29th Jan 2011 9:30am-6:00pm
Falmer campus, University of Brighton
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 and 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?