2 November 2021 | 1100 - 1230 AEDT Online

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AusPreserves Image"Taking something that would otherwise disappear and making it endure has consequences in the world. This makes it a political act, neither wholly good, nor wholly bad, but dangerous."

A meetup organised by Australasia Preserves community member Kieran Hegarty to celebrate in the week of World Digital Preservation Day (4th November 2021). Kieran is a PhD Candidate (Representing Multicultural Australia in National and State Libraries), at RMIT University. This event brings together artists, activists, archivists, and academics to together think through the politics of preservation with the Australasia Preserves Community of Practice.

Archivists and archival scholars have increasingly recognised that archival processes are at once political, professional, and personal. Archives have consequences. The decisions made at an institutional and individual level shape collections as sources of history, accountability, and evidence. This event considers the politics of preservation. It starts with a basic provocation: that taking something that would otherwise disappear and making it endure has consequences in the world. This process is neither wholly good nor wholly bad, but dangerous. Speakers will examine those consequences and the role archivists and archival processes (including systems, technologies, and structures in which records are kept) play in shaping the political life of collections.

FEATURING:

  • Narungga woman and activist-poet Dr Natalie Harkin on archival-poetics and decolonising state archives

  • Information studies scholar Dr Leisa Gibbons on tools to support a critical archival praxis

  • PhD researcher and librarian Kieran Hegarty on web archives and their political consequences

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