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Archives and the Politics of History and Memory

A One-Day Symposium Saturday 29 January 2011 Grand Parade, University of Brighton

4 January 2011 - 4:02pm

How does an archive become an archive?
How does agency and power operate in the archive?
How do historians of class, gender, sexuality, 'race', ethnicity, disability negotiate the archival record
in relation to cultural politics today?
What role do archives play in the creation and contesting of cultural memory?
What strategies are available for deciphering the archive, reading with and against the grain?
How should historians respond to the 'silence' of the archives?
How might the creation of new archives contribute to the production of radical histories and/or
popular memories?
Do personal papers and community archives offer an intimate antidote to absences in the
institutional archives?
To what extent, and in what ways, has the digital revolution transformed the democratic potential
of archives and their contribution to historical understanding?
What are the political and ethical dilemmas faced by archivists in conflict zones, and how might
these best be addressed?

Speakers
Sally Alexander (Emeritus Professor of Modern History, Goldsmiths, University of London and
Founding Editor of History Workshop Journal);
Beverley Butler (Lecturer in Museum Studies and Cultural Heritage, Institute of Archaeology,
University College London);
Red Chidgey (DIY feminist historian, blogger and co-founder of the transnational digital archive and
community resource, www.grassrootsfeminism.net);
Anna Davin (Founding Editor of the History Workshop Journal);
Ana Laura Lopez de la Torre (Artist and former member of the now disbanded Remembering Olive
Collective, the South London community history, archive and blog project);
Nick Mansfield (Senior Research Fellow in History at the University of Central Lancashire, formerly
Director of the People's History Museum, Manchester);
Alexandra Molano-Avilan (Community historian and activist, and former member of the now
disbanded Remembering Olive Collective, the South London community history, archive and blog
project);
Anita Rupprecht (Senior Lecturer in Cultural History, School of Humanities, University of
Brighton).

Registration
This event is open to all but delegates must register in advance. The registration fee is £80, with
concessions for retired/unemployed/unaffiliated delegates (£50) and students (£35). The
registration fee includes tea/coffee and lunch.
To register to attend please email Nicola Clewer: nc95@brighton.ac.uk
The deadline for registration is 18th January 2011.
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