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Panel: Emotional Dimensions of Research and Archival Work
July 12 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm UTC+0
PANEL: Emotional Dimensions of Research and Archival Work
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- Jennifer Douglas, University of British Columbia
- Alex Alisauskas, University of Calgary
- Elizabeth Bassett, University of British Columbia
- Ted Lee, University of British Columbia
This panel presents findings on a series of 29 interviews conducted with working archivists on the emotional dimensions of archives and situates these in a broader discussion about the emotional dimensions of research inquiry. The interviews were carried out in the summer and fall of 2019 as part of a project, funded (2018-21) by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (Canada), on the relationship between grief and other emotions and archival work. Alongside these interviews, the project also included interviews with bereaved parents about their recordkeeping practices and archival research in bereavement collections, or collections that are created in large part in response to a grief experience. The panel will focus on key themes that arise in the interviews with archivists, but will also more broadly explore the complicated, relational ethics of research on intimate and personal topics. Focusing on ideas about vulnerability, intimacy, friendship and compassion in research and archiving, panelists will leave time to discuss research experiences with the audience.