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Note: SIM is a co-sponsor of this event.

Provenance in Place: A symposium

12pm – 5pm Eastern Time
Monday March 7, 2022

Globally, the archival legacies of colonialism look much the same today as they did sixty years ago. Records displaced to Europe have rarely been repatriated, and in still colonised countries, the record-making and -keeping practices of the colonizer continue to attempt to inscribe settler power over Indigenous sovereignty. How to imagine a future in which the archival legacies of colonialism are redressed?

Powerfully articulating a new conceptualization of provenance as “provenance in place”, JJ Ghaddar offers “an understanding of provenance that embraces the commitment to undo the colonial occupation of one people’s land by another today, and the archival legacies of such occupations in the past”. Against the globalization of western European archival tenets “established at a time when the vast majority of people within and beyond Europe were not at the table”, Ghaddar offers a vision of provenance that is grounded in the Third World project and its anticolonial aspirations.

The Archival Technologies Lab<https://archivaltech.org/> at the City University of New York, together with the School of Information Management<https://www.dal.ca/faculty/management/school-of-information-management.html> at Dalhousie University, is holding a virtual symposium to discuss provenance-in-place and its possibilities.

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYvduqvrDwqG9OT3RqKgZYnoB644SA_yyO6
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the symposium. This event will not be recorded.

Program

All times in Eastern Time:

12:00              Welcome
12:10              Keynote: “Provenance in Place” JJ Ghaddar (Dalhousie University)
13:00              Respondents: TL Cowan (University of Toronto), Michelle Caswell (University of California, Los Angeles), Tonia Sutherland (University of Hawai’i at Manoa)
13:50              Break
14:00              Places as Provenance
                        Moderator: Nadia Caidi (University of Toronto)
                                    Maria Montenegro (University of California, Irvine)
                                    Forget Chaterera-Zambuko (Sorbonne University, Abu Dhabi)
                                    Raymond Frogner (University of Manitoba)
                                    James Lowry (Queens College, CUNY)
15:00              Break
15:10              Imagining Provenance Otherwise
                        Moderator: Jamie A. Lee (University of Arizona)
                                    Gracen Brilmyer (McGill University)
                                    Riah Lee Kinsey (Queens College, CUNY)
                                    Jessica Lapp (University of Toronto)
                                    Jess Guijarro (Queens College, CUNY)
16:10              Break
16:20              Roundtable Discussion
17:00              Close

Speaker biographies available on the event page<https://archivaltech.org/programs/symposia/>.


Dr. James Lowry
Assistant Professor
Information Studies, Queens College<https://sites.google.com/view/qcgslis>
City University of New York<https://www.cuny.edu/>

Series Editor, Routledge Studies in Archives<https://www.routledge.com/Routledge-Studies-in-Archives/book-series/RSARCH>
@JamesLowryATL

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