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9:30 – 9:45 – Introduction
09:45-10:45 – Opening Presentation + Q&A
Decolonising the Archive – Living the Archive
Decolonising the Archive (DTA) is a project imagining, in real time, the latitude and limits of the Pan African archive. Drawing on practical and theoretical frameworks as diverse as applied theatre, narrative therapy, sampling and dub mixing, our work aims to preserve and share memory though processes of activation and circulation. This session for ‘Recording it Ourselves’ will unpack the theory behind our work, share our practice, and explore the reasons why we feel such a project is necessary at this time.
10:45-11:00 – Break
11:00-12:30 – Panel 1 + Q&A
Talk 1: Mother Tongues Collective: Translation as Recording
We will explore the idea of Translation as Recording through the DIY translations and material produced at our Translation Parties, that we have been hosting at libraries and archives in London. (If covid permits, we will also present a new project we are developing which involves DIY translations of Silvia Cusicanqui’s work).
Some info on Translation Parties: During the Translation Parties we translate selections from zines, pamphlets and periodicals from collections such as the Feminist Library, 56A and Mayday Rooms. The translation parties facilitate a space for participants to discuss issues around translation, celebrate our multilingual histories through diy translation, encourage interaction with historical materials as well as engage with and challenge the language used around collections. We also explore the possibility of research taking the form of action.
Talk 2: Laura Way: Cut and Stick/Stuck? Methodological and ethical considerations when creating, archiving and distributing zines as part of qualitative research.
What methodological and ethical issues are at play when inviting research participants to create zines? In this talk I will critically reflect on the utilisation of zine page creation as a creative research method as part of a research study exploring the construction and maintenance of punk identities of older women. This will consider the justification for such an approach, the difficulties involved, and the collating and distribution of these participant-created zines. I will then consider the proposed use of zine creation in my current research with young fathers which would entail the archiving of such data and the potential methodological and ethical issues here and whether/how these can be resolved.
Talk 3: Elly Clarke: Queer Encounters King’s Cross
Queer Encounters King’s Cross is a queer archive project I did about King’s Cross in 2017-2018 in response to the rapid development of the area and the global closure of so many queer spaces. The project consists of text, photos & audio from encounters I had with 10 different individuals, about their queer memories of King’s Cross in the ’80s, ’90s and 00s. These decades were witness to a great deal of change, including most notably the AIDS crisis, which many people talk about.
The encounters took place in pubs and bars, (most often at Central Station, pretty much the last non-straight bar standing), in people’s homes, via Skype (twice) and once on the old fashioned telephone. The conversations were recorded and then transcribed, word for word, and shared with each participant via file-sharing software Google Docs. Over an extended period, the transcripts were edited in collaboration with each individual, to work out what of their conversations, could and could not be shared to a wider audience. The gaps you see (and hear) are those edits. The audio, hosted on soundcloud.com/queer-encounters and readable by your phone via the QR code at the bottom of each encounter, enables you to hear these stories as they were told.
The posters were designed in collaboration with designer Frances Yeung.
See full project here: http://ellyclarke.com/index.php?/news/queer-encounters-kings-cross/ audio here: https://soundcloud.com/queer-encounters.
12:30-13:30 – Lunch
13:30 – 15:00 – Panel 2 + Q+A
Talk 1: Erkan Saka: Creating a Digital Archive of Dissent: The Gezi Archive
I have been coordinating efforts to create digital archives to keep data not to disappear from the public record. I have integrated these efforts into my graduate level courses but since they are open access ordinary citizens also participated. I would mostly like to talk about our wiki-like site for the Gezi Park Protests that took place in 2013 in Turkey: (https://www.geziarchive.net/) I believe this is the biggest online archive on the protests. I would like to talk about our collection process, copyright issues, security concerns, digitizing the printed media etc. Besides, our other works include a site to organize Turkey’s early internet history (https://sites.google.com/view/turkiyeinternet/home) and Turkey’s election database (https://www.secimturk.net/) I am planning to create a Turkish based meme wiki soon and there is a possibility that I might be involved in İstanbul municipality’s digital cultural heritage projects by next year.
Talk 2: Jim Donaghey – The Warzone Dialectogram: graphically documenting our punk anarchist social centre
The Warzone Dialectogram Project focuses on a recently evicted social centre run by the Warzone Collective – an anti-sectarian DIY punk anarchist group, active in Belfast since the early 1980s. The eviction and demolition of the Warzone Centre in 2018, to make way for student flats, leaves a hole in the fabric of Belfast’s anti-sectarian alternative culture. The dialectogram is an A0 floorplan-style diagram, annotated with interview testimony, illustrated with drawings, comic strips, and reproductions of murals and graffiti. An online preview is available here: https://uploads.knightlab.com/storymapjs/4fe627b7bedf4689de348d77187a36c7/the-warzone-collective-dialectogram/index.html
It ties social history to a bricks-and-mortar sense of place, highlights the wider context of gentrification in Belfast and, looking forward, encourages participants to think critically about their space and the activism and DIY cultural production that it facilitates. The interdisciplinary dialectogram concept was developed by Dr Mitch Miller (see http://www.dialectograms.com), a socially engaged artist based in Glasgow. The Warzone Dialectogram Project is the result of a process of creative research and innovative ethnography by Dr Jim Donaghey and the Warzone Collective involving interviews, participant observation and co-creation in the artistic process. I would like to give an overview of the Warzone Dialectogram, both in terms of the methodology and some of the key issues specific to DIY punk space in Belfast.
Talk 3: TO BE SEEN- A QUEER AND INTERSECTIONAL INTERVENTION IN THE ARCHIV DER JUGENDKULTUREN
A talk presented by Lisa Schug, Scientific project assistant at Archiv der Jugendkulturen, freelance archivist and DIY community member, and Giuseppina Lettieri, Political educator at Archiv der Jugendkulturen, queer community organizer (Queer History Month Berlin)
The “Archiv der Jugendkulturen” is in its existence a unique institution. Established in 1998 our archive focuses mainly on collecting zines, ephemera and a variety of other subcultural materials from DIY and subcultural scenes. It was one of the first organizations in Germany that strategically aimed at preserving the history of DIY and subculture. Preserving this history has always included reaching out to DIY activists from different scenes like punk, graffiti/streetart, techno or metal. In the last years further efforts have been made to become more professional in collecting, preserving and making the collection accessible. Today the archive can best be described as a hybrid institution – navigating the space between DIY ethos and professional standards.
Over the last 20 years our collection as well as our staff and working fields have beenevolving and changing. This ongoing process urges us to critically review our institution in terms of intersectionality and power dynamics. Lisa and Giuseppina from the Archiv der ugendkulturen want to give insight into a queer und intersectional intervention. They will present their current project to reorganize the queer feminist zine collection. Questions like “Who is collecting what?”,“Who is visible in our collection and who isn’t?”, “Which steps must be taken to change dominant narratives of subcultural history?” and “What is required to make this change sustainable?” are part of this process to address aspects of representation and visibility of marginalized communities in our collection and in a broader sense to encourage a critical and open conversation about the further development of the Archiv der Jugendkulturen as an institution.
15:00-15:15 – Break
15:15-16:15 – Panel 3 + Q+A
Talk 1: Paul V. Dudman: Bottom-up Oral History Methods for Documenting Stories and the Collective Memory of the Displaced: Community Engagement and Refugee Archives
By Paul V. Dudman, Archivist at the University of East London.
For seventeen years the University of East London has been the home of the archives of the Refugee Council, perhaps the largest collections focusing on refugee and migration issues in the UK from 1951 through to the present. In recent years, we have been undertaking multiple civic and community engagement and outreach projects on beyond the academy seeking to work with local communities, third sector organisations and especially with refugees and asylum seekers themselves.
This presentation will focus on the use of bottom-oral history methodologies as a means of breaking the barriers associated with accessing historical/archival information on refugee and migration issues as well as the (dis)continuities that appear over time in migration accounts, policy-making, research and practice and the impacts these have on our work. We will reflect on our own approaches in undertaking DIY oral history projects and also supporting oral history projects by local community groups and non-governmental organisations documenting th refugee experience. The paper will explore the complex interplay of memories and forgetting in the development of the histories of immigration and refugee history which help shape current responses to refugees and migrants. For the archive, there are important discussions to be had in relation to our processes of collecting (community) memories especially in relation to the interplay of power dynamics as to which communities and voices are present within the archive and which are under-represented. In responding to refugee crises, how can we as archivists actively engage in ethically documenting, preserving and making accessible reliable, accurate and trustworthy materials and collections which genuinely reflect the testimonies and life histories of refugees and asylum seekers.
Talk 2: Know Yr Rights! Copyright, data protection and oral history projects
An introduction to copyright and data protection issues in oral history projects with Stephanie Ashcroft
This guide outlines the copyright and data protection issues that arise in oral history interviews, and how the law affects the collection, storage and access to oral history collections. We’ll explore the rights you have as a project organiser, volunteer rights and the rights of your interviewees, as well as what your responsibilities are.
The session will highlight the importance of good supporting documentation and how to understand, transfer and record rights ownership in your project. We’ll look at how a good understanding of copyright and data protection can future-proof your project so they can continue to be used as historical records in years to come.
16:30-17:30 Closing presentation + Q&A
Kelly Foster: Editing it ourselves – knowledge equity and the Wikimedia community
This talk will act as a practice-oriented introduction to the open knowledge movement and address ways that Wikimedia platforms are addressing their goal of knowledge equity through Wikipedia, Wikimedia Commons and Wikidata. The aim is to give a holistic overview of both the possibilities and limitations of the open knowledge movement and consider how communities and individuals can use the tools of the open movement to address knowledges marginalised by “structures of power and privilege.”