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).

The Materiality of Method: The Case of the Mass Observation Archive

    New article in Sociological Review Online by Liz Moor and Emma Uprichard: The Materiality of Method: The Case of the Mass Observation Archive Abstract: The Mass Observation Archive presents numerous methodological issues for social researchers. The data are idiosyncratic, difficult to analyze, and the sample design is nonsystematic. Such issues seriously challenge conventional […]

From Dust to Digital: Open access publication

Now available from Open Book Publishers: From Dust to Digital: Ten Years of the Endangered Archives Programme, edited by Maja Kominko.   This volume celebrates the tenth anniversary of the Endangered Archives Programme at the British Library, established to document and publish online formerly inaccessible and neglected archives from across the globe. The volume can be […]

CFP: Performing the Archive

“Performing the Archive” Conference, National University of Ireland, Galway 22–24 July 2015 “Performing the Archive” will gather together scholars, artists and archivists to confront exciting developments in archival research in the field of theatre and performance studies. With the advancement of digitisation technologies and the continuing expansion of innovative methodological and theoretical approaches, “Performing the Archive” […]

Library additions

A new page listing readings on archives and materiality has been added to our Library. There is also another new page with links to videos concerning the conservation and handling of archived paper.  

CFP: English Literary Heritage Conference

18-19 September 2015 (Institute of English Studies, London) Keynote speaker: ‘Beyond Words’, Jeff Cowton (The Wordsworth Trust, Grasmere)     This interdisciplinary conference aims to consider the interpretation of literary heritage objects in archives, museums and literary houses. It aims to stimulate an inclusive discussion about new and innovative ways to preserve and exhibit literary […]

CFP: Seventh International Conference on the History of Records and Archives (I-CHORA 7)

Following previously successful I-CHORA conferences in Toronto (2003), Amsterdam (2005), Boston (2007), Perth (2008), London (2010) and Austin (2012), the University of Amsterdam, Media and Information Program is pleased to announce the forthcoming seventh International Conference on the History of Records and Archives to be held in Amsterdam from 29-31 July 2015. The theme of the […]

Summer School: Archive Futures: Operations, Time Objects, Collectives

(We’ll forgive them for stealing our name!)   Archive Futures: Operations, Time Objects, Collectives Princeton-Weimar Summer School for Media Studies, 14 – 20 June 2015 Internationales Kolleg für Kulturtechnikforschung und Medienphilosophie (Bauhaus-Universität Weimar) Location:              Germany Closing Date:      10 December 2014 Coordinators: Christoph Eggersglüß (Weimar), Mladen Gladic (Princeton)   The Princeton-Weimar Summer School for Media Studies – a collaboration between the Bauhaus-Universität […]


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