Call for papers: GKMC special issue on Community and small archives

Call for papers: GKMC special issue on Community and small archives. Submission deadline: 15 February 2019.

This is a call for papers on community and small archives for a special issue of Global Knowledge, Memory and Communication

Recently there has been noticeable growth in discussion around community and small archives. Such archives may be stand-alone or part of other organisations such as schools, universities, historic societies, churches, cultural or indigenous communities, and local government or quasi-government organisations. They are often the result of local or community initiatives (where community does not necessarily have a geographic meaning). The notion of critical archiving and giving voice to the marginalised and non-elites is another important aspect, and community archives are considered to challenge the dominant modes of archival practice. Yet the realities of day-to-day practice in small archives are not widely understood or acknowledged by the mainstream or formal archive sector, and it can be difficult to identify key themes or concerns for community and small archives.

Papers are requested that explore the nature and use of community and small archives, their collections and management, and their place in the wider cultural heritage industries. Practitioner perspectives and case studies are especially encouraged.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:
* Community archives and digital heritage
* The management of community and small archives including the use of volunteers, access, funding, governance, and strategy
* Diversity and discrimination vs the neutrality of the archives
* Social justice and community archives
* The nature and diversity of collections in community archives including digital collections and the issues around digital preservation and/or digitisation
* The use of community archives in digital humanities and local history
* Training and professional development for community archivists and archives staff
* Case studies and practitioner perspectives on the role, purpose, and place of community archives
* Cross-sectoral and shared practice around small and community archives or collections
* The place of community archives in the wider archival environment
* The place of community archives in the cultural heritage industries

Submission deadline: 15 February 2019

Guest Editors:
Sarah Welland
Open Polytechnic of New Zealand
sarah.welland@openpolytechnic.ac.nz

Dr Amanda Cossham
Open Polytechnic of New Zealand
amanda.cossham@openpolytechnic.ac.nz

Further information can be found here: Community and small archives: evaluating, preserving, accessing, and engaging with community-based archival heritage http://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/call_for_papers.htm?id=8127

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