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 Technology Sydney) and Linda Morra (Bishop’s University, Canada). This site provides information about network activities and also serves to provide a noticeboard for events, developments […]

Deadline extended: From Dust to Dawn

The deadline for submission of papers for “From Dust to Dawn. Archival Studies After the Archival Turn” at Uppsala University  (15 – 17 November 2017) has been extended to 2 January 2017. Read the full call for papers here.

Photo-Objects. On the Materiality of Photographs and Photo-Archives in the Humanities and Sciences

15 – 17 February 2017 Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz, Max-Planck-Institut Palazzo Grifoni Budini Gattai Via dei Servi 51 50122 Florence ITALY Keynote-Speakers: Lorraine Daston, Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte, Berlin Elizabeth Edwards, De Montfort University, Leicester Photographs are not only images, but also historically shaped three-dimensional objects. They hold a physical presence, bear traces of handling and use […]

CFP Archival Afterlives: Postwar Poetry in English

2017 The John Rylands Research Institute Conference 27-29 June 2017, University of Manchester The John Rylands Research Institute invites proposals for its 2017 conference on modern literary archives. Reflecting the strengths of the Special Collections at the John Rylands Library, the conference will focus in particular on archives related to postwar poetry in English. ‘Archival […]

Tracking the market in manuscripts | The National Archives blog

Most archive services acquire new material for their collections and make them available to researchers through longstanding arrangements, very often by transfer from their governing body, or by deposit from businesses, families, organisations and individuals. However, manuscripts and archival collections do come up for sale. This is sometimes through specialist auctioneers and dealers, but increasingly […]

CFP Special issue: Digital Medieval Manuscript Cultures

Archive Journal has published a call for papers for a special issue. Deadline:  extended to 1 January 2017 In medieval manuscript studies, an important feature of the “digital turn” has been the creation of digital surrogates. Until recently, this activity has taken one of two forms: either the digitization of major categories of manuscripts (such […]

What is Digital Preservation?

As part of Born Digital 2016 the State Library of New South Wales has published a post on the best strategies and practices to preserve a Library’s collection digitally. Here’s a short extract: “Digital preservation can be defined as: The coordinated and ongoing set of processes and activities that ensure long-term, error-free storage of digital information, with […]

CFP: Gender and Archiving: Past, Present and Future

Yearbook of Women’s History 2017 in Collaboration with Atria Atria will be the guest editor of the Yearbook of Women’s History that will be published in May 2017. The volume is a follow-up of the international conference celebrating the 80th anniversary of the IAV-collection (International Archive of the Women’s Movement) that was hosted by Atria […]