Weekly news roundup—December 8, 2018

* The Archiv für alternatives Schrifttum in Duisburg, in the German state of North-Rhine-Westphalia, is acutely threatened by a proposal from parts of the state government to defund its operation. The archive includes extensive collections documenting social movements in Germany, including collections documenting the student, women’s, peace, and environmental movements. The Verband deutscher Archivarinnen und Archivare, the German Society of professional archivists, has issued an open letter protesting the proposal.

For more information and links to the latest information, please visit the website of the archive: http://afas-archiv.de/

Calls and announcements:

Deadline for the Displaced Archives Survey is January 15, 2019.

The Liverpool University Centre for Archive Studies is conducting an international survey on displaced archives on behalf of the ICA’s Expert Group on Shared Archival Heritage (EGSAH).

The survey repeats Leopold Auer’s survey of 1997/8, which concerned claims for the repatriation or copying of records removed from the places of their origin through conflict, decolonisation or the succession of states.

This survey is intended to gather up to date information on outstanding archival claims. The data will be used by the EGSAH to inform their work programme. We’d be grateful to receive responses by 15 January 2019.


*Conference CFP: Photo Archives VII: The Majority World

Date: October 24, 2019 to October 25, 2019

Location: Villa La Pietra, New York University Florence

Organized by Akkasah, the Center for Photography at New York University Abu Dhabi, in collaboration with the Photothek of the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut

Deadline: January 7, 2019

Excerpt from the CFP:

“We invite in particular papers that engage with the historical, social, institutional and theoretical aspects of photo archives in conceptually and critically innovative ways, and that move beyond primarily descriptive accounts of the evolution or contents of particular archives, or a restricted preoccupation with archiving technologies and procedures. Both focused case studies and papers of broader theoretical and cultural scope are encouraged as are diversity of critical approaches and disciplinary range. We hope the conference will provide a meeting place for a truly international community for individuals and institutions committed not only to a better understanding of photo archives, but to exploring their epistemological potentials and to developing international dialogues and strategies that can ensure sustainable and creative futures for these archives.”

Please see the detailed CFP at: https://networks.h-net.org/node/73374/announcements/3197517/photo-archives-vii-majority-world

*New publication series: Routledge Studies in Archives, edited by James Lowry.

* Reminder: Articles for a special issue on archives in and for transitional justice, due on December 21st.

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