Weekly news roundup—February 17, 2019


* Human Rights Working Group News January 2019, accessible from the ICA website: https://www.ica.org/en/hwrg-news

(Including commentary on the importance of records for the “Guiding Principles for the Search for Disappeared Persons,” currently under revision: https://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/CED/Pages/SearchDisappearedPersons.aspx)

* Documentary Heritage News, February 14, 2019, http://documentary-heritage-news.blogspot.com/

(A comprehensive collection of references to resources and news stories on international archival issues, published weekly as a labor of love by David Rajotte.)

* The Universal Declaration on Archives is now available in Papiamentu! The Universal Declaration on Archives, adopted by the 36th Session of the General Conference of UNESCO on 10th November 2011, is now translated in 39 languages!

* 30 Jahre nach Ende der Diktatur: “Archiv des Terrors” in Paraguay, Amerika21, February 10, 2019 (Article about „los Archivos del Terror“ in Paraguay, in German.)

* Article about the archives of Nobel laureate Imre Kertész, highlighting the latest developments in the struggle over his papers: While most of the physical archives will remain at the Berlin Academy of Sciences, the rights to his works will be transferred to a Hungarian foundation with close ties to the government. Tagesspiegel,  Feb. 2, 2019, https://www.tagesspiegel.de/kultur/imre-kertesz-die-rechte-am-archiv-bleiben-in-budapest/23941978.html

* Presentation: Digitizing Archives in Russia

From the announcement: “Alexey Golubev, assistant professor in the University of Houston department of History, will present Digitizing Archives in Russia: Epistemic Sovereignty and Its Challenges in the Digital Age on Thursday, February 21 at 12 noon in the UH Libraries Digital Research Commons. (…)

“Golubev will speak on the production of digital archives in a broader context of the political economy of historical knowledge in Russia. The archive is a key institution that asserts state sovereignty over history by defining the dominant forms of historical knowledge, its limits and silences, and establishing hierarchies of voices from the past. Modern information technologies represent a formidable challenge to maintaining this epistemic sovereignty as they have simplified to the extreme a precise reproduction of historical documents and production of digital archives. The talk will focus on several cases of digital archives to discuss this challenge and the measures that the Russian state implements to maintain its sovereign control over historical knowledge.”

Calls and announcements

*Attention:  all New Professionals and Students of archival science and records management! You’re invited to apply for participation in the International Council on Archives (ICA) New Professionals Programme 2019! *Deadline: 1 April 2019.

By being part of the Programme you get to provide support to ICA Expert Groups, help run the ICA New Professionals Network and attend and participate at the ICA Conference in Adelaide, Australia from 21-25 October 2019.

For full details please go to the ICA website here: https://www.ica.org/en/invitation-to-apply-for-participation-to-the-new-professionals-programme-2019

*ICA in Adelaide 2019, Call for submissions, deadline Feb. 28, 2019: https://www.ica.org/en/ica-adelaide-2019-call-for-submissions

* “Building Towards a Just Harbor: Endangered Data, State Violence, & Endangered Lives, webinar, part of endangered date week.

Date & Local Time: 2019-03-01 2:00:00 PM
Location: Digital Library Federation | Digital Library Federation
Website: https://clirdlf.zoom.us/j/893477873

(Cross-posted from the Human Rights Archives section listserv.)

* ALIPH, a “global fund that is solely dedicated to the protection of cultural heritage in conflict areas,” issued its annual call for projects; submissions due March 15. https://www.aliph-foundation.org

(Cross-posted from the HRWG newsletter, Jan 2019)

*The Aaron Swartz Fellowship at Blinken OSA, deadline: March 15, 2019, http://www.osaarchivum.org/work-with-us/fellowship/aaron-swartz-fellowship

“Each year, the Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives (Blinken OSA) at Central European University, one of the initiators of the Open Access Movement, offers a Fellowship to honor the work, legacy and memory of our friend, Aaron Swartz. The Fellow will be awarded $10,000 for a period of 3 months, to conduct their research at the Blinken OSA in Budapest. The Fellowship starts on September 1, 2019.

The focus of the Fellowship is on developing (collaborative) intellectual or technological tools that help in validating the authenticity and integrity of factual claims, digital or digitized documents, scholarly or legal evidence, or the validation of research in the networked environment of information. (…)”


Weekly news roundup—February 8, 2019



Calls & announcements