Weekly news roundup—January 18, 2019



Calls and announcements


Weekly news roundup, January 7, 2019

ICA news


La version française suit.

The International Council on Archives’ survey of displaced archives will close on 15 January 2019. If you have a claim over records held in another country, jurisdiction, institution or community we would be grateful if you would complete the survey, which is available in English at https://www.ica.org/en/displaced-archives-survey and in French at https://www.ica.org/fr/enquete-sur-les-archives-deplacees The results of the survey will inform the work of the ICA’s Expert Group on Shared Archival Heritage.


L’enquête sur les archives déplacées menée par le Conseil international des archives s’achèvera le 15 janvier 2019. Si vous avez une réclamation concernant des enregistrements conservés dans un autre pays, juridiction, institution ou communauté, nous vous serions reconnaissants de bien vouloir répondre à l’enquête, qui est disponible en anglais à l’adresse https://www.ica.org/en/displaced-archives-survey et en français sur https://www.ica.org/fr/enquete-sur-les-archives-deplacees Les résultats de l’enquête éclaireront les travaux du groupe d’experts de l’CIA sur le patrimoine archivistique partagé.

International archival news

* Documentary Heritage News, vol. 12, no. 18


* Endangered Knowledge, a special edition of Knowledge Creation, Dissemination, and Preservation Studies (KULA), launched on November 29, 2018 (open access), edited by Samantha MacFarlane, Rachel Mattson, and Bethany Nowviskie, includes several articles that are particularly relevant for international archivists, including:

* T-Kay Sangwand, “Preservation is Political: Enacting Contributive Justice and Decolonizing Transnational Archival Collaborations,” https://kula.uvic.ca/articles/10.5334/kula.36/

*Peter Herdrich, “The Digital Library of the Middle East and Implementing International Cultural Heritage Preservation Policy,” https://kula.uvic.ca/articles/10.5334/kula.38/

Endangered Knowledge abstract: “This special issue of KULA on the subject of ‘endangered knowledge’ comprises 22 essays by 34 authors working across a wide array of disciplines and fields. Guest editors Samantha MacFarlane, Rachel Mattson, and Bethany Nowviskie have assembled a collection of scholarly articles, pedagogical reflections, and project reports that take up theoretical and practical considerations of archival salvage and erasure, the persistence of the public record, indigenous knowledge, and the politics of loss. The special issue explores endangerment as a critical category of analysis for records, data, collections, languages, ecosystems, and networks.”


Call for Proposals: EHRI Conference: Holocaust Studies in the Digital Age. What’s New? Tuesday, July 2, 2019, Stedeldijk Museum Amsterdam, July 2, 2019, deadline: February 2, 2019, https://ehri-project.eu/call-proposals-ehri-conference-holocaust-studies-digital-age-what%E2%80%99s-new

Weekly news roundup—December 22, 2018

* Accomplishing More Together: Volunteer to Serve on an SAA Appointed Group
SAA remains a vibrant and relevant organization because members contribute their time and expertise to benefit the profession. SAA Vice President/President-Elect Michelle Light invites you to volunteer to serve on an SAA appointed group! Numerous positions on various committees and boards are available, with terms starting in August 2019. To learn more about the appointments process, review the positions available, and submit your volunteer form, see the Call for Volunteers. Apply by January 19.

* ICA Human Rights Working Groups News, December 2018, https://www.ica.org/en/hrwg-newsletter-november-2018

* Nouvelles du patrimoine documentaire – Documentary Heritage News – Vol. 12 no 16, http://documentary-heritage-news.blogspot.com/

* Archives Portal Europe Foundation newsletter number 21, December 2018: http://www.archivesportaleuropefoundation.eu/images/apef_newsletter/apef_newsletter_21_dec_lq.pdf

* Knapp 43,000 mail Einsicht in Stasi Akten verlangt, Der Tagesspiegel, December 23, 2018, https://www.tagesspiegel.de/berlin/archiv-in-lichtenberg-knapp-43-000-mal-einsicht-in-stasi-akten-beantragt/23795180.html

(Article about continuing popular interest in reviewing personal Stasi records).

New resources

Kafka’s Last Trial by Benjamin Balint, review in the NYT, Oct. 24, 2018: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/24/books/review/benjamin-balint-kafkas-last-trial.html


Call for Papers on Community and Small Archives
A special issue of Global Knowledge, Memory and Communication requests papers that explore the nature and use of community and small archives, their collections and management, and their place in the wider cultural heritage industries. Practitioner perspectives and case studies are especially encouraged. Read the full call. Deadline: February 15.

Weekly news roundup—December 14, 2018


Calls and Announcements:



Universal Declaration of Human Rights 70th anniversary — statement by the Human Rights Working Group

ica_hrwg_400The Human Rights Working Group will join the celebrations to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the proclamation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The UDHR was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris on December 10th 1948 and it represents a milestone document in the history and defense of human rights all over the world.

We would like to highlight the relevance of Archivists in the defense of Archives and Human Rights, please click here to access the Basic Principles on the role of Archivists and Records Managers in support of Human Rights https://bit.ly/2zMVkXa

#Standup4humanrights #ArchivistSupportingHumanRights #ArchiverosProDerechosHumanos

El Grupo de Trabajo de Derechos Humanos se unirá a la celebraciones para conmemorar el 70 aniversario de la Declaración Universal de Derechos Humanos.

La Declaración fue proclamada por la Asamblea General de Naciones Unidas en París el 10 de diciembre de 1948 y representa un documento fundamental tanto para la historia como para la defensa de los Derechos Humanos en todo el mundo.

Dentro del marco de las celebraciones nos gustaría reconfirmar la relevancia de los Archivistas en la defensa de los Archivos y los Derechos Humanos, siga el siguiente link para acceder a Los Principios Básicos sobre el Papel de los Archiveros y gestores de documentos en Defensa de los Derechos Humanos https://bit.ly/2E7yMmH

#Standup4humanrights #ArchivistSupportingHumanRights #ArchiverosProDerechosHumanos

Le Groupe de travail sur les Droits de l’Homme se joindra aux célébrations organisées pour commémorer le 70e anniversaire de la proclamation de la Déclaration universelle des droits de l’homme.

La DUDH a été proclamée par l’Assemblée générale des Nations Unies à Paris le 10 décembre 1948 et constitue un document marquant de l’histoire et de la défense des droits de l’homme dans le monde entier.

Nous voudrions souligner l’importance des archivistes dans la défense des archives et des droits de l’homme. Veuillez cliquer ici pour accéder aux Principes de base relatifs au rôle des archivistes et des gestionnaires de documents pour la défense des Droits de l’Homme https://bit.ly/2Ps8BJB


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.

Weekly News Roundup- November 30, 2018

ICA Annual Conference

The ICA Annual Conference in Yaoundé “Archives: Governance, Memory and Heritage” took place between November 26-28. You can see the program here. To see highlights check #ICAYaounde2018.

For instance:

One of CARBICA’s proposals for Caribbean Heritage Emergency Network (CHEN) is to stock and station two moveable conservation labs, one in North and one in South of region: https://twitter.com/meg_phillips7/status/1067748597805080576

Executive Board of the ICA endorsed ‘Guiding Principles for Safe Havens for Archives at Risk’, providing guidance for the protection of sensitive records. The Principles were elaborated by an international working group with the support of @EDA_FDFA: https://twitter.com/ICArchiv/status/1067390962576576519

Presenter and colleague @Ricshire about working with African Caribbean Archives held by London Metropolitan Archives. Tip: inform communities that LMA doesn’t own the archives, but the community: https://twitter.com/JantjeSt/status/1067772618147807232

The Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) History Project. Study on the storage and utilization of health records. By Laura Frizzell and Hana Crawford , United States:


Highlights of keynote:

The only archives of that past was of the torture of slavery/ horror. #Haiti quest – still looking to it’s citadel and identity. voices & drums echo across continents to touch Africa. With emotion & sadness delivered by Monique Rocourt, Haiti (Keynote):


Africans took new traditions & religions as Caribbean slaves in chains whipped working ‘new land fattening with sweat & blood’. Memories of far away lands only, rejection w no rights. Freedom – rights and duties but built on what multiple peoples’ common past?


Other news:

Developing a user-centred search for our web archive. The UK Government Web Archive’s improved search is now live! After one year of user testing, analysing, coding, and more testing, we are excited to see the new search live with many of the features that our users asked for. Read article here.

Introducing Future Archives: Audio explorations in African contemporary, traditional, sci-tech story-telling. Read article here.