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 at the City University of New York, together with the School of Information Management at Dalhousie University, is holding a virtual symposium to discuss provenance-in-place and its possibilities.


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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.



Dr. James Lowry

Assistant Professor

Information Studies, Queens College

City University of New York


Series Editor, Routledge Studies in Archives


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