Call for Abstracts: Archaeologies of Displacement: Heritage, Memory, Materiality

Synopsis

This call for abstracts invites interested researchers to send their abstracts of suggested chapters on the archaeologies of displacement, migration and humanitarian crises, their impact on societies, cultural identity, and collective memory of displaced people around the world.

Book Topic

Displacement and forced migrations were a major feature of the 20th century in many regions of the world and are increasing rather than decreasing in the second decade of the 21st century. Civil wars, conflicts and political unrest have all created movements of refugees and internally displaced people. Other people have fled their homes due to famine, environmental disasters, nuclear or chemical disasters, or major development projects, such as dam building.

Currently, the seemingly endless cycle of violence and conflicts in several areas across the world, such as the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, Eastern Europe, Southeast Asia, Central and South America, and Africa has served to create humanitarian catastrophes. In the context of the Middle East, more than 10 million people have left their homes and have been internally displaced or sought refuge in neighbouring countries. Others have made their way through the Mediterranean to reach Northern Europe, stirring up political tensions and debates about the rights of migrants and refugees. Similarly, in the past few months, images and videos highlighted a new wave of migration due to the warfare hostilities in Ukraine. Western media started immediately to report on the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine and how those refugees are “civilized”, “educated”, “know how to use Instagram”, and “very different from the Middle Easterners or Africans” who sought refuge during the last decade. A growing number of activists on social media platforms ironically responded to the Western media double standards and narratives of refuge.

The concept of involuntary displacement offers a powerful tool with which to explore the identities of exiled groups. A close consideration of the mechanisms of forced migration allows us to understand how the decay and loss of material objects such as personal possessions and photographs, which are invested with individual memories, compromise the ability to recall or come to terms with a difficult past life. 

Many displaced refugees and migrants seek to safeguard their cultural identities by attempting to maintain contact with their homeland. This can lead to the creation of ‘re-invented ethnicities’ where nostalgic memories of a homeland are added to and embellished in a place of sanctuary. In some cases, the assertion of alien identities can lead to ethnic tensions and hinder integration into new communities. It can also lead to distrust and the segregation or ghettoization of incoming migrants and refugees. 

This edited book aims to understand how and why the voices of displaced people are so often forgotten in the narratives of globalisation. We will focus on how the trauma of forced migration creates interconnections between material objects, memories, oral histories and people and explore the potential for creating sustainable archaeologies of displacement. Finally, we will examine how the authentic voices and testimonies of refugees can be used to revive the forgotten and unexplored narratives of global displacement. 

We welcome cross-disciplinary proposals from individuals at different stages in their careers, including early and mid-career researchers, academics and practitioners and from a range of methodological and conceptual perspectives.

Deadline

Please send abstracts (chapter proposals) of 300-400 words to the below emails by 28 February 2023

Contact Info: 

Dr. Nour A. Munawarnour.munawar@dohainstitute.edu.qa 

Doha Institute for Graduate Studies & Center for Conflict and Humanitarian Studies – Qatar

Prof. Dr. James Symonds: j.symonds2@uva.nl

University of Amsterdam (UvA) – Netherlands 

Contact Email: 

nour.munawar@dohainstitute.edu.qa

URL: https://chs-doha.org/en/News/Pages/Archaeologies-of-Displacement.aspx

Call for MAC Poster Presentations

The Midwest Archives Conference will convene for its annual meeting April 13-15, 2023, in Chicago, Illinois.

The 2023 Program Committee invites poster proposal submissions on all aspects of archival practice and research, as well as from allied and related fields. The Program Committee seeks a diverse slate of presenters representing a variety of personal and institutional backgrounds, perspectives, and voices. We seek to foster a culture of inclusion in the MAC program and encourage submissions from anyone who is interested in presenting, including students, new professionals, first-time presenters, and those from allied professions. MAC membership is not required to present. 

To submit a proposal, please fill out the Google Form (forms.gle/jkGiPrPZTUAaEU7t8). Proposals are due February 3, 2023 (deadline extended). Poster presentations will be onsite only. For complete details, visit the Call for Poster Proposals page on the MAC website.

Call for Applications: Awards for Excellence in Writing and Publishing

The Society of American Archivists is soliciting recommendations for writing and publishing awards for excellence. There are five awards up for grabs with varying prize amounts. All submissions must have been produced during 2022.

Note that you can apply or be nominated for multiple awards in a single cycle, but may only receive one. The deadline for nominations is February 28, 2023.

CFP: Empire and material culture

The Society for Global Nineteenth-Century Studies (ww.global19c.com) is seeking a few papers on any aspect of empire and material culture (with a slight preference for papers exploring museum collections, cultures of collecting, etc.) to be included in the program of its 2023 world congress in Singapore (19-22 June). These papers will join panels that have already been formed.  The theme of the congress is “Comparative Empire: Conflict, Competition, and Cooperation, 1750-1914.” While remote participation may be possible, we would be especially interested in presenters who are able to join us in person. To learn more about the work of the Society and its congress, please visit: https://www.global19c.com/ and https://www.sgncscongress.com/

The deadline for submissions has already passed. Therefore, proposals will be considered on a first-come, first served basis.

CFP: ARMA InfoCon 2023

Be a part of the action by presenting your skills and best practices to the finest in the profession at ARMA International’s InfoCon 2023, at Huntington Place in Detroit, MI, on October 8-11, 2023. 

The call for proposals is open now through February 1, 2023. ARMA seeks sessions that have a measurable impact and lead to workplace results for the participants and that are uniquely engaging and invite the participants to experience content application.

  • Share best practices and innovations and build upon core skills
  • Ignite imaginations and showcase trends in information management and governance
  • Demonstrate clear key concepts, solutions, and takeaways for attendees
  • Supply real-world examples and practical takeaways
  • Be learner focused, creative, and engaging

Presenters will receive a free conference registration. For panel presentations with multiple presenters, two free registrations will be given.

When submitting, please indicate your session track type and session topic focus area.

SESSION FORMAT:

  1.  CORE CONTENT SESSION: 40-45 minutes

SESSION TRACKS:

  1. BEGINNER TRACK: Sessions geared towards those with 0-5 years of experience working in the RIM/IG industry.
  2. INTERMEDIATE TRACK: Sessions geared towards those with 6-20 years of experience working in the RIM/IG industry.
  3. ADVANCED TRACK: Sessions geared towards those with 21+ years of experience working in the RIM/IG industry.
  4. EMERGING TRENDS TRACK: Sessions focused on topics related to the latest trends and updates in technology, business methods, etc.
  5. MICROSOFT TRACK: Sessions focused on trends, use cases, and implementation of Microsoft technologies. 
  6. THE SEDONA CONFERENCE® LEGAL TRACK: Sessions focused on legal topics related to information such as contracts management, eDiscovery, technology-assisted review, PII, legal obligations, etc.

PROPOSED TOPIC FOCUS AREAS:

  1. ADVANCED INFORMATION CONCEPTS: Sessions focused on advanced information topics such as digital transformation, content services, process automation, continuous auditing, and analytics, etc.
  2. CREATING STRUCTURE AND IMPROVING PROCESS: Sessions focused on the topics of information structure, taxonomy, file plans, metadata, etc., as well as those on process improvement, process analysis, and process management.
  3. DEI: Sessions relevant to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the RIM/IG industry.
  4. ETHICS: Sessions focused on the relationship between the creation, organization, dissemination, and use of information, and the ethical standards and moral codes governing human conduct in society. 
  5. INFORMATION FORWARD (ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY): Sessions focused on any type of advanced technology, for example, artificial intelligence, machine learning, blockchain, automated technology-assisted review, autoclassification, etc.
  6. INFORMATION FUNDAMENTALS: Sessions focused on the fundamentals of records management, information management, document management, content management, data management, etc.
  7. PROFESSIONAL ADVANCEMENT: Sessions focused on individual development, for example, certifications, career development, career path analysis, team building, etc.
  8. REDUCING ORGANIZATIONAL INFORMATION RISK: Sessions focused on information risk reduction such as eDiscovery, ROT analysis, information migration, file share reduction, etc.


Click here for more information on the process and how to submit your proposal.

ARMA strives for a diverse and well-balanced conference. Each submission is given a thorough review, and all submitters will be notified of their status on or before March 31, 2023.

SUBMIT YOUR PROPOSAL NOW! 


Questions?  Email us at conference@armaintl.org.

Call for Contributions: Email Archiving Symposium

The Email Archives: Building Capacity and Community program is pleased to announce a Call for Contributions for the Email Archiving Symposium. The symposium will take place over the course of three days and online, from June 13 to June 15, 2023

Email archives are a valuable source of information and evidence. As more institutions grapple with challenges, and as others realize the full potential of email archives as a resource, age-old questions are being looked at anew.  The goal of the EA Symposium is to highlight the ways that now, more than ever, we can and must fully integrate email preservation and access into archival practice. Whether it’s libraries, archives, museums, government, or corporations, every institution that uses email needs a solution for managing and archiving it.

The symposium will explore the current state of email archiving and reflect on future opportunities for progress. We welcome contributions on all aspects of email archiving including:

  • Discovery and uses of email archives
  • Social and cultural value of email records and collections 
  • Email management and retention policies and practices
  • Technologies for managing email archives
  • Outstanding community needs and future developments
  • Email as a resource for research and scholarship

The deadline for submission is Friday, March 3, 2023. 

For more information about the submission process, please visit https://emailarchivesgrant.library.illinois.edu/email-archiving-symposium/.  

CHRISTOPHER J PROM, PHD (HE/HIS)

Interim Juanita J. and Robert E. Simpson Dean of Libraries and University Librarian (Designate)

Call for Nominations: Mander Jones Award

The Mander Jones Awards Committee is pleased to announce that the call for nominations for the 27th annual Mander Jones Awards – Publications are now open!

These awards recognise excellence in publications relating to archives and recordkeeping. They are named in honour of Phyllis Mander Jones, a founding member of the Archives Section of the Library Association of Australia (later the ASA) and co-editor of the first issue of Archives & Manuscripts. 

Works published in 2022 are eligible for nomination. There are eight award categories open for nomination.

Nominations close Wednesday 5 April 2023.

See the full call for more information.

Oral History Australia journal seeking section editors

The Editors and Chair of the Editorial Board of Studies in Oral History, the journal of Oral History Australia, are inviting expressions of interest for the positions of Reviews Editor and Reports Editor.

If you are interested in either of these roles, please send an email to journal@oralhistoryaustralia.org.au by 14 February 2023 including:

  • a short biography (300 word limit), and
  • a  paragraph explaining your interest in and suitability for the role(s).

Information about the Studies in Oral History is available at: https://oralhistoryaustralia.org.au/journal/journal-overview/.

Studies in Oral History is jointly edited by Carla Pascoe Leahy and Skye Krichauff. The Editorial Board includes: Alexandra Dellios (Chair), Lynn Abrams, Sean Field, Alexander Freund, Anna Green, Nepia Mahuika, Anisa Puri, Beth Robertson and Mark Wong.

Call for Nominations: Philip M. Hamer and Elizabeth Hamer Kegan Award

The Philip M. Hamer and Elizabeth Hamer Kegan Award Committee invites nominations for the 2023 award.

The Philip M. Hamer and Elizabeth Hamer Kegan Award recognizes an archivist, editor, group of individuals, or institution that has increased public awareness of a specific body of documents (which can be a specific archival collection or thematic aggregation) through compilation, transcription, exhibition, or public presentation of archives or manuscript materials for educational, instructional, or other public purpose. Work that has had an impact on a local, regional, national, and/or international level is welcomed.

Recent winners include:

  • 2022: San Diego Air and Space Museum
  • 2021: California State University Japanese American Digitization Project
  • 2020: Laura Wagner, Rubenstein Library, Duke University (Radio Haiti)
  • 2019:  Dickinson College Archives and Special Collections for Carlisle Indian School Digital Resource Center

Eligibility:

Individual archivists and editors, groups of individuals, organizations. This award is open to nominees within and outside of the United States, and is not limited to SAA members.

Prize:

A certificate and a cash prize of $500.

Application Deadline:

All nominations shall be submitted to SAA by February 28, 2023. 

For more information on this award, including the nomination form, please go to http://www2.archivists.org/governance/handbook/section12-hamer

For more information on SAA awards and the nominations process, please go to https://www2.archivists.org/aboutsaa/awardsandscholarships

CFP: Women and Museums A Focus Issue for the Journal Collections

CALL FOR PAPERS
Women and Museums
A Focus Issue for the journal Collections

Guest Edited by Dr. Holly Farrell, Postdoctoral researcher, Leiden University, Netherlands

Deadline: March 1, 2023

While not always as well-known as their male counterparts, women have been involved in
the development of museums since their conception. Whether as donors, collectors, or
employees, women have had important roles in the building up and display of collections in
museums throughout the world. As work is done to highlight the histories of museum
institutions and collecting practices, it is important to acknowledge the distinct position of
women in this area. The contribution of women to museums and collections is invariably
linked to issues of gender, along with class and race, making for a rich and nuanced area of
research. Developing from the Women and Museums Conference, Leiden University 2022,
this special issue will explore the varied ways in which women participated in such
institutions. The relationship between women, museums and collections historically is an
important site for understanding connections between people, institutions and objects.
We invite contributions from scholars and practitioners writing on topics related to the
following:
• Women’s collections
• Women as donators
• Women and museum work
• Private collections
• Imperialism and women collecting
• Folk museums and women
• Women’s photography collections
• Women travellers and collectors
• Women working in the shadow of men
We are particularly interested in articles which relate to gender, race, class intersections in
the lives of the women examined.
For this issue, we are seeking articles, essays, and case studies of 2,000-3,000 words (8-12
pages double spaced, plus notes and references). Authors should express their interest by
submitting a 300-word abstract and any relevant information (such as short bio or pertinent
URLs) to the guest editor, h.o.farrell@hum.leidenuniv.nl, and the journal editor,
jdgsh@rit.edu, by March 1, 2023. Notification of acceptance will be made by May 1, 2023,
with the deadline for submission of final papers of September 1, 2023 through the SAGE
online submission portal. Publication is anticipated for volume 19 or 20 an issue date of
2023/2024. For additional information or to receive samples of the journal, please contact
the journal editor, Juilee Decker, jdgsh@rit.edu.

Issued September 8, 2022

Framing References:
• Women and Museums Conference, Leiden University 2022.
• Two issues of the journal published in 2018,
https://journals.sagepub.com/toc/cjx/14/3 and
https://journals.sagepub.com/toc/cjx/14/4, guest edited by Janet Ashton, Margot
Note, and Consuelo Sendino.
• Bracken, Susan. Andrea M. Gáldy, Adriana. Turpin, and University of London. Institute
of Historical Research. Women Patrons and Collectors. Newcastle upon Tyne:
Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012.

• D’Ancona Modena, Louisa Levi. “The ‘beautiful enigma,’a case study of German-
Jewish women in collector networks in Rome (1880-1914).” Journal of the History of

Collections (2022).
• Hill, Kate, Women and museums, 1850–1914: modernity and the gendering of
knowledge. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2016.
• Leis, A C. Sarah Sophia Banks: femininity, sociability and the practice of collecting in
late Georgian England. York: University of York, 2013.
• Leis, Arlene, and Kacie Wells. Women and the Art and Science of Collecting in
Eighteenth-Century Europe. New York: Routledge, 2021.
• Levin, Amy K. (ed), Gender, sexuality and museums, A Routledge reader. London:
Routledge, 2010.
• Proctor-Tiffany, Mary. “Doris Duke and Mary Crane, Collecting Islamic art for Shangri
La, a Hawaiian hideaway home.” Journal of the History of Collections (2022).