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Understanding community archives within an international context

July 7 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm BST

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm GMT

The session will discuss and consider ideas such as:

  • Is an international perspective useful in considering community-led/community-based archives? How can we benefit from such a perspective as researchers and community archive practitioners?
  • How can we connect the study of the practice of community archiving internationally to the critical questions we face today (discrimination and representation, climate change, social justice and equitable access to and distribution of rights and resources, democratisation of voice and narratives / histories, the sustainability of community-led resources and institutions, etc)
  • Is there as much variety of independent and community-led archives within national contexts as there is across national boundaries?
  • What problems manifest themselves when we want to talk about community-led/community-based archives internationally? How important are national contexts in discussing the subject (e.g. history and political context of the region / country, laws and legal framework governing archives (especially public archives), the general ‘archival landscape’ in the country, funding opportunities (state and non-state), role of public institutions (including archives) engaged in fostering independent archives, terminology (and different terminologies) used to describe the phenomenon, relationships between social movements and archives  / memory activism, current trends/fashion, anniversaries of particular historical events, national ‘historical policy’/politics of memory)?
  • How important in studying / community archives are regional/national traditions of archival studies, including as a scientific discipline (for instance research methodology of archival studies as a historical discipline vs as a social science)
  • What tools can be used to facilitate international discussions about community-led/community-based archives (e.g. publications, traditional conferences, on-line seminar groups, Internet forums)?

Organizers: Andrew Flinn and Magdalena Wiśniewska-Drewniak


July 7
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm BST
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Andrew Flinn


Understanding community archives within an international context
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