CFP: Preservation and Rot

The Sheffield Centre for Archival Practice presents the second of their Archives Vice Versa events.

University of Sheffield, 7th July 2016, 2-4pm

VENUE: John Carr Design Suite, Portobello Centre, Mappin Street, Sheffield

Invited speaker:
Professor Jane Winters
Professor of Digital History and Head of Publications
Institute of Historical Research, University of London

Join us for a discussion of ‘Preservation and Rot’. We invite a series of short provocations or position papers that respond to policies, practices and challenges – past, present and future – that inform and affect archival conservation, preservation, digitisation and access.

Provocations should be no longer than 10 minutes. Topics may include (but are not limited to):

• Preservation/conservation/digitisation practices and priorities
• Open and closed access
• Error
• Omission and exclusion
• Loss and destruction
• Obsolescence
• In/efficiencies and profit
• Rot, ‘real’ and digital

We welcome position papers from delegates who work with archives in any capacity. If you would like to contribute to this discussion, please send us a brief description (c. 100 words) of your proposed topic.


  • Jane Winters (University of London)
  • Maryanne Dever (University of Technology Sydney)
  • Wim van Mierlo (Loughborough University)
  • James O’Sullivan (HRI Digital, University of Sheffield)
  • Laura Peaurt (Digital Preservation Manager, University of Sheffield)
  • Helen Newsome (English, University of Sheffield)
  • Pilar Irala-Hortal (Centre for Visual Studies, University of Sheffield)
  • Peter Barr (Arts and Humanities Liaison Librarian, University of Sheffield)
  • Jonathan Ellis (English, University of Sheffield)
  • Audrey Small (French, University of Sheffield)
  • Lucy Wright (Music, University of Sheffield)

Please send further enquiries to


Convenor Amber Regis (r) in conversation with Pilar Irala-Hortal (l) and Helen Newsome at ‘Preservation and Rot’.