Welcome

Welcome to the archivefutures research network, an international network of scholars and archivists engaged in speculative and theoretically informed  considerations of  archived manuscripts and personal papers.  This research network is coordinated by Maryanne Dever (University of Newcastle, Australia) and Linda Morra (Bishop’s University, Canada).

Turning Digital: delights, dangers & drama

State Library of New South Wales, Sydney. A free seminar & tour for the GLAM sector Date: Friday 26 June 2015 Time: 10.00 am to 3.30 pm Venue: Metcalfe Auditorium, Ground Floor, Macquarie Wing, State Library of New South Wales Cost: Free, Bookings Essential Click here to book Galleries, libraries, archives and museums (the GLAM […]

Archival Liveness: The Paper Archive in the Digital Age

New article by Joy Palacios in the new journal Performance Matters. From the article: “…in the midst of the laborious photo-taking and PDF creating process, I often wondered: am I killing my archive? If disaster were to strike the Maison provinciale such that future researchers could only access its contexts via the PDF versions I […]

Radical Art of Archiving Performance

Fascinating article by Alexis Clements on ‘The Radical Art of Archiving Performance, as Practiced by Martha Wilson‘ from Hyperallergic, 8 April 2015. Clements reminds us how, ‘The practices of using first-person accounts or oral histories, ephemera and grassroots archives, as well as alternative publishers, have long been core strategies for feminists seeking to document and preserve histories […]

The Archive Function: A Feminist Critic’s Lost Thesis on the Archive

New article by network member Kate Eichhorn just published in Australian Feminist Studies 30.83 (2015)  on Barbara Godard’s personal papers. Abstract: As Joan Wallach Scott warns in The Fantasy of Feminist History, the danger of depositing one’s personal papers in an archive is that one’s papers then become open to misinterpretation. In this article, Scott’s fears […]

Historic Fairfax photo archive trapped in Arkansas

Historic Fairfax photos trapped in Arkansas. An interesting article recounting how Fairfax Media has lost control of its historical photo archive after the US-based company contracted to digitise the photos went into receivership leaving no clear indication as to where the photos are or if they can be retrieved. From the article: “‘I’ve seen this […]

Staging the Archive

A new book to note: Ernst Van Alphen‘s Staging the Archive: Art and Photography in the Age of New Media (Reaktion Books, 2014). From the publisher’s website: “Staging the Archive shows how artists read the concept of the archive against the grain, questioning not only what the archive is and can be but what materials, […]

Questioning Rights: Disruptive and emerging IPR management practices in the arts

Central St Martins, 21 April 2015 This builds on previous events with organisations including: Arts Council England; Archives +, Manchester; Library of Birmingham; University of Bristol Theatre Collections; and more recently, ARLIS Committee on Art and Design Archives; and a seminar at the Institute of Historical Research. The event will examine the challenges and opportunities […]

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