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Better Off Forgetting? or Born Digital? Reflections on an Interdisciplinary Archival Practice

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Dr. Mona Holmlund                   Cheryl Avery
Dalhousie University                            University of Saskatchewan    


Tuesday, November 26 at 3:00 pm
Room 3089, Rowe Management Building


In 2010, the authors published, as co-editors, a collection of essays Better Off Forgetting? on archives, public policy, and collective memory. This work led them to collaborate on a joint research project exploring generational differences in attitudes towards privacy and visual and virtual material on-line. This talk will look at the impetus and results of both projects, with particular focus on the findings of the most recent research "Born Digital." This research examines the perceptions of a generation who are versant in a virtual realm which is visual and social in a way which has never existed before. How might their expectations affect the archival project?


Cheryl Avery and Dr. Mona Holmlund are co-editors of Better Off Forgetting? Essays on Archives, Public Policy, and Collective Memory (University of Toronto Press, 2010).  Ms. Avery has worked as an archivist for 28 years, first at the National Archives of Canada and since 1991 at the University of Saskatchewan. Dr. Holmlund is an Assistant Professor of Art History in the Department of History at Dalhousie University. Her work focuses on visual and popular culture and is heavily reliant on the vagaries of archival collections and the kindness of archivists.


For more information about the lecture contact Bertrum MacDonald ([log in to unmask] or 494-2472).