Weekly News Roundup October 6, 2017

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



Weekly News Roundup September 29, 2017

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New technologies and their use pioneered by the libraries in Singapore. (The Straits Times, Singapore, Sep. 22, 2017)

World War II veteran gifted his archive of unique photographs from the Middle East to the State Library of  Victoria, Australia. (The Age, Melbourne, Sep. 29th, 2017)

A new on-line archive of documents facilitates freedom of expression and access to information in Malawi. (African Press Organization, Sep. 29, 2017)

International Day of Universal Access to Information celebrated for the first time in Pakistan’s Islamabad by UNESCO. (The Dawn, Karachi, Sep. 29, 2017)

Successful businessman in Dubai supports preservation of cultural heritage. (The Gulf News, Dubai, Sep. 28, 2017)

Disaster response

Society of American Archivists – National Disaster Recovery Fund for Archives

Resources listed on the “Off the record” blog of SAA’s President

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The IAART Steering Committee expresses its solidarity with the victims of Hurricane Irma, especially with our fellow archivists and librarians.

ICA statements of solidarity with Caribbean archivists affected by Hurricane Irma:




Mirjam de Bruijn: Digitalisation and the Field of African Studies (Carl Schlettwein Lecture 2017): digitalization redefines knowledge production in Africa, and thus, African studies.

Earlier this month, the Consortium of Uganda University Libraries (CUUL) completed the third, and final phase of Leading in the Library: a learning lab for sustainable access to knowledge in developing countries.

The project Yale-SOAS Islamic Manuscript Gallery makes available in electronic form all the materials (dictionaries, catalogues, manuscripts) needed for research. It emphasises the rich contribution made to knowledge by Arab thinkers.

Will Prentice is trying to save the British Library’s archive of 6.5 million sound recordings – before it’s lost forever to decay and dead hardware: The British Library is racing to save archived sounds from decay

Archivists in Paris launch the project to create a repository for LGBT archives in Paris: Evoquée depuis près de vingt ans, la création d’un centre d’archives LGBT n’a toujours pas abouti. Face à la lenteur de la mairie de Paris, de nombreuses associations ou fonds privés se sont développés.

Today September 15 Mexico celebrates its independence. To celebrate it: the significance of archives for Mexican history and of open access to Mexico’s National Archives: https://twitter.com/article19mex/status/908114016035377153

Finally, today is the last day for the Early-Bird registration to the ALA-ICA Conference in Mexico City: https://www.ica.org/en/annual-conference-2017

If you need funding to attend the 2017 ALA-ICA Conference in Mexico City and you work in Latin America, you have two days to apply for the ICA Mini Bursary-Latin American New Professionals: https://www.ica.org/en/invitation-to-apply-for-ica-mini-bursary-latin-american-new-professionals

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Weekly News Roundup – September 1, 2017

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* #AllezDemocray ! – THE DEMOCRATISATION OF EUROPE: The Archives Portal Europe Foundation and Europeana will launch an online exhibition on democratisation in Europe in September. Many archives contributed to the initiative, which will continue throughout 2018, as part of the celebration of the European Year of Cultural Heritage. Follow the initiative on Facebook and Twitter, and please spread the word around: #AllezDemocracy

* This month’s featured document on the Archives Portal Europe is also part of the Allez Democracy initiative: the Geneva Conventions, housed at the Swiss Federal Archives.

* From Bahadur Shah Zafar’s 1858 trial to Tihar records: Dusty archives to go digital, Indian Express, September 1, 2017

* “Academics push South Africa to open Apartheid-era Archives.” Article about colloquium on “promoting open and transparent public record-keeping for a democratic South Africa” at Wits, Times Higher Education, August 28, 2017


* Annual Report of the Network of Concerned Historians: http://www.concernedhistorians.org/content_files/file/AR/17.pdf

(Many thanks to Jeremy Brett for this reference!)

* HIMANIS project and the Trésor des Chartes The Institut de Recherche et d’Histoire des Textes (CNRS – FR), in collaboration with other European parties, have launched HIMANIS, a multidisciplinary project aiming at developing cost-effective solutions for querying large sets of handwritten document images.

As a first case study, the “Tresor des Chartes” is being made available online as plain searchable text. It contains about 68,000 charters and documents, dating from 1302 to 1483.

The website is in beta version and the consortium is inviting users to leave a feedback in order to improve the output. Please contact himanis@irht.cnrs.fr for any comment, suggestion, query, etc.


The Association of Commonwealth Archivists and Records Managers (ACARM) Symposium ‘Imaging Imperialism’, will be hosted by the National Archives of Malta on the World Day for Audiovisual Heritage: 27 October 2017.

The development of audiovisual technologies coincided with British imperialism in such a way that the height of the empire is documented in drawings and photographs while motion picture captured the end of empire and the birth of newly independent nations across the world. Audiovisual materials are therefore important resources for the study of imperialism in the modern period, its pretensions, impacts, legacies and contemporary manifestations.

This one day symposium will explore the preservation and use of audiovisual archives across the Commonwealth, with a focus on what they can tell us about the nature and vestiges of imperialism.

More information on Imaging Imperialism


Weekly News Roundup – August 25, 2017

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The National Geographic of Australia features documents and archivists (many of them trained by our section’s member Trudy Huskamp Peterson a decade ago!) from the Historical Archives of the National Police in Guatemala City where visitors can now search for records about relatives and friends missing since the 35-year civil war which began after the military coup of 1954. (Aug. 18, 2017)

Museum Africa in Johannesburg, South Africa will launch an exhibition “For Future Generations — Hugh Tracey and the International Library for African Music.” The exhibition showcases the rich collections of the International Library for African Music at Rhodes University. (Business Day, Johannesburg, Aug. 24, 2017)

Efforts are underway in Japan to stop on-line auctions of wartime memorabilia as museums trying to preserve them are struggling with lack of storage space and resources. (Japan Times, Tokyo, Aug. 21, 2017)

A book series produced by the Arabic Design Library of the Khatt Foundation’s Center for Arabic Typography in Amsterdam documents Arabic design around the world, archived sometimes by the design artists themselves. (The National, Abu Dhabi, Aug. 21, 2017)

Exhibition in Santiago (Chile) offers previously unpublished photographs of Salvador Dali by  Robert Descharnes. (El Mercurio, Santiago, Aug. 25, 2017)