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Memory, Identity and the Archival Paradigm:
an interdisciplinary approach

Wednesday 8th - Friday 10th December 2010, Apex Hotel, Dundee, Scotland



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Welcome to the conference website. The Memory, Identity and the Archival Paradigm: an interdisciplinary approach conference was organised by the Centre for Archive and Information Studies at the University of Dundee. It was supported by a Royal Society of Edinburgh Arts and Humanities research award and was part of our Memory and Identity Research Network. The Network follows on from the successful RSE funded Investigating the Archive project and the conference, the Philosophy of the Archive, which was held in Edinburgh in March 2009. Selected papers from that conference are available in a special issue of Archival Science, Vol 9, no 3, 2009. The speakers and presenters at the Memory, Identity and the Archival Paradigm conference were from a wide range of countries, including Brazil, Canada, South Africa, South Korea, Switzerland, the UK and the USA.

Photographs from the event will soon be available on this website.

Abstracts of the papers and biographies of the speakers can now be accessed from the Programme page.

The conference explored the following themes:

Session 1: Value, Appraisal and Theories of Identity and Memory

Session 2: The Impact of Description on the Archival Record

Session 3: The Act of Display and Interpretation in the Creation of Memory

Session 4: Records and Truth: the Creation of Community and National Identities

Session 5: Everyone their Own Archivist – an Eternal Verity or a Digital Virtue?

Session 6: Activating the Archive: A Site for Creative Exploration.

Session 7: Beyond the Written Word: Recording Memory and Identity

Session 8: The Making of History: Archives and the Historian

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The keynote speakers were:
  • Terry Cook, University of Manitoba, Canada: Shifting the archival paradigm for memory, identity and community
  • David Lowenthal, Emeritus Professor of Geography and Honorary Research Fellow, University College London: Pandora’s plenitude: archives for all forever?
  • Graham Dominy, Chief Director, National Archives of South Africa: Overcoming the apartheid legacy
Full details are in the Conference Programme. Please click on the Programme button to the left.

This event has been organised by the Centre for Archive and Information Studies

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