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CFP: Responsibility, Repair and Representation in Archival Practices - SIEF conference, Brno, CZE - June 7-10, 2023

  • 1.  CFP: Responsibility, Repair and Representation in Archival Practices - SIEF conference, Brno, CZE - June 7-10, 2023

    Posted Nov 30, 2022 04:45 PM

    Hello colleagues, Please note the following call for papers and consider proposing a presentation.

    CFP: Responsibility, Repair and Representation in Archival Practices -SIEF
    (International Society for Ethnology and Folklore) conference, Brno, CZ - June 7-10, 2023.
    Submission deadline is January 10, 2023.

    This panel will present ways in which archives engage communities of origin in an effort to sustain cultural memory and advance the cause of social justice and cultural equity. Case studies will demonstrate how repositories and communities engage in collaborative co-curation of content, and utilize innovative digital technologies and platforms to preserve, maintain, and provide access to historical legacy, identity and memory. The panel will highlight the crucial role of oral narrative and expressive culture in asserting a differential sense of collective and individual histories that counter pejorative, dominant narratives and descriptions in archival records and catalogs using examples of various folk traditions and cultural expressions. The role of emerging digital platforms, along with participatory archiving, community-centered websites and reparative cataloging efforts will demonstrate ways of de-centering and displacing colonial-era descriptive practices that are still present in archival and public-facing records. With such examples we hope to underscore Stuart Hall's contention that re-telling, re-discovering, and re-inventing the past are essential to the conduct of a responsible (counter) cultural politics. In a reflexive mode, the panel will also engage with the collaborative role of archival professionals and media producers in advancing community-based social justice initiatives.

    Co-conveners: Guha Shankar (Library of Congress (USA), Maryna Chernyavska (University of Alberta, CA)

    Please note: Presenters and other delegates are not obliged to become members of SIEF, however all are encouraged to support the Society in this way. There will be a financial incentive to do so, in that non-members will pay a higher registration fee.

    All proposals must be made via the online form, not by email. There is a 'Propose paper' button -in the title section of each open panel (see URL for this panel above) which will direct you to log in to your SIEF account in order to submit your abstract . If you are not already a member of SIEF, you will need to set up an account before you can submit your proposal.  

    Paper proposals must consist of:

    • a paper title
    • the name/s and email address/es of author/s
    • a short abstract of fewer than 300 characters
    • a long abstract of fewer than 250 words
    Additional information on the submission process:
    Conference theme -

    Guha Shankar, PhD
    Sr. Folklife Specialist
    Co-director, Civil Rights History Project
    Coordinator, Ancestral Voices
    American Folklife Center, Library of Congress
    Washington, DC
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