28-30 April 2020 - Apex Hotel, Dundee, Scotland

Hosted by the Centre for Archive & Information Studies (CAIS), in association with the University of Dundee Archive Services. The conference is part of the CAIS Investigating the Archive: Memory & Identity programme and will be held over three days on 28-30 April 2020.

The conference will address the following themes:

  • Truth, post truth, fake news and recordkeeping
  • Can memory be authentic?
  • Remembering and documenting trauma
  • Is authenticity challenged in a digital environment? 

Keynote speakers

  • Dr Laura Millar, Independent Archival Consultant, Canada
  • Dr Elizabeth Shepherd, Professor of Archives and Record Management, UCL  

History Scotland Lecture, in association with The Centre for Scottish Culture, will be given by Dr Fiona Watson at 6pm on 28 April at the University on the theme ‘For Glory, Riches and Honours: the Rocky Road to the Declaration of Arbroath’ 

Conference registration fees

£115      Full conference (3 days) - Includes morning and afternoon coffee and lunch

£45        1 day - Includes morning and afternoon coffee and lunch (28th and 29th April) 

£35        1 day  - Includes morning coffee and lunch (30th April) 

£35         Conference dinner, 29 April, Apex Hotel 


Five bursaries of £115, which will cover the cost of registration and the conference dinner, have been funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Institute, University of Dundee. One bursary of £115 has been funded by Culture & Information, University of Dundee. They are available for those who cannot be funded by their institutions. 

To apply for a bursary email Caroline Brown (c.z.brown@dundee.ac.uk) with:

  1. A short paragraph of biography
  2. A short paragraph confirming your eligibility for the bursary and how you feel you will benefit from the conference

Accommodation and travel

A limited number of rooms will be available at the Apex Hotel for conference delegates at the conference rate. Early booking is advised.

In addition, a wide range of accommodation is available in Dundee close to the Apex Hotel. 

Dundee is on the main east coast rail line from London. Regular tram and bus links from Edinburgh Airport to Edinburgh Waverley and Haymarket stations link to Dundee. Direct daily flights between Dundee and London Stansted are also available.

The Apex Hotel is close to the new V&A Museum of Design Dundee on the waterfront, which opened in 2018. The Antarctic steamship, Discovery, is next to the V&A.

About Investigating the Archive: Memory & Identity project

The 'Investigating the Archive' project, initially funded by the Royal Society of Edinburgh, has since 2008 held five international conferences on the overarching themes of Memory & Identity. The events have been inter and cross-disciplinary in nature and have been enhanced by different methodological outlooks on the archive, demonstrating the benefits of scholars and practitioners working together in a productive dialogue or tension.

Previous conferences:

2008 The Philosophy of the Archive

2010 Memory, Identity and the Archival Paradigm

2012 Democratising or Privileging: the future of access to archives

2014 Memories, Communities and Identities

2016 Activation and Impact (in collaboration with the Forum for Archives and Records Management Education and Research (FARMER)

2018 Memory, Identity and Trust

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