CFP: Genealogy special issue “Decolonizing Ways of Knowing: Heritage, Living Communities, and Indigenous Built Environments”

This special issue of Genealogy invites essays on the topic, “Decolonizing Ways of Knowing: Heritage, Living Communities, and Indigenous Built Environments.” Manuscripts may focus on all aspects of heritage, heritage preservation, and traditions of knowing and engaging the past in the present. The “State of the World’s Minorities and Indigenous Peoples 2016” report, published by the Minority Rights Group International (MRG), emphasized the close interconnections between culture and nature, the relationship between people and places, and that these associations are particularly relevant to indigenous communities. We invite contributions that imagine possibilities and associations that mark our humanity cross-culturally including practices of honoring the dead, worshiping/acknowledging ancestors, tracing kinship/genealogical associations, transmitting local histories and knowledge of place, and creating shared identity through oral history and storytelling. There are, of course, associated tensions. As Michael Brown points out, “Cultural heritage, whether embodied in places or stories, is a shape-shifting, protean thing whose contours may be contested even by those who create it” (Brown 2014: 178). With these tensions in mind, we also invite contributions focusing on the ethics of the uses of heritage, including the preservation of heritage resources as commodities and as markers of cultural identity within indigenous communities.

In “Decolonizing Ways of Knowing,” we seek to investigate critical genealogies of settler colonialism, and ask, “What can genealogy studies learn from other conceptions of family history as well as family history preservation and transmission practices cross-culturally?” We are interested in how cultural groups situated outside of Western paradigms have conceived genealogy, and how these ways of knowing can challenge us to think differently about conceptions of time, create deeper dialogues between the living and the dead, and tend to our connections to place. In Benin and Nigeria, for instance, Egungun festivals call forth the spirits of the ancestors in masquerades where the living are confronted with past lives. In Australia, many indigenous communities have conducted genealogy as part land rights claims, but their claims are also directly related to their custodianship of sacred sites that are part of the Dreaming—a time outside of time—that informs cosmology and kinship. Traditionally, the names and pictures of the dead, precious to other cultures, may not be spoken of or viewed. Many documentaries now begin with a warning: “This book may contain names and images of Aboriginal people now deceased.”

For this special issue we invite contributions that showcase the diverse ways that information, knowledge and stories are shared between generations (i.e., practice and performance); examine issues of positionality with respect to knowledge production (reflexivity); and critique relations or systems of power (critical theory/embodied knowledge). At its core, the contributions will contribute to the process of decolonization:

The divestment of foreign occupying powers from Indigenous homelands, modes of government, ways of caring for the people and living landscapes, and especially ways of thinking. For non-Indigenous individuals, decolonization work means stepping back from normative expectations… [Duarte & Belarde-Lewis 2015: 678-679]

We hope to attract a broad audience both within and outside academic institutions and encourages dialogue in multiple forms. We seek to broaden the framework for genealogy studies and welcome your creative works including scholarly research papers, reports, interviews, field notes, visual productions, poetry, prose, drawings, and descriptions of community engagement, rituals, and heritage preservations activities. We encourage submissions that address topics including, but not limited to the following:

Critical genealogies that decolonize knowledge production
Critical genealogies of settler colonialism
Cross-cultural family history-making practices
Totem identities and knowledge transfer
Ancestral worship—performance and practice in public and private settings
Critical investigations into the construction of local histories
Collaborative cultural heritage preservation with living communities
Multi-media memory work
Intergenerational communication and knowledge transfer
Critical pedagogies of place that connect global processes to local histories.
Ethics of heritage preservation and cultural appropriation
Thank-you! We look forward to receiving your works on this topic.

Dr. Antoinette Jackson
Ms. Rachel Breunlin
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Genealogy is an international peer-reviewed open access quarterly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) is waived for well-prepared manuscripts submitted to this issue. Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI’s English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.

Critical family history
radical humanism and memory work
decolonizing knowledge
ancestral worship
clans and totem associations
cultural heritage ethics


For the instruction for the authors, please visit the journal website:

When your paper is ready, please submit it to the editorial office’s online system via the following link (but you need to register on the
MDPI website ( first and then use the link):

Contact Info:
Anyone wants to submit Please contact Guest Editors Dr. Antoinette Jackson (, Ms. Rachel Breunlin (, or journal managing editor Ms. Allie Shi (

Contact Email:

Call for Nominations: Arline Custer Memorial Award

Arline Custer Memorial Award 

DEADLINE: July 31, 2018

The Arline Custer Memorial Award  is presented by the MARAC Arline Custer Memorial Award Committee. This award honors the memory of Arline Custer (1909-1975), MARAC member and editor of the National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections.

The Arline Custer Memorial Award recognizes the best books and articles written or compiled by individuals and institutions in the MARAC region – the District of Columbia, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia.

Works under consideration include, but are not limited to, monographs, popular narratives, reference works and exhibition catalogs using archival sources.

Individuals or institutions may submit up to two works published between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018.

Works must be relevant to the general public as well as the archival community. They also should be original and well-researched using available sources. In addition, they should be clearly presented, well-written and organized. Visual materials, if used, should be appropriate to the text.

Preference will be given to works by archivists.

Up to two awards may be given in each category, with a maximum value of $200.00 for books and $100.00 for articles. The 2018 award(s) will be announced at the Fall 2018 Conference in Wilmington, DE.

Submission Instructions
Please send two copies of each submission with a letter of nomination to the Senior Co-Chair of the Arline Custer Memorial Award Committee:

Tara Wink
Health Sciences and Human Services Library
University of Maryland, Baltimore
601 West Lombard Street
Baltimore, MD 21214 

Entries must be received by July 31, 2018.

CFP: Records Management Journal

‘Information governance and ethics: information opportunities and challenges in a shifting world’

Records Management Journal – Themed issue call for papers

RMJ Editor: Dr Elizabeth Lomas, University College London. Email:

With Guest Editor: Professor Basma Makhlouf-Shabou, Geneva School of Business Administration, University of Applied Sciences and Art western Switzerland. Email:

The Records Management Journal invites submissions for a themed issue focused on the opportunities and challenges of information governance. We welcome contributions about, but not limited to, the following themes:

  • Information governance policy, principles and main dimensions
  • Information governance actors, components and advanced tools
  • Information and risk management approaches, standards, methods and tools
  • Information and information assets value and valorization (information economics/Infonomics)
  • Information security, cyber security and warfare
  • Search, discovery and disclosure
  • Legislative liability, rights, ownership and ethics
  • Professional responsibilities, roles and skills in an expanding information age
  • Artificial Intelligence and technological change/challenge
  • Challenging aspects of long term preservation
  • Information governance maturity models: relevant initiatives and case studies
  • Considerations and particularities of Information governance applied on different data contexts and typologies: medical data, research data, public data, etc.

We are interested in different disciplinary perspectives from researchers, academics and practitioners. Submissions can be viewpoints, critical reviews, research, case studies or conceptual/philosophical papers.

Submission Deadlines

  • Extended abstracts (more info below): 18 June 2018
  • Abstracts accepted and authors notified no later than:  30 June 2018
  • Full paper submitted: 24 September 2018
  • Review, revision and final acceptance: 30 December 2018

The Records Management Journal applies article level publication, so within approximately a month of acceptance the article will be available online.

Submission Process

Extended abstracts should be a 500 word version of the Records Management Journal’s structured abstract, using the headings described in the author guidelines…

Please note shorter opinion pieces and practitioner case studies (3,000 words) may also be submitted for this particular themed issue. Please indicate in your abstract submission the intended length of your piece.

Under the design/methodology/approach heading, please include the following as appropriate to the type of paper:

  • What is the approach to the topic if it is a theoretical or conceptual paper? Briefly outline existing knowledge and the value added by the paper compared to that.
  • What is the main research question and/or aim if it a research paper? What is the research strategy and the main method(s) used?
  • If the paper is a case study outline its scope and nature and the method of deriving conclusions.
  • If the paper is an opinion piece outline its focus and key highlight points.

Please send your extended abstract to:

Full papers (for accepted abstracts) should be 3000-8000 words (excluding references) and should be prepared using the RMJ guidelines which can be read here:… and here:….

Papers will be reviewed following the journal’s standard double-blind peer review process.

Elizabeth Lomas ( is also happy to receive informal enquiries.

New Issue: Journal of Documentation

Volume 74 Issue 4, 2018

What does it mean to adopt a metadata standard? A case study of Omeka and the Dublin Core
Deborah Maron, Melanie Feinberg

The relationship between students’ subject preferences and their information behaviour
Andrew D. Madden, Sheila Webber, Nigel Ford, Mary Crowder

Air pollution online: everyday environmental information on the social media site Sina Weibo
Carin Graminius, Jutta Haider

Social media as a vehicle for user engagement with local history: A case study in the North East of Scotland
Caroline Hood, Peter Reid

Data rescue archive weather (DRAW): Preserving the complexity of historical climate data
Eun G. Park, Gordon Burr, Victoria Slonosky, Renee Sieber, Lori Podolsky

Developing a model to explore the information seeking behaviour of farmers
M.G.P.P. Mahindarathne, Qingfei Min

“Natural allies”: Librarians, archivists, and big data in international digital humanities project work
Alex H. Poole, Deborah A. Garwood

Transitions in workplace information practices and culture: The influence of newcomers on information use in healthcare
Anita Nordsteien, Katriina Byström

Long-term community development within a researcher network: A social network analysis of the DREaM project cadre
Hazel Hall, Peter Cruickshank, Bruce Ryan

“Systemic Managerial Constraints”: How universities influence the information behaviour of HSS early career academics
Rebekah Willson

Lifeworld as “unit of analysis”
Tim Gorichanaz, Kiersten F. Latham, Elizabeth Wood

User conceptualizations of derivative relationships in the bibliographic universe
Kim Tallerås, Jørn Helge B. Dahl, Nils Pharo

New Issue: Information & Culture

New Issue: Volume 53, Number 2 (April/May 2018)

“Crises” in Scholarly Communications?: Maturity and Transfer of the Journal of Library History to the University of Texas, 1968–1976
Maria Gonzalez and Patricia Galloway

“Save the Cross Campus”: Library Planning and Protests at Yale, 1968-1969
Geoffrey Robert Little

Media Prophylaxis: Night Modes and the Politics of Preventing Harm
Dylan Mulvin

Rethinking the Call for a US National Data Center in the 1960s: Privacy, Social Science Research, and Data Fragmentation Viewed from the Perspective of Contemporary Archival Theory
Christopher Loughnane, William Aspray

CFP: Labor in Academic Libraries – Special Issues of Library Trends

CFP: Library Trends Special Issue

Guest Editors
Emily Drabinski, Long Island University, Brooklyn
Aliqae Geraci, Cornell University
Roxanne Shirazi, The Graduate Center, CUNY

Special Issue Theme​

Labor in Academic Libraries


The topic of labor in academic libraries has emerged as an area of critical interest in both academic library and archives communities. Library workers have long been at the center of labor struggles in higher education. Additionally, librarians and archivists have worked against the relative invisibility of their work within an academy that centers the concerns of disciplinary faculty who often see knowledge workers as adjunct to the scholarly enterprise. We believe the time is right for a collection of essays that can frame the work of librarians, archivists, and library workers within the broader workplace issues of the university.

We invite contributions in the form of qualitative and quantitative research, analytic essays, and historical explorations that address the broad range of issues facing information workers in the academic setting. Potential essays and articles within this theme might address the following:

  • the impact of unions in academic libraries, social justice unionism, relationship between union activists and progressive/left circles in librarianship
  •  university library leadership and participation in shared governance models
  • discussions of hierarchies, divisions, and power dynamics between and among library workers
  • affective labor and its value in academic libraries
  •  corporatization of the university and libraries
  • the growth of contract, part-time, contingent, and student labor in library staffing models
  • labor side of educational technology and the adoption of corporate platforms
  • the pitfalls of pipeline and residency programs as a strategy for diversifying professions
  • revisiting debates around faculty status and tenure for librarians
  • the implications for full time labor of casualization–for workers and the profession as a whole
  • faculty and academic worker organizing
  • the roles of librarians and archivists as scholars and knowledge workers in the academy
  • the changing structures and relationships in the higher education workplace

Contact the editors at

Abstracts and proposals (no more than 500 words): July 1, 2018
Notification: July 15, 2018
Initial drafts due: October 15, 2018

Job Opportunity: Common-place Editor

Common-place, the online quarterly magazine of early American history and culture hosted at the American Antiquarian Society, is seeking a new editor or editors to guide this unique online resource of accessible, lively scholarship. The editor(s) of Common-place should have a record of writing and scholarly activity in a field consistent with the purview of Common-place (pre-1900 American history, literature, and culture as well as a Ph.D. or equivalent). The editor should also possess strong organizational and editorial skills and be comfortable working collaboratively with an excellent group of column editors. Perhaps most importantly, the editor must possess an interest in presenting American history to a broad public, and an instinct for how to do so in a compelling way.

In addition, the editor’s home institution would need to be understanding of the commitment involved in taking on the editorship, and be willing to support the editor in performing this work. We seek an institutional partner that is able to support the editor through release time from teaching; graduate research assistance; and other forms of support. Of particular interest is an institution with an interest in and capacity for work in public history and/or the digital humanities. A partnership with Common-place would provide ideal opportunities to give students hands-on experience in working with an established online venue for high-level humanities scholarship.

Interested candidates should contact James David Moran, Vice President for Programs and Outreach, American Antiquarian Society by phone at 508-471-2131 or by e-mail at