Tag Archives: materiality

“It was a failure of imagination”: Climate change, archives and material culture

This recent news item entitled, “HOW TO PROTECT RARE BOOKS AND MANUSCRIPTS FROM THE RAVAGES OF CLIMATE CHANGE” takes the debate around archives and materiality in another direction by highlighting how archives and manuscripts are at risk from climate change through disasters as well as changing temperatures. Author Sophie Yeo highlights how informal collections and […]

Article: Of mind and matter: The archive as object

In the following article in Archives and Records (39.1 2018) Peter Lester advances an argument about materiality and the nature of archival evidence. Of mind and matter: The archive as object Abstract Archives are not only sources of evidence and information; they are also material objects with physical, tangible characteristics such as size, weight and […]

New article: Paper tools

Boris Jardine’s article, “State of the Field: Paper Tools” in Studies in the History and Philosophy of Science (Volume 64, August 2017, Pages 53-63) makes interesting reading for those concerned with questions of paper and materiality. Jardine asks whether scholars across diverse fields are talking about the same thing ‘when they talk of paper, its qualities, affordances and […]

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: 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 […]

Affect and the Archive, Archives and their Affects

Archival Science has published a special issue on the topic of  Affect and the Archive, Archives and their Affects. The co-editors are Anne J. Gilliland and Marika Cifor.  CONTENTS Volume 16, issue 1 (2016) Editorial: Affect and the archive, archives and their affects: an introduction to the special issue by Marika Cifor and Anne J. Gilliland Affecting relations: introducing […]

CFP: From Dust to Dawn. Archival Studies After the Archival Turn

Uppsala University, 15-17 November 2017 Conference theme Archives – collections of paper, objects, and other substrates of information, as well as the institutions that house and organize them – have become increasingly important in modern everyday life. But archives are no longer exclusively the objects of historical work – no longer simply a means to […]