Thursday, April 28th
Online via. Zoom



Start TimeEnd TimeThemeSpeakersACA@UBC Moderators
9:009:10Opening Remarks
9:1010:40Panel 1: Researching and working in Archives: Communicating with non-archivistsJessica Bushey, Lisa Darms, Ashlynn Prasad, and Karen Suurtamm.Emma Moros (live) and Cameron Welsh (chat)
11:0012:30Panel 2: Decolonization of archival practices and educationJesse Boiteau, Tamara N. Rayan, Danielle Robichaud, and Elizabeth Shaffer.Jordan Kerr (live) and Linnet Chappelka (chat)
1:303:00Panel 3: Preparing for emotional archivesJennifer Douglas, Emily Larson, Nicola Laurent, and Anna St. Onge.Jessica Dobson (live) and Peyton Moriarty (chat)
3:154:45Panel 4: Un-learning archival pedagogyMarika Cifor, Krista McCraken, Moska Rokay, and Tomoko Shida.Mya Ballin (live) and Peyton Moriarty (chat)
4:454:50Wrap-up remarks

This schedule is preliminary. The order of speakers within panels is subject to change.


Panel Descriptions

Panel 1: Researching and working in Archives : Communicating with non-archivists

In this panel, archivists working in a variety of settings will discuss their experiences working with non-archivists. Through this discussion, we will learn about possibilities for transcending the traditionally taught bounds of archives in order to support more effective and responsive archival work.

Panel 2: Decolonization of archival practices and education

The history of western colonization has shaped recordkeeping practices both in Canada and around the world. This panel aims to highlight some ways that archivists are working to subvert this legacy and contribute to reframing archival practices with improved ethical considerations. The speakers will share their experience of archival work, how it has upheld damaging historical narratives of colonizing nation states, and its effect on archival education.

Panel 3: Preparing for emotional archives

 This panel will discuss the effect of records on the long-term mental health of those working with them, especially archivists. By making space to discuss it among professionals, this seminar will acknowledge the significance of emotional support within the archival profession as panelists share their experiences of working with emotional archives. It is important to recognize that archival work can often uncover very emotionally-charged records, like those of social injustice, violence, and abuses of power. 

Panel 4: Un-learning archival pedagogy

This panel will showcase a variety of experiences of teaching and having been taught to be an archivist. We will explore how panelists’ work in the archival field (in its many forms) may have challenged or problematized their perceptions of the effectiveness of how instruction in how to ‘do’ archives and archival studies research exists today. In addition to a reflection upon their experiences of archival education, panelists will also be asked to share about different approaches to archival training that they have tried or sought to develop.


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