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Community-based archives, sites of recovery, resistance and aspiration.

Higher seminar

Visiting researcher Dr Andrew Flinn, University College London, and Centre for Critical Heritage Studies, UGOT-UCL, will talk on:
Community-based archives, sites of recovery, resistance and aspiration.
Another world is always possible.

Guest lecture with Andrew Flinn, reader in archival studies and oral history.

Chair: Astrid von Rosen.

Based on the speaker's many years of working in and researching with community archives, this talk will introduce independent and community-based archives as they are understood and found in the UK (with reference also to Europe, Australia, North America and elsewhere) by examining their origins and connections with other participatory knowledge production and history from below movements such as oral history, History Workshop and Sven Lindqvist's Dig Were You Stand. The talk will then illustrate some of the variety of both analogue and digital archiving endeavours and then explore how such initiatives perform multiple roles following different missions and mandates, including not only documenting contested and hidden histories but also employing the "useful" past as a mobilising and affective tool for building solidarities and explaining the role of the past in the understanding of the present and in the framing of and aspiring to alternative imagined futures.

Andrew Flinn is a Reader in Archival Studies and Oral History in the Department of Information Studies at University College London. He is the vice chair of the UK Community Archives and Heritage Group and joint coordinator of the Archives cluster in the University of Gothenburg / UCL Centre for Critical Heritage Studies. His research interests include independent and community-based archival practices, archival activism and social justice, and participatory approaches to knowledge production aiming at social change. Relevant publications include (with Duff and Wallace) Archives and Social Justice, Routledge (forthcoming 2018), "Working with the past: making history of struggle part of the struggle" in Reflections on Knowledge, Learning and Social Movements (eds Aziz & Vally, 2018) and 'Community Archives' in Encyclopaedia of Archival Science (eds Duranti & Franks 2015).

All welcome!

Lecturer: Andrew Flinn

Date: 12/6/2017

Time: 3:15 PM - 5:00 PM

Categories: Humanities

Location: Institutionen för kulturvetenskaper, Vera Sandbergs Allé 8
Vasa 1

Contact person: Karin Wagner

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