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Thursday, November 7 • 9:00am - 4:00pm
W3: Reparative Archives: Acquisition, Advocacy, Utilization and Transformation

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The word “reparations,” is an idea, a term, and a movement that is slowly edging its way into the mainstream of the archives profession. A growing body of academics, historians, and memory workers are engaging in critical analysis of traditional repositories and examining how to reconcile past practices with current demands for a space that acknowledges and provides redress for the dismissal and systemic erasure of marginalized communities from conventional archives. This workshop will elaborate on the role of academic archives in silencing under-documented communities but will also illuminate efforts to reckon with challenging histories, such as Project STAND. This radical grassroots archival consortia project between colleges and universities around the country seeks to create a centralized digital space highlighting collections emphasizing student activism in vulnerable communities and to foster ethical documentation of contemporary and past social justice movements in under-documented student populations. Attendees will have the opportunity to map out a reparative archive framework using collection assessment, outreach and engagement, advocacy, utilization, and transformation. Attendees should be prepared to think about their own repositories and how they might engage in creating a reparative archive.


Lae’l Hughes-Watkins

University of Maryland

Thursday November 7, 2019 9:00am - 4:00pm EST
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