Ideas around archives, affect, empathy, trauma and emotions are increasingly being discussed in the archival literature. Alongside this, practitioners at conferences have shared their experiences of feeling trauma and emotions and being unprepared for this. How can these ideas and issues raised by academics and practitioners be acknowledged and covered within archival education? Trauma-informed practice has been highlighted as a useful framework which can be used in archives, to address some of the issues raised in the literature, and to provide more support to archival practitioners.
In this interactive discussion, please come along prepared to discuss your ideas around how trauma-informed practice can be incorporated into archival education of all kinds – from formal tertiary archives courses, to more informal types of training such as continuing professional development.
Topics for discussion include:
- Trauma-informed practice involves a set of quite practical skills and ideas that can be taught to archivists, but how does this fit in with current archival education?
- How can we better collaborate with mental health professionals and others with long experience in trauma-informed practice, to transmit the skills they currently use, and make them suitable and useful for archives?
- Are there different ways trauma-informed practice can be brought into archival work?
- How can archival education best discuss issues of secondary/vicarious trauma with students, and provide them with supports going into archival work?
- How can archival education be used to advocate for better support for archives workers who are dealing with these issues, particularly those in precarious employment?
Kirsten Wright, University of Melbourne
Krystal Payne, University of Winnipeg – Kishaadigeh Collaborative Research Centre
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