CALL FOR PAPERS FOR I-CHORA (4) Australia 2008

International Conference on the History of Records and Archives
Perth, Western Australia 3-5 August 2008.

Minority reports: Indigenous and Community Voices in Archives

The general theme of this conference explores issues relating to the history of recordkeeping by and about Indigenous peoples, migrant communities, minority communities, forgotten and disappeared communities. This includes historical and contemporary responses by these groups to recordkeeping by dominant communities. This conference also welcomes discussion on the impact and histories of the destruction of archives relating to the above communities and peoples, and the role of records in human rights contexts, including slavery and reconciliation.
We invite submissions of proposals for papers that report on original research into topics and themes that have not been widely discussed in the archival literature. Papers may treat any time period, any format and any national jurisdiction.

Topics might include, but are not limited to the following areas:
• Cultural provenance / virtual repatriation
• Collecting against the grain
• Representation and self representation
• Approaches to keeping cultural memory
• Expanding definitions of archives beyond traditional formats
• Reading traditional records to tell new stories
• Historical and contemporary approaches to outreach and access
• Absences and silences in archives and cultural institutions

We encourage cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural perspectives on issues relating to the scope of the conference.

Proposals may be for individual papers or for whole sessions which may consist of 2-3 papers and a panel discussion.

Papers by people from Indigenous, migrant, minority and forgotten communities are particularly welcome.

Proposals for papers
Abstracts should be approximately 300 words and in word or RTF format. All papers will be refereed.
Proposals should be sent to ichora4@ecu.edu.au by 14 July 2007. We will advise on acceptance by the end of October 2007

The language of the conference is English.

I-CHORA (4) Conference Programme Committee
Joanna Sassoon (SROWA)
Karen Anderson (ECU)
Toby Burrows (UWA)
Carly Lane (UWA)
Michael Piggott (UMelb)
Kirsten Thorpe (SRNSW)
Adrian Cunningham (NAA)

This conference is timed to be directly after the ICA Congress in Kuala Lumpur, and just prior to the Australian Society of Archivists Conference, Perth, Western Australia 7-9 August 2008. A call for papers for the Australian Society of Archivists Conference will be made in a few months.
For further information in the meantime please contact Dr Karen Anderson k.anderson@ecu.edu.au


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