Global Notes – July 23, 2018

Our weekly news roundup from around the globe

Calls for papers

Global Notes – July 15, 2018

SAA News

* Voting for the 2018 Election is open until July 17th, 2018.

 * July 13, 2018--The SAA Executive Committee agreed to sign on to a letter, drafted by, calling on Congress to immediately investigate the administration’s records management practices relating to the “zero-tolerance” immigration enforcement policy and family reunification efforts. As noted in the letter, “Only by exercising its authority can Congress begin to remedy the secrecy and confusion rampant in the immigration detention system, starting by investigating the record keeping practices and demanding maximum disclosure of information to the public in accordance with the law.” Read the full letter here.

In a separate press release, noted, “To increase access to information on this issue, Open the Government and the Project On Government Oversight (POGO) are also filing a Freedom of Information Act request calling for the disclosure of all policy guidance relating to the handling of records by border agents, implementation of the zero-tolerance policy, and the administration’s family reunification plan (read the FOIA here). The request asks for expedited processing, citing the urgent need to provide information to family members, advocates, and lawyers working to ensure the separated children see their parents again.”
See the full news release here. 

* SAA Letter to the NYT Editor: Migrant Family Records (July 10, 2017). See the news release on the SAA website.

Weekly News roundup:

* ICA HRWG News 2018-06 has been published. The Newsletter includes a commentary on the archival needs for special courts. Here is an excerpt:

“The creation of special courts illustrates the caboose nature of archives: archivists do not drive the establishment of establish special courts, but once established, archives must deal with the records: courtroom transcripts, evidence, audiovisual products, records of prosecutors, chambers, registry, witness protection, and the deliberations of judges (see, for example, the decision by the Supreme Court of Canada on the records of its deliberations in HRWG News 2018-05). And archivists usually have no say in whether the records are sent to the national archives, to the archives of the regular court system, or to a special body for at least a temporary period. But as the train of litigation moves forward, archivists must be along for the ride.” 

 * This year’s ICA meeting will be held November 27-28 in Yaoundé, Cameroon. ICA has put together a FAQ on the conference. Please note the statement that the ICA just published in light of recent news reports (for example in the New York Times on July 12, 2018 and June 28, 2018) about the security situation there. (July 18, 2018).

(Editorial note: We have updated the previous version of this posting, which merely included links to the news stories about the political situation in Cameroon without providing context, to provide additional context on the ICA perspective. We also added the link to the ICA statement on July 18, 2018. )

Announcements and Calls:

* Refugee Rights in Records Symposium, University College Dublin, August 9, 2018

A one-day Symposium on Refugee Rights organized by Dr. Elizabeth Mullins in association with the Refugee Rights in Records research project (Anne Gilliland, University of California, Los Angeles and James Lowry, Liverpool University Centre for Archive Studies) will be held at the School of History, University College Dublin on August 9, 2018.

Please go to to register. Registration is free. Further information about the program can be found below.


Thu 9 August 2018

10:00 – 16:30 IST


School of History Seminar Room K114

Newman Building

University College Dublin


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In late 2016 the United Nations (UN) estimated that the numbers of forcibly
displaced persons had exceeded more than 65.6 million people
worldwide. Displacement
crises raise complex interacting issues about nation-states, laws, borders,
human rights, citizenship and identity, security, resource allocation and
information and communication technologies (ICT). Integral to this
complexity, documentation and particularly official records are pervasive
and fundamental yet somehow rarely conspicuous.

The symposium will bring together speakers from a range of backgrounds:
people with experience of coming to Ireland as refugees and asylum seekers,
those who assist and advocate for them and record keepers and archivists
who manage the official records of the process. This event is one of a
series of workshops taking place across the globe in 2018 to highlight the
issues linked to rights in records for refugees and asylum seekers.

Programme of Speakers
9.45am: Welcome
Session 1: Coming to Ireland as a Refugee: Experiences with Records and
10.00: Captain Daniel Ayiotis, Irish Military Archives, ‘The Developing
Archival Heritage of Asylum Seekers in the Republic of Ireland.’
10.20: Lassane Ouedraogo, ‘Experiences with State Records.’
10.40: Vukašin Nedeljković, Dublin City University, ‘Creating the Asylum
11.20: Coffee Break
Session 2: Helping Refugees establish Rights in Records: Challenges and
11.40: Colin Lenihan, Immigrant Council of Ireland: ‘Barriers to Proving
Identity in the Irish Immigration System.’
12.00: Noeleen Healy, Legal Aid Board: ‘A Refugee’s Personal Data Rights.’
12.20: Phillipa Metcalfe, University of Cardiff, ‘Data Justice: Towards an
Understanding of Digital Borders and Datafied Identities.’
12.50: Lunch
Session 3: The historic role of archives in addressing refugee crises
2.00: Graham Jackson, Public Record Office Northern Ireland, ‘Refugee
Records at the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland.’
2.20: National Archives, Ireland speaker: ‘Refugee Records at the National
Archives, Ireland.’
2.40: Deirdre Mulrooney, Out There Productions, ‘Unearthing the Bohemian
Refugee Narrative of Erina Brady at Cathal Brugha Barracks.’
3.15: Comfort Break
3.30: Professor Anne Gilliland, UCLA, and James Lowry, University of
Liverpool, ‘Reflecting on Refugee Rights in Records’.


* “Cooperation as Opportunity. Historical Documents, Research and Society in the Digital Era” – ICARUS Meeting #22 | co:op convention | 24-26 September 2018 | Naples (IT),


* Registration is now open for the Second Workshop on Scientific Archives!

The Second Workshop on Scientific Archives seeks to bring together archivists, data curators, historians, scientists, engineers, and others to explore topics related to the contemporary archives of science and technology. The First Workshop on Scientific Archives was hosted by the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg (DE), 1-2 November 2016.

Dates: August 13-14, 2018,  Venue: Carnegie Institution for Science (1530 P St NW, Washington, DC 20005):

Organized by: Committee on the Contemporary Archives of Science and Technology (C-CAST) of the International Council on Archives/Section on University and Research Institution Archives (ICA/SUV)

More information and registration:

View the preliminary program here:

* CFP: Economic Activities and Archival Practices in Europe between the 12th and the 21st century – Hamburg 04/19, Deadline: 30.09.2018,