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Migrated Archives Seminar and Workshop Series

The UK Migrated Archives Working Group at UCL are launching a UK Migrated Archives Online Seminar and Workshop Series to start 19 Oct 22. 

This five-part online series aims to raise awareness around some of the issues, challenges and ethics surrounding the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Migrated archives; centre the perspectives of Archivists from affected countries; and promote and provide opportunities to be involved in reparative action.  We’ll hear from eminent experts in the field and Archivists from around the world, working together to spur action on this long-neglected issue.

Information and booking details will be updated regularly here.

The UK Migrated Archives: Introducing Issues, Challenges and Ethics

 Wednesday 19 October, 5pm-6.30pm BST

In this first seminar of the UK Migrated Archives Seminar Series we will introduce, contextualise and examine the issues, challenges and ethics surrounding the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Migrated archives 

Speakers and themes are:

  • Introducing the Migrated Archives Group, Dr Anna Sexton (University College London, UK)
  • Overview of Displaced Archives and Attempts to Address the Problem, Dr James Lowry (City University of New York, USA)
  • Overview of issues and challenges surrounding the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Migrated Archives, Dr Mandy Banton (School of Advanced Study, University of London, UK)
  • Keynote: Positioning the UK’s Migrated Archives in relation to archival ethics and reparation, Dr Stanley Griffin (University of the West Indies, Jamaica) 

There will be time for Q&A facilitated by members of the Migrated Archives Working Group.

Please click here to book a free ticket via Eventbrite

The UK Migrated Archives: Listening Session

Wednesday 26 October: 3pm BST

The second seminar of the UK Migrated Archives Seminar Series will run as a listening session focusing on the issues, challenges and ethics surrounding the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Migrated archives  from the perspective of Archivists and Academics from affected countries.

Moderator: Forget Chaterera-Zambuko (Sorbonne University, Abu Dhabi)

Panellists: 

  • Avril Belfon ('Head of the National Archives of Trinidad and Tobago)
  • Mpho Ngoepe (University of South Africa)
  • Shibani Das (Department of Humanities, University of Exeter)

Please click here to book a free ticket via Eventbrite

The UK Migrated Archives: Learning From Elsewhere 

Wednesday 2 November, 3 pm GMT, 4 pm CET, 12 noon SRT 

The third seminar in the UK Migrated Archives Seminar and Workshop Series will focus on exploring examples of repatriation efforts of colonial records from outside of the UK. 

Speakers:       

  • Arjan Agema (National Archives of the Netherlands)  
  • Rita Tjien Fooh (Director of the National Archives of Suriname)  
  • Michael Karabinos (University of Amsterdam)  
  • Rika Theo (University of Amsterdam)  

There will be time for Q&A. 

Please click here to book a free ticket via Eventbrite

The UK Migrated Archives: Wiki-Edit-Athon

Wednesday 9 November, 3pm GMT

This edit-a-thon is an opportunity to get involved in wiki edits related to Displaced and Migrated Archives. This is a hybrid event and we have tickets for those that want to join us in person at a venue at UCL or remotely online via zoom. 

The Migrated Archives working group has been reviewing the existing UK Foreign and Commonwealth migrated archives Wikipedia page to reflect changes in the history of the UK Migrated Archives. At the edit-a-thon we will share the updates and changes the working group has been making and invite you to contribute with your edits to help improve information about the UK Migrated Archives.  

During the edit-a-thon you will be supported to help with wiki edits by our Wikipedia representative. No prior experience of editing is required, but we do ask that you register yourself on Wikipedia and engage with the brief training material we will be sharing ahead of the event.  

Special thanks to Mandy Banton for mentoring the process.  
The UK Migrated Archives: Wiki-Edit-Athon is organised by Farah Yameen, Marina Georgiou and Andrew Gray.  

Please click here to book a free ticket to attend in person or online via Eventbrite

The UK Migrated Archives: What Comes Next for the Profession?

Wednesday 16 November, 3pm GMT

In this final workshop we will introduce and explore concrete actions and ways that British Archivists can be involved in bringing about change. Areas covered will include:

  • Surfacing Provenance in (Re)Description
  • Calling on leading bodies to endorse or adopt the ACARM Position Paper
  • Writing to MPs

Please click here to book a free ticket via Eventbrite

A note on timings/recordings

All seminar sessions and workshops will be held online.  

The timings for each have been organised according to the time zones for the various speakers, which we know will not always be convenient for a global audience.  

We have decided not to record the seminars and workshops this time.  In order to make sure that everyone who wishes to participate can do so, we will release session notes and/or reading resources for each event and include an email address for specific queries that can be routed to the correct person. 

Where we have speaker permission,  we will also aim to include speaker slides, and speaker contact details.

The Migrated Archives Working Group

Established in March 2022 by Dr Anna Sexton (UCL, UK), Dr James Lowry (Queens College, City University of New York, USA) and Dr Mandy Banton (School of Advanced Study, University of London, UK), the Migrated Archives Working Group brings together a group of students from UCL's MA in Archives & Records Management's 2021/2022 cohort committed to working on raising awareness on issues connected to the displacement of archives resulting from Britain's former colonial entanglements. 

Meet the Migrated Archives Working Group

Dr Anna Sexton is the Director for the Centre for Critical Archives & Records Management Studies, and the MA in Archives & Records Management at UCL and is commited to ensuring students learn about Displaced Archives and the particular issues surrounding the UK's Migrated Archives as part of UCL's MA Programme. 

Dr Mandy Banton is a senior research fellow in the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London, and formerly principal records specialist (diplomatic and colonial) at the UK National Archives. She is an historian with a PhD from the School of Oriental and African Studies, a fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and a member of the Expert Group on Shared Archival Heritage of the International Council on Archives. She has written widely on the Foreign & Commonwealth 'Migrated Archives'.

Dr James Lowry is the Chair and Director of the Graduate School of Library and Information Studies, Queens College, City University of New York, where he is Ellen Libretto and Adam Conrad Endowed Chair. He is the founder and director of the Archival Technologies Lab (ATL) and an Honorary Research Fellow at the Liverpool University Centre for Archive Studies, where he taught following a ten year career in archives and records management. He is also an alumni of the Department of Information Studies at UCL where he undertook his doctoral study. James has written and researched extensively on displaced archives, and is convenor of Archival Discourses, the International Intellectual History of Archival Studies research network, and editor of the Routledge Studies in Archives book series.

Alia Carter is a full-time student on the Archives & Records Management MA at UCL, with a particular interest in colonial records relating to the British Empire held in the UK, especially South Asian colonial records. She is currently writing her dissertation on British Archive Institutions and accessing the South Asian colonial records they hold. She has previously worked in the cultural sector in UK National Libraries as Project Manager / Documents Online Manager on digitization projects. Twitter handle: @CarterAlia

Farah Yameen is an oral historian and archives professional from India. She works with digital archives of the contemporary to make research accessible and available through archival interventions. She is also one of the founding members of the Milli Collective, a consortium of professionals nurturing archives in India. 

Marina Georgiou is a part-time student on the Archives & Records Management MA at UCL. She joined the Migrated Archives working group due to an interest in critical and ethical archival practices around displaced colonial records. She has worked for UK archives in the cultural sector and delivers workshops exploring the potential of archival research when art and archiving meet.