Archives and Activism Symposium Today

Archives and Activism

[ from: Archivist Round Table of Metropolitan New YorkSession 3 with OWS Archives] If archivism was indeed ever exclusively ideologically neutral in its approach to managing historical materials, many archivists have come to see said objectivity as illusory at best. Principal amongst the reasons for this shift in perspective within the archives community is a growing awareness that its custodianship of cultural materials can never be enacted in a manner wholly divorced from interpretation, advocacy, and the ever-present demands of the socially or economically powerful institutions that fund and administer archives.

Despite the extent to which this emergent awareness has affected how archivists approach their responsibilities, there remains a mistrust of the archival world by those most committed to the dismantling of hegemonic structures, particularly amongst activists, on the grounds that traditional institutional frameworks often fail to provide adequate transparency, accountability or sensitivity to the needs of marginalized individuals, communities, and movements.

How far can, and should, archivists go in responding to the concerns of the movements they are attempting to document? Should they be rethinking, even overhauling, traditional archival practice? This symposium addresses a range of issues attendant upon archives’ evolving relationships with activism and social justice. Among these concerns are: ownership, trust, and exclusion; self-documentation by activist communities and participatory archives; and collaborations between activists, archivists, and researchers using emerging technologies. Presenters representing a variety of institutions, initiatives, and activist communities will explore theoretical concerns as well as practice-based approaches to documenting social activism.

This symposium is dedicated to the memory of archivist and historian Michael Nash (1946-2012).

Session 3 with OWS Archives –> New Content, New Communities: Acquisition and
Preservation in Nontraditional Archives (*Planning for the Short and Long Term Stewardship of Occupy Wall Street’s Digital Records Anna Perricci, OWS Archives Working Group )

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FULL SCHEDULE ONLINE 

Friday, 12 October 2012

8:30 am – 9:00 am Registration
9:00 am – 5:00 pm Symposium Sessions
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm Reception

Free

Theresa Lang Community and Student Center
Arnhold Hall
THE NEW SCHOOL
55 West 13th Street
New York, NY 10011

9:15am – 10:00am: Session 1. Assessing the Relationship between Archives and Activism

10:00am– 11:15am: Session 2. Mobilizing Documentary Practice: Building Archives and
Identity

11:30am – 1:00pm: Session 3*. New Content, New Communities: Acquisition and
Preservation in Nontraditional Archives (*Planning for the Short and Long Term Stewardship of Occupy Wall Street’s Digital Records Anna Perricci, OWS Archives Working Group )

2:00pm -3:30pm: Session 4. Whose Archives?: Interactions between Archivists and
Communities

3:45pm – 5:00pm: Session 5. Archives as a Site of Activism

5:00pm – 6:00pm: Reception

FULL SCHEDULE ONLINE