Information Studies



Research Culture

ICARUS seeks to support a vibrant research culture both internally and in the archives and records management profession more widely. To this end it supports and facilitates a number of avenues for the dissemination and discussion of research in the field. These include;

  • Jenkinson Lectures -  A series of public lectures held roughly annually, which provide the opportunity to hear from leading thinkers and actors in the field.
  • ICARUS Research Seminars - This is a primarily private seminar series designed as a space for discussion amongst academic staff, research associates and doctoral research students.
  • Critical Archives and Records Reading Group - This is a sub-series within the ICARUS Research Seminars and meets to discuss an article, paper, podcast or output in any media that is relevant to archival studies, in order to reflect the current state of recordkeeping practice and research using critical approaches from across humanities and social science disciplines. Sessions are open to anyone who is interested, including practitioners and students.
  • Multimodal Digital Oral History - This seminar series takes as its jumping off point that the time is right to pursue a Multimodal Digital Oral History, or one that engages with oral history artefacts in all their representational modalities: transcript, sound, waveform, metadata and more. This seminar includes papers that explore any of the questions posed above, and in doing so contribute to the task of imagining a “Multimodal Digital Oral History” turn. 

ICARUS members have also helped to organise a number of recent conferences, including;

Widening Participation & Public outreach

ICARUS seeks to explore and support avenues for public participation and increasing access to research and to the archives and records management profession.

  • Summer School: Widening Participation in Archives and Records Management - The aim of this summer school is to increase the diversity of applicants to our postgraduate taught programme, and provide exposure to the theory and practice underpinning the work of an Archivist and Records Manager for those have struggled to gain pre-course work experience due to marginalization.