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Regarding the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, the National Heritage Responders are coordinating with FEMA and others how to best support libraries and archives that suffered damage during the storm. For additional information, see National Heritage Responders (NHR).

For other ways to support Puerto Rico, the group Scholars for Puerto Rico Relief are organizing different ways to support the island: http://avidly.lareviewofbooks.org/2017/10/11/scholars-for-puerto-rico-relief/

ICA and its partner ALA have put together a very attractive professional programme for this year’s Annual Conference in Mexico City from 27 to 29 November.  It includes stimulating key-note speakers, distinguished professional practitioners and presentations of ICA’s many current initiatives and projects.   It also reflects the vibrant cultures of Mexico and other Latin American countries. The period of Early Bird Registration ends today 20 October. Register now: http://conferenciamx.ahmreg.mx/

Mexico begins campaign against the traffic of its archival cultural heritage: Illicit traffic of cultural heritage artifacts, including documents, is one of the greatest issues experienced by Latin American countries. It is a mutilation of the identity and the memory of Latin American communities.

History Day 2017 will take place on the 31st of October at Senate House, University of London. See the programme of events, full details of panel sessions and a list of participating organisations.

Banishing the bulk! Conserving a 17th century volume. Of more than 11 million documents in The National Archives’ collection, approximately 5,700 have been identified as “unfit for production’’ due to their fragile physical state, which means that they cannot be seen by readers without prior conservation treatment. This may involve basic cleaning, but in some cases can include more substantial treatments. To allow access to ”unfit documents”, the Collection Care department works systematically – and sometimes on demand – to tackle the varied and often complex challenges posed by records that are often extremely fragile. This 17th century binding (E 403/2570, 1655-1659), from the Office of First Fruits and Tenths and the Court of Augmentations, is one example.

The Endangered Archives Programme offers a number of grants every year to individual researchers world-wide to locate vulnerable archival collections, to arrange their transfer wherever possible to a suitable local archival home, and to deliver digital copies into the international research domain via the British Library. The deadline for preliminary applications is 17 November 2017.

A Trove of Yiddish Artifacts Rescued From the Nazis, and Oblivion. In one of their odder and more chilling moves, the Nazis occupying Lithuania once collected Yiddish and Hebrew books and documents, hoping to create a reference collection about a people they intended to annihilate. In 1991, a large part of the collection was found in the basement of a Vilnius church, and were hailed as important artifacts of Jewish history.

Two new Content Providers from Germany will be available on Archives Portal Europe. Two new archives from Germany have joined Archives Portal Europe as Content Providers: the Kreisarchiv Stormarn, a municipal archive which has been responsible for the traditions and records of the district of Stormarn since 1867; and the district archives of Rhein-Kreis Neuss, in the west of North Rhine-Westphalia.

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SAA and ICA news and announcements

* 2018 Joint Annual Meeting of the Council of State Archivists (CoSA), National Association of Government Archives and Records Administrators (NAGARA), and the Society of American Archivists (SAA).

The 2018 Program Committee seeks proposals for sessions that broaden our perspectives and address the commonalities among archivists in all specializations and records administrators in various settings to ensure that the record is available to all who will benefit from it. 

Deadline is November 15, 2017.

Proposal form:


* The Program Committee has created a Google spreadsheet to aid collaboration on session proposals.  For sessions related to international archival affairs, please feel free to share ideas through the IAAS listserv.

* Mexico Conference goes ahead as planned

The ICA Secretariat has been in almost daily contact with ALA colleagues in the aftermath of the earthquake.  Everyone in the ICA network will be pleased to know that the buildings (National Archives and Conference Centre) did not suffer significant damage and that the staff of the National Archives are all safe.

Staff at the National Archives working on the Annual Conference are among the first officials in the Mexican public service to return to work.  We applaud their outstanding dedication to their duties at this difficult time.

The Conference is definitely going ahead as originally planned.  If you are still hesitating about attending, why not show solidarity by registering to attend today

To take account of the disruption caused by the earthquake, ALA and ICA have decided to extend the Early Bird period one last time up to 20 October.

* SAA Disaster Response and Relief Resources: SAA’s MayDay initiative focuses on disaster preparedness, encouraging you to do something – even if it’s something simple – every May 1 to “help save our archives.” Still, disasters do happen. These resources help you stay informed about community responses to archives-related disasters, as well as national and international aid initiatives.


* The ICA-SUV blog has a new post by SUV Chair, William J. Maher, providing a summary from the recent SUV Conference in Riga on Cultural Heritage Materials – University, Research and Folklore Archives in the 21st Century.
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* „Schon Beutekunst betrachtet?“ – Aktuelle Provenienzdebatten und das Humboldt Forum

Article on debate about the role and challanges of doing provenance research for the museums that will become part oft he Humboldt Forum in Berlin, including the Ethnological Museum of Berlin.

Art in Berlin, September 22, 2017.

* Declassified: Apartheid Profits – Apartheid’s Lobbyists in Washington, Daily Maverick, October 3, 2017.

* Nigeria: In Historic First, Benin Photographs Return Home, This Day, Oct 2, 2017, http://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2017/10/02/in-historic-first-benin-photographs-return-home/


*Internationales Archivforschungsprojekt 1968: Ideenkonflikte in globalen Archiven (project at the Literaturarchiv Marbach (Germany) on the conflicting ideas associated with 1968

„50 Jahre »1968«: Im Jahr 2018 richtet sich die Aufmerksamkeit auf die politischen, kulturellen und sozialen Ereignisse, die unter dem Label »1968«, mehr Chiffre als Datierung, zusammengefasst werden. Bislang wurde »1968« in erstaunlicher nationaler Verengung erzählt und rekonstruiert. Während sich die Archive der Protagonisten von »1968« sukzessive öffnen, ermöglicht die detaillierte Erfassung von Drucken und Tonaufnahmen, Manuskripten und Briefen einen Blickwechsel: von einer autor-, nation- und kanonzentrierten Heuristik zu einer Heuristik der Orte und der Zirkulation, der Netzwerke und Konflikte. Sichtbar werden dabei Kommunikationswege in der internationalen – und das heißt nicht bloß: westeuropäischen, sondern globalen – Republic of Letters.“


Vor diesem Hintergrund ist das von der VolkswagenStiftung geförderte und in Kooperation mit nationalen und internationalen Partnern durchgeführte Archivforschungsprojekt des Deutschen Literaturarchivs Marbach darauf ausgerichtet, die globalen Dimensionen der Ideengeschichte von »1968« nachzuverfolgen und im Spiegel globaler Archive Ideenkonflikte um »1968« sichtbar zu machen.

* Marbacher Schriften. Neue Folge 13 | Nachlassbewusstsein. Literatur, Archiv, Philologie 1750–2000. Hrsg. von Kai Sina und Carlos Spoerhase. Göttingen: Wallstein, 2016. 438 Seiten. Broschiert. ISBN 978-3-8353-1900-4. 39,90

* The #AllezDemocracy campaign in collaboration with Europeana was launched on the 19th of September.

Every Tuesday and Thursday all APEF and EUROPEANA social media channel will post about one document that tells the story of the democratisation process in Europe. We invite everyone to follow the hashtag #AllezDemocracy and contribute to the debate on the democratisation of Europe.



* Comma: Open Call for Papers

Write an article for Comma and reach archivists around the world! Following a number of thematic and regionally-focused volumes, submissions are now invited for a general issue to be published in 2018.

The deadline for submission is January 31, 2018 

Guidelines for authors (French/English) can be found on this ICA page.

* Please contribute to the Record DNA survey: RecordDNA: Defining a research agenda that will shape the future digital evidence base (closes Oct. 16):


October 15, 2017:I-CHORA 8

* I-CHORA 8: The Centre for Organisational and Social Informatics at Monash University is pleased to announce the forthcoming eighth International Conference on the History of Records and Archives to be held in Melbourne from May 28-30, 2018.  Previous  I-CHORA conferences took place in Toronto (2003), Amsterdam (2005), Boston (2007), Perth (2008), London (2010), Austin (2012) and Amsterdam (2015).

The theme of the conference is: Archives in a Changing Climate.  The conference theme allows for exploration of the interconnections between histories and theories of archives and archival institutions in the context of the multiple changing climates in which archives have been created, transmitted, preserved and reactivated over time.

Proposals for 20 minute papers are invited.   Abstracts of 450-500 words and a short bio should be submitted via Easychair https://easychair.org/cfp/ICHORA8  by October 15, 2017. We will advise acceptance by December 15, 2017 . Following the conference, presenters may be invited to submit their contributions for a peer-reviewed publication.

* Placing the Irreplaceable – Restitution of Jewish Cultural Property: Negotiations, Historical Dimensions, Documentation – Leipzig 11/17, http://www.hsozkult.de/event/id/termine-35168

* Data Justice: An international conference exploring research on, and practices of, social justice in an age of datafication. Date: 21-22 May 2018, Location: Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK
Host: Data Justice Lab, Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK

Data Justice 2018

Deadline for 250-word abstracts: 27th of November, 2017.
Submit via EasyChair: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=dj2018

* International Communication Association 2018 CFP:

Against a backdrop of evolving technologies and shifting sociocultural and political dynamics, the 2018 ICA conference theme, Voices, encourages scholars to delve more deeply into a concept inextricably linked with communication.

Examined from multiple epistemological approaches, a host of methodologies, and numerous levels of analysis, studying voice – or the plurality of voices – can illuminate the process by which it is fostered and/or constrained as well as the conditions under which it is expressed and/or stifled. More important, the study of voice can shed light on the process by which it impacts behaviors, defines relationships, influences policies, and shapes the world in which we live. In other words, the conference theme encourages the submission of scholarship that examines voice vis-à-vis various discourses, actors, processes, and outcomes.

Deadline: All submissions must be completed online no later than 16:00 UTC, 1 November 2017. To avoid technical problems, early submission is strongly encouraged. The conference submission website will go online around 1 September 2017. To reach the conference website, go to the ICA homepage at http://www.icahdq.org and follow the link for 2018 Conference Submission.

* Storing and sharing: Everyday relationships with digital material, Special Issue of New Media & Society, Abstract Submission Deadline: 15 November 2017, https://docs.google.com/document/d/1iS-X-7xA411NShBzGmsruuHNcLbF3ieBqfYzzCC7s-I/edit