UTRECHT UNIVERSITY INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE OF SOCIAL HISTORY, AMSTERDAM
ARCHIVING ACTIVISM IN THE DIGITAL AGE
NOVEMBER 3-4, 2021 ZOOM AND INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE OF SOCIAL HISTORY, AMSTERDAM
Archives documenting activism are an invaluable resource for historians and scholars of social movements. Since they are also a resource for future mobilisations, however, activists themselves have long been shaping their own legacies and constituting their own archives. Social media and digitally born social movements working in hybrid online and offline environments have changed the conditions in which archives are created and, in the process, made the boundaries between activists, archivists, and scholars more permeable.
This expert meeting aims to explore the new challenges and new opportunities for documenting and exploring movement legacies that digital media have generated, including the digitisation of analogue archives and collections. It will investigate (a) how the new media ecologies have affected the archiving of activism and, against this background, (b) consider the optimal role-sharing, relationship and mutual expectations between the professional archive sector, activist archivists, and academics in the field of heritage and memory studies reflecting on the nature of archives and their role in an open society.
This event is made possible by the ERC funded project Remembering Activism: The Cultural Memory of Protest in Europe-ReAct (GA 788572), the International Institute of Social History (IISH) and the Marie Sklodowska-Curie funded project Cultural Memory in LGBT Activism for Rights-MemoRights (GA 840302)