In association with The National Archives and Royal Historical Society, the IHR’s Winter Conference 2016: The Production of the Archive, will consider the agency of the archivist whose actions, including appraisal, selection, description and the operation of closure or open access, are now seen as part of the co-production of the archive. Historians and other users of the archive, rather than simply seeing the archivist as a neutral ‘servant or handmaiden of history’, are interested in the record creation and curation activities undertaken and the effect of the creating context on the production of the archive. Historians can also be seen as co-creators of the archive when they use and reuse the archive through their personal selection and interpretation and through a more conscious engagement with the archive in their work.
Following a keynote by the esteemed international archival science scholar, Professor Eric Ketelaar, the conference will offer three provocative sessions, on Text, Text to Digital and Beyond Text, in which speakers from different disciplines will present their reflections and engage in discussion. The day will conclude with a round table, including Jeff James, Chief Executive and Keeper of The National Archives.
A provisional programme is now available on the IHR Winter Conference Website
Registration is now open. Tickets can be purchased via the University of London Online Store. If you would like to pay by cheque or institution/organisation please visit the fees section of the Winter Conference Website.
For any queries, please contact the IHR Events Office at IHR.Events@sas.ac.uk or on 0207 862 8086.