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Cultural Heritage Archives:
Networks, Innovation & Collaboration

A Symposium at the Library of Congress

Sept. 26-27, 2013

About the Symposium

The American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress will hold a symposium entitled Cultural Heritage Archives: Networks, Innovation & Collaboration in Spring 2013. Cultural heritage archives serve as valuable repositories of memory and knowledge and represent the on-going community-based creativity of individuals and groups. During the past decade, there has been an increasing acknowledgement of the value and power of developing such archives at all levels, from very local and informal collections to large national and international repositories.

The Cultural Heritage Archives symposium aims to energize the discussion of ethnographic archival thought and practice by presenting fresh and dynamic strategies for contemporary archival realities. It will also provide a forum for new voices to discuss and present emerging archival initiatives and case studies focused on several key topics for a public audience. The first day of the symposium will explore common issues of concern to cultural heritage archives. On the second day, the symposium will concentrate on ways in which archives and archivists can develop collaborations and alliances with archival communities involved in cultural heritage documentation to address their shared concerns. The symposium, consisting of six sessions, will combine longer presentations by invited speakers with short papers generated through this call for papers.

We invite colleagues to submit proposals (5-7 min.) that present case studies or models related to the theme of one of the six sessions below:


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