"I have never forgotten his words": Talking about Indigenous Archives
A One-Day Colloquium on Saturday October 5, 2013
University of Manitoba, Canada
Indigenous people have maintained their own knowledge systems since time before memory. Innovative, adaptive, relevant, and deeply reflective of the values and needs of their creators, these systems have been challenged by the colonial project and face new challenges and opportunities as technology offers both potential benefits and possible risks.
This one-day colloquium is an invitation for people interested in Indigenous archives from many points on the imaginative and thoughtful compass to come together, to talk, to listen, and to think about Indigenous archives.
Topics might consider the following:
- What are Indigenous archives? Who can define that? What does the act of defining that say?
- What has been done in the past to preserve memory and ways of knowing, what is being done today?
- What are the social, political, and personal stakes embedded in archival traditions and archival
- What are the relationships between self-determination and self-determined archiving?
- Is the media the message?
- Is it true, as William J. Mitchell noted (quoted by Joan Schwartz: Joan M. Schwartz, “`We make our
tools and our tools make us’: Lessons from Photographs from the Practice, Politics and Poetics of
Diplomatics,” Archivaria, 40, Fall 1995, pp.40-74.) that "We make our tools and our tools make us"?
We invite abstracts of 250 words from individuals, or in panels of three to four individuals, for presentations on these and related topics. We welcome presenters from all disciplines and members of the public with an interest in Indigenous archiving, past, present, and future, to join us for this engaging one-day Colloquium.
Deadline to submit: Monday August 19, 2013.
Please send your abstract with a short cv to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This colloquium is organized by the University of Manitoba Institute for the Humanities.
Please contact organizers, Anne Lindsay and Krista Walters, for more information.
“My father used to say to me, ‘Don’t think you know everything. You will see lots of new things and you will find a place in your mind for them all.’ My father was a very wise man and I have never forgotten his words.”
- William Berens
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