Archives and the Digital World: October 26-30 (virtual conference)

    International Conference on the History of Records and Archives 2020

REGISTRATION: US$ 20.00, a suggested donation – by October 25. Spots are limited to 300.



Keynote Speakers: Marisa Elena Duarte, Margaret Hedstrom, Tonia Sutherland

[Note: all times given in US Eastern time. Presenters (below), displayed in bold.]


Monday, October 26
12:00 PM–1:45 PM (EST)
Opening & Welcome
Keynote 1

2:00 PM–3:30 PM (EST)

    PANEL 1: Re-Imagining Materiality: Three Histories of Archival Technologies

“Pre-Digital Digitization: Copying and Surrogacy in English Archives,” Michael Riordan
“Registration Across Technologies: The Inscription of Value in Paper and Digital Records Systems,” James Lowry
“Differentiation in Description or How Archivists Invented the Semantic Web,” Jenny Bunn
Moderator: Greg Bak


Tuesday, October 27
2:00 PM-3:30 PM (EST)

Defining a Discipline: Archival Research and Practice in the 21st Century, eds. Jeannette A. Bastian and Elizabeth Yakel

    Book Launch: Defining a Discipline: Archival Research and Practice in the 21st Century – Essays in Honor of Richard J. Cox, Edited by Jeannette A. Bastian and Elizabeth Yakel (Society of American Archivists, 2020)

PURCHASE Defining a Discipline

If you ONLY want to participate in the book launch, please register using this GoogleForm.

4:00 PM-5:30 PM (EST)

    PANEL 2: Histories of Ordering, Classifying, and Connecting

“Cataloguing Culture: Histories of Documentation in an Ethnographic Museum,” Hannah Turner
“Making Networks for the Library of the Future: Mechanization, Transcription and Standardization of Information in the ‘Biblioteca De Catalunya’, 1976-1986,” Luz María Narbona
“Archives, Classification, and the Digital World,” Ciaran Trace
Moderator: Adam Kriesberg

5:45 PM-7:15 PM (EST)

    PANEL 3: Deciding What to Keep: Archivists as Co-creators of Historical Meanings

“The Evolution of Archivists’ Roles from Keepers to Selectors to Collaborators,” Nick Pavlik
“Transition from Analog to Digital – A Case Study of Special Olympics’ World Games Documentation,” Jane Zhang
“Managing and Preserving the Immaterial: Digital Visual Effects Recordkeeping and Archiving,” Evanthia Samaras


Wednesday, October 28
12:00 PM-1:30 PM (EST)
PANEL 4: Histories of Data Archiving from Fisheries Research to Cybernetics
“US-Soviet Joint Fisheries Research and the Data Legacy of the Cold War,” Adam Kriesberg and Jacob Kowall
“Machine Learning and Archival Practice: A Cybernetics Case Study on Computational Approaches to Digital Materials,” Bethany Anderson

1:45 PM-3:15 PM (EST)

    PANEL 5: The Web, the Cloud, and Linked Data: Infrastructures for Digital Archives

“Seeing Software: Appraisal in Web Archives,” Ed Summers
“Digital Recordkeeping Practices at the University of Michigan Bentley Historical Library,” Max Eckard and Dallas Pillen
“Enriching Metadata for Irish Traditional Music at the American Folklife Center,” Patrick Egan

3:30 PM-5:00 PM (EST)
Keynote 2


Thursday, October 29
2:00 PM-3:30 PM (EST)

    PANEL 6: Digitization Under Duress

“A Critical Analysis of the Representation of NARA’s INS Records in Ancestry’s Database Portal,” Katharina Hering
“Stakes and Challenges of the Cameroon National Archives in the Face of Digitization,” Tomla Ernestine Tatah Lukong
Moderator: Eric Stoykovich

3:45 PM-5:15 PM (EST)

    PANEL 7: Expanding Notions of Users and Use

“From the Dustbin: Gleaning History in Contemporary China,” Yi Lu
“Documenting Digital Knowledge Sharing in Indigenous Communities,” Diana Marsh
“Digital Archival Collections: Understanding their Use by Academic Historians,” Donald Force
Moderator: Anthea Josias


Friday, October 30
12:00 PM-1:30 PM (EST)

    PANEL 8: What the Archives Can(t) Give Us: Thinking Through Archival Disturbances

“Archival Cures: Refiguring Provenance and the Desire for the Whole,” Gracen Brilmyer
“Provenancial Fabulation: Exploring Records Creation in Digital Archives of Feminist Activism,” Jessica Lapp
“Digital Archives and Freedom from Political Repression,” Ayantu Tibeso
Moderator: Heather MacNeil

2:00 PM-4:45 PM (EST)

    Keynote 3
    Closing

iCHORA 1-8 : Bibliography of Published Works, from previous iCHORA conferences


Index of Participants listed on Program (as of September 16, 2020)

Anderson, Bethany
Bastian, Jeannette A.
Bak, Greg
Brilmyer, Gracen
Bunn, Jenny
Duarte, Marisa Elena
Eckard, Max
Egan, Patrick
Force, Donald
Hedstrom, Margaret
Hering, Katharina
Josias, Anthea
Kriesberg, Adam
Kowall, Jacob
Lapp, Jessica
Lowry, James
Lu, Yi
Lukong Tomla, Ernestine Tatah
MacNeil, Heather
Marsh, Diana
Narbona, Luz María
Pavlik, Nick
Pillen, Dallas
Riordan, Michael
Samaras, Evanthia
Stoykovich, Eric
Summers, Ed
Sutherland, Tonia
Tibeso, Ayantu
Trace, Ciaran
Turner, Hannah
Yakel, Elizabeth
Zhang, Jane

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