Category Archives: digitisation

Virtual unfolding: New digital techniques for opening complex documents

An exciting breakthrough has been announced this week, one that permits researchers to read letters without unfolding them, offering new ways of managing sealed and fragile documents. Using a combination of X-rays and 3-D imagining techniques, researchers virtually “opened” four letters from the Brienne Collection, a trunk filled with 2,600 notes sent from Europe to the […]

Colloquium: Information Studies at UCLA

One of the small upsides of the pandemic has been the move to offer research seminars online via Zoom. What were once small gatherings advertised to a local few are now events available (time zones permitting) to interested scholars globally. For those who can line up with Pacific Time (PT), the offerings for the Department […]

Manuscript fragments: a webinar to catch up on

The Rare Book School at the University of Virginia has been running a lively set of lectures and panel discussions that are now available online for anyone slow to catch on or living in incompatible time zones. For those interested in manuscripts there is: A Fractured Inheritance: The Problems, Challenges, and Opportunities of Collecting Manuscript […]

Archives: new special issue of ‘Anglia’

Anglia: Journal of English Philology has published a special themed issue on Archives, volume 138, issue 3 (2020). First published in 1878 Anglia claims to be the oldest journal of English Studies in existence. The Archives issue was guest edited by Daniel Stein. Stein’s wide ranging introductory essay provides both an engaging survey of “the […]

New: The Digital Materiality of Digitized Manuscripts

A new book by Cornelis van Lit investigates how we might think about the materiality of digitized manuscripts. Of particular interest may be the chapter ‘The Digital Materiality of Digitized Manuscripts”. Often distinctions between analogue sources and digital surrogates turn on the latter’s apparent loss or lack of materiality, a proposition that is challenged here. […]

NEW BOOK: On manuscripts, materiality and ‘thinking through paper’.

New out from Palgrave: Paper, Materiality and the Archived Page. The emergence of digital technologies in the realm of archives has enlivened our understandings of archival materialities and lent a new intensity to our engagements with the archived page by prompting us to consider the potential of paper and the page in ways that we […]

Archives and New Modes of Feminist Research wins prize!

The Routledge collection, Archives and New Modes of Feminist Research edited by Maryanne Dever has been awarded a 2018 Mander Jones award from the Australian Society of Archivists. The prize is awarded to the “publication making the greatest contribution to the archives profession in Australia”. The judges’ citation reads: “An impressive scholarly work bringing together twelve thought-provoking and […]

New book on technology and complex materiality

ARC Humanities Press has released the new title by Bill Endres, Digitizing Medieval Manuscripts: The St. Chad Gospels, Materiality, Recoveries, and Representation in 2D & 3D. While outside the historical period mainly covered on archivefutures, it may be of interest nevertheless in terms of the how it advances debates around digital technology and complex materiality.     […]

New open access book: ‘Archives’

A free PDF of the new book, Archives, containing a series of essays by Andrew Lison, Marcell Mars, Tomislav Medak, and Rick Prelinger, can be downloaded from Meson Press or purchased from The University of Minnesota Press. From the Meson Press page: “Archives have become a nexus in the wake of the digital turn. This book sets out to […]

The taste of the archive in the digital age: article

Quite exciting to locate this article today via the Documentary Heritage News digest: Le goût de l’archive à l’ère numérique published  in La vie des idées. Anyone familiar with Arlette Farge’s book will immediately recognise the reference and also the importance of seeking to extend her thinking into the digital era. By the time Farge’s wonderful […]