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WHY LIBRARY IS NOT A DIRTY WORD: RECLAIMING ITS POWER AND POSSIBILITY

Friday, 10th June, @ 19:00 – 20.30 (BST)

A talk and discussion about library campaigns, radical librarianship and re-imagining the library as a public space

 

Why Library Is Not A Dirty Word

VENUE & PROGRAMME CHANGE

There have been some changes to the venue and programme: though the day (Friday 10th June) and time (7.00 – 8.30pm) are still the same.

Apologies for the short notice

 

New Venue:

THE FROUD CENTRE

The Coffee Bar

1 Toronto Avenue

Manor Park

Newham

E12 5JF

(In fact, only 3 minutes’ walk from the original venue, the Rabbits Road Institute. Just walk along the Romford Road towards Ilford, and The Froud Centre is easily recognisable: it’s on the corner between Toronto Avenue and Romford Road)

 

New Programme:

Speaker: Ruth Rikowski – writer, lecturer at London South Bank University, libraries professional and campaigner, author of Globalisation, Information and Libraries: The Implications of the World Trade Organisation’s GATS and TRIPS Agreements (Chandos Publishing), and a freelance editor for Chandos Publishing.

 

Followed by Discussion

 

Free Admission

No Registration Necessary

Soft drinks provided

 

Blog Version: http://ruthrikowskiim.blogspot.co.uk/2016/05/library-is-not-dirty-word-reclaiming.html

 

Best wishes

Ruth

Ruth Rikowski @ Academia: http://lsbu.academia.edu/RuthRikowski

Glenn Rikowski @ Academia: http://independent.academia.edu/GlennRikowski

Ruth Rikowski at Serendipitous Moments: http://ruthrikowskiim.blogspot.co.uk/

 

 

Edited Collection by Dave Hill

Edited Collection by Dave Hill

EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF BUSINESS AND SOCIAL SCIENCES (EJBSS)

ISSN: 2235-767X

CALL FOR MANUSCRIPTS

The European Journal of Business and Social Sciences (EJBSS) (Published online) is an opportunity for academics to share the latest thinking on research strategies, tactics and paradigms of Business and Social Sciences discipline. The editorial board is interested in obtaining both theoretical and practical papers concerning research models, as well as considering case studies that demonstrate how research strategies; tactics and paradigms are applied in practice.

We are indexed in following databases:

Cabell’s Directories, Ulrich Web, Index Copernicus, New Jour, Contemporary Science Association, EBSCO Host, Universe Digital Library, DRJI, DOAJ, Open J-Gate, Pro-Quest, Universal Impact Factor, Sjournals Index, EconBiz, Cite Factor, ISI (International Scientific indexing)

 

Aims and Scope
The European Journal of Business and Social Sciences (EJBSS) provide perspectives on topics relevant to research in the field of business and Social Sciences. Through its publication the journal contributes to the development of theory and practice. The journal accepts academically robust papers that contribute to the area of research in business and management.
Papers submitted to the journal are double-blind reviewed by members of the reviewer committee or other suitably qualified readers. The Editor reserves the right to reject papers that, in the view of the editorial board, are either of insufficient quality, or are not relevant enough to the subject area. The editor is happy to discuss contributions before submission. The journal publishes work in the categories described below.

Research Papers
These may be qualitative or quantitative, empirical or theoretical in nature and can discuss completed research findings or work in progress.

Case Studies
Case studies are welcomed illustrating business and management research methods in practice.

View Points
Viewpoints are less academically rigorous articles usually in areas of controversy which will fuel some interesting debate.

Conference Reports and Book Reviews
Anyone who attends a conference or reads a book that they feel contributes to the area of Business Research Methods is encouraged to submit a review for publication.

Topics may include, but are not limited to, Human Resource Management, Strategic Management, Trade, International Businesses, Marketing Strategies, Sales Management, Advertising, Finance, Corporate Finance, Financial Economics, Econometrics, Economic Theory, Business Development, Sales Promotions, Investment, Portfolio Management, Product Development, Accounting, Financial Reporting, Corporate Governance, Social Policy, Public Administration, Business Laws, Statistical Inferences, Empirical Business Research, Total Quality Management, Consumer Behavior, Organizational Behavior and Theory, Insurance, Risk Management, Project Management, Supply Chain Management, Operations Management, Cost Accounting, Managerial Accounting, Management Information System, Crisis Management, Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology, Societal Research, History, Geography, Education, Political Science, Linguistics, Library Science, Information Science, Media Studies, Law, Criminology, Gender Studies, Demography, Communication Studies, Business Studies, Journalism, Environmental Engineering, Archeology.

Contributions and Dates

Those wishing to make a submission should:

§  Transmit one copy of the paper (in MS Word), by e-mail to the Editor at editor@ejbss.com  

§  Submissions should not be longer than 8,000 words including abstract, keywords and references.

§  Submissions are welcomed at any time.

§  An issue of the journal is published once there are at least four accepted papers.

§  Next issue is to be launched on 1st April, 2014 in online format.

§  Authors will be charged 150 Euros for a paper as a publication fee.

 

Please read the submission guidelines before submitting a contribution.

Submissions and correspondence with the authors are dealt only via editor@ejbss.com   

 

EJBSS: http://www.ejbss.com/

 

Sincerely yours,

R.M Shahzad

Chief Editor

European Journal of Business and Social Sciences

editor@ejbss.com  

 

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‘Cheerful Sin’ – a song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

 

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

Glenn Rikowski at Academia: https://independent.academia.edu/GlennRikowski

The Flow of Ideas: http://www.flowideas.co.uk

Online Publications at: http://www.flowideas.co.uk/?page=pub&sub=Online%20Publications%20Glenn%20Rikowski

Glenn Rikowski on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/glenn.rikowski

 

Knowledge

Knowledge

THE ELECTRIC TAGORE: A VARIORUM WEBSITE

Sukanta Chaudhuri, Professor Emeritus at Jadavpur University and currently Visiting Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford, will be giving a guest lecture on Weds 20 November, 5.30pm, room G31, Foster Court, UCL.

All are welcome and refreshments will be available after the talk.

Sukanta Chaudhuri, ‘The Electronic Tagore: a Variorum Website’

This talk will offer a guided tour of Bichitra, a variorum website of the works of Rabindranath Tagore in Bengali and English. The site was created at the School of Cultural Texts and Records, Jadavpur University, India, and launched in May. It is by far the biggest literary database to date, with over 140,000 pages of primary material. There is also a full electronic bibliography, a search engine that functions as a hyperconcordance, and an innovative three-tier collation program, Prabhed.

Sukanta Chaudhuri, the principal co-ordinator of the project, will take the audience through the various features of Bichitra, in particular the new collation program and other text-processing software. He will also weave in the human story of the making of this giant website.

Kind regards,

Sarah Davenport

Centre Co-ordinator

Centre for Digital Humanities

Department of Information Studies

UniversityCollegeLondon

Gower Street, WC1E 6BT

tel: 020 7679 7204 | email: s.davenport@ucl.ac.uk

web: www.ucl.ac.uk/dh | blog: www.ucl.ac.uk/dh-blog | twitter: @UCLDH

Digitisation Perspectives - Ruth Rikowski

Digitisation Perspectives – Ruth Rikowski

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Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

 

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

The Flow of Ideas: http://www.flowideas.co.uk

Rikowski Point: http://rikowskipoint.blogspot.com

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

Glenn Rikowski on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/glenn.rikowski

Online Publications at: http://www.flowideas.co.uk/?page=pub&sub=Online%20Publications%20Glenn%20Rikowski

Information

Information

EDUCATION FOR INFORMATION – VOLUME 30 NUMBERs 1-2 (2013)

Volume 30, Number 1-2 / 2013 of Education for Information is now available on the iospress.metapress.com website at http://iospress.metapress.com/content/wh6615445r17/

This issue contains:

Collaboration and knowledge sharing using 3D virtual world on Second Life <http://iospress.metapress.com/content/j989281167vqqhrn/>
p. 1
Noor Faridah A. Rahim
DOI: 10.3233/EFI-130928<http://iospress.metapress.com/content/j989281167vqqhrn/>

Information Management graduates’ accounts of their employability: A case study from the University of Sheffield <http://iospress.metapress.com/content/j08751p7p1q37033/>
p. 41
Andrew M. Cox, Mohammad Al Daoud, Stephanie Rudd
DOI: 10.3233/EFI-130929<http://iospress.metapress.com/content/j08751p7p1q37033/>

The impact on education for librarianship and information studies of the Bologna process and related European Commission programmes – and some outstanding issues in Europe and beyond <http://iospress.metapress.com/content/u281t61205kr4761/>
p. 63
Ian M. Johnson
DOI: 10.3233/EFI-130933<http://iospress.metapress.com/content/u281t61205kr4761/>

Service quality, user satisfaction and net-benefits’ effect on e-School success: The case of NEPAD’s e-School pilot in Kenya <http://iospress.metapress.com/content/c54163jl777r1355/>
p. 93
Hesbon O. Nyagowa, Dennis N. Ocholla, Stephen M. Mutula
DOI: 10.3233/EFI-130934<http://iospress.metapress.com/content/c54163jl777r1355/>

News<http://iospress.metapress.com/content/b268008118w8r226/>
p. 117
DOI: 10.3233/EFI-130932<http://iospress.metapress.com/content/b268008118w8r226/>

Ruth Rikowski

Ruth Rikowski

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Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo  

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

 

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

The Flow of Ideas: http://www.flowideas.co.uk

Rikowski Point: http://rikowskipoint.blogspot.com

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

Glenn Rikowski on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/glenn.rikowski

Online Publications at: http://www.flowideas.co.uk/?page=pub&sub=Online%20Publications%20Glenn%20Rikowski

Books

Books

ONLY CONNECT …

A Call for Chapters for an upcoming book … feel free to be creative with the formats!

The book is:

Only Connect … discovery pathways, library explorations, and the information adventure

A collection of information discovery journeys.
Andrew Walsh & Emma Coonan
A call for chapter submissions for an anarcho-narrative book about Information Discovery Journeys.
Full details on http://innovativelibraries.org.uk/onlyconnect/

Learning is about creating relationships between entities and establishing a narrative that makes sense of the world

Research is about juxtaposing entities that were previously unrelated

The book will consist of a series of narratives connected by the over arching theme of information discovery journeys. The authors of the individual chapters are free to decide the most appropriate structure to tell these stories about information discovery, whether that is traditional textual formats, more free form text (e.g. transcripts of social media interactions; poetry; illustrative fictional prose), through images, video, or whatever media seems appropriate to the author.

The text will be electronic by default, available freely under CC license (see note http://innovativelibraries.org.uk/index.php/onlyconnect/#Note). Print on demand versions will be made available if deemed appropriate when editing the finished text.

Contributors will be selected by the editors after submitting a proposal to the call for papers. Final submissions will be subject to the lightest possible editing, in conjunction with the author, to insure the integrity of the original submission is maintained.

Please send a title and short description (around 200 words) of the chapter you propose to the editors at: infojourneys@innovativelibraries.org.uk <mailto:infojourneys@innovativelibraries.org.uk>

Include the topics you would cover, the structure your chapter would take and any special format or structure your contribution would require. We’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

Timescales:
Call for Papers ends 1st March
First Drafts due 1st June
Book published Autumn 2013

Bypassing established publisher routes means that our ‘unbook’ can be:
*         Creative Commons licensed, giving contributors recognition and making the material immediately free and sharable online
*         Multimedia – contributors pick their preferred format: prose, video, images, Storify’d tweets, graphs, data … (print-on-demand an option for textual parts, linking to additional non-textual material via an app such as Aurasma. Details of this to be confirmed at a later date.)
*         Free of the writing conventions imposed by traditional publishers – contributors can retain their own voice, choose the length of their contribution, use whatever format they prefer

Note on licensing: We will ask authors / contributors to sign a simple agreement to allow us rights to publish their contribution and to permit others to use the contents of the book under CC licence http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/. Contributors will retain copyright over their work.
Regards
Andrew
Andrew Walsh MSc MCLIP FHEA
Academic Librarian, University Teaching Fellow, National Teaching Fellow
Music, Humanities, Media, Education and Professional Development.
Information Literacy Practitioner of the Year, 2012

 

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Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Stagnant’ at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLjxeHvvhJQ (live, at the Belle View pub, Bangor, north Wales); and at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo (new remix, and new video, 2012)

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

 

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

The Flow of Ideas: http://www.flowideas.co.uk

Rikowski Point: http://rikowskipoint.blogspot.com

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

Glenn Rikowski on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/glenn.rikowski

Online Publications at: http://www.flowideas.co.uk/?page=pub&sub=Online%20Publications%20Glenn%20Rikowski

 

 

Archive

INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH JOURNAL OF LIBRARY, INFORMATION AND ARCHIVAL STUDIES

International Research Journal of Library, Information and Archival Studies
http://www.interesjournals.org/IRJLIAS

Introducing the International Research Journal of Library, Information and Archival Studies (ISSN-2276-6502)

I am pleased to announce to you that the January 2012 issue of International Research Journal of Library, Information and Archival Studies is out. You can view it at: http://interesjournals.org/IRJLIAS/Contents/2012%20content/May.htm

Kindly support this journal by submitting your manuscripts to us. 
Kindly watch out for our September Issue that will be out soon.

The   International Research Journal of Library, Information and Archival Studies is a multidisciplinary peer-reviewed journal that will be published monthly by International Research Journals (http://interesjournals.org/IRJLIAS). IRJLIAS is dedicated to increasing the depth of the subject across disciplines with the ultimate aim of expanding knowledge of the subject.

Call for Research Articles

IRJLIAS will cover all areas of the subject. The journal welcomes the submission of manuscripts that meets the general criteria of significance and scientific excellence, and will publish:

* Original articles in basic and applied research
* Case studies
* Critical reviews, surveys, opinions, commentaries and essays

We invite you to submit your manuscript(s) to: irjlias@intersjournals.org or irjlias.submit@interesjournals.org for publication. Our objective is to inform authors of the decision on their manuscript(s) within four weeks of submission.

Following acceptance, a paper will normally be published in the next issue. Guide to authors and other details are available on our website: http://interesjournals.org/IRJLIAS/Contents/2012%20content/May.htm

IRJLIAS is an Open Access Journal

One key request of researchers across the world is unrestricted access to research publications. Open access gives a worldwide audience larger than that of any subscription-based journal and thus increases the visibility and impact of published works. It also enhances indexing, retrieval power and eliminates the need for permissions to reproduce and distribute content. IRJLIAS is fully committed to the Open Access Initiative and will provide free access to all articles as soon as they are published.

Best regards
Larry Williams
Editorial Assistant
International Research Journal of Library, Information and Archival Studies (IRJLIAS)
E-mail: irjlias@intersjournals.org or irjlias.submit@interesjournals.org
http://www.interesjournals.org

 

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‘Human Herbs’ – a new remix and new video by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Au-vyMtfDAs

‘Stagnant’ – a new remix and new video by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo  

‘The Lamb’ by William Blake – set to music by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vw3VloKBvZc

 

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

The Flow of Ideas: http://www.flowideas.co.uk

MySpace Profile: http://www.myspace.com/glennrikowski

Rikowski Point: http://rikowskipoint.blogspot.com

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

Glenn Rikowski on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/glenn.rikowski

Online Publications at: http://www.flowideas.co.uk/?page=pub&sub=Online%20Publications%20Glenn%20Rikowski

Archive

BEYOND 2.0: NEW MODELS OF INFORMATION

A Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) in Sussex Event

Thursday 19th May, 4-6pm – University of Brighton

As the web matures and Web 2.0 and social media services become embedded in our everyday lives the information world is entering a new phase. The vast quantities of data being generated by these new services, the challenges posed to traditional publishers and the plethora of new devices such as iPads and smart phones will change the work of information professionals over the coming decade.

This talk, by Dr Martin De Saulles of the University of Brighton, will outline some of the challenges as well as the opportunities for those who work with information. It will be followed by an opportunity for questions and discussion. 

Venue: Watts Building, University of Brighton, Lewes Rd, Brighton BN2 4GJ

Cost: £5 for CILIP members, £10 for non-members

Light refreshments will be available.

To book your place, contact Audrey Marshall by email: a.m.marshall@brighton.ac.uk

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‘I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Human Herbs’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2h7tUq0HjIk (live)

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

The Flow of Ideas: http://www.flowideas.co.uk

MySpace Profile: http://www.myspace.com/glennrikowski

The Ockress: http://www.theockress.com

Rikowski Point: http://rikowskipoint.blogspot.com

Books

FOUNDATIONS OF CRITICAL MEDIA AND INFORMATION STUDIES

A New Book by Christian Fuchs

Foundations of Critical Media and Information Studies. New York: Routledge. ISBN 978-0-415-58881-2. 384 pages. Rouledge Advances in Sociology No. 52, 2011

More information: http://fuchs.uti.at/books/foundations-of-critical-media-and-information-studies/

Available from the same author: “Internet and Society: Social Theory in the Information Age” (Paperback 2011) http://fuchs.uti.at/books/internet-society/

Foundations of Critical Media and Information Studies lays down foundations for the analysis of media, information, and information technology in 21st century information society, as well as introducing the theoretical and empirical tools necessary for the critical study of media and the information society.

Reasons for reading this book:
* To find out more about critical theory today: The book updates critical theory for 21st century information society.
* To acquire tools for critical analyses: The book introduces methodological and theoretical tools for studying media, information technology, and the information society in a critical way.
* To read more about a critical theory of media and the information society: The book explains the foundations of a critical theory of media, information, information technology, and the information society.
* To find out more about how power structures frame the media and the Internet: The book provides a power structure analysis of the media and the Internet.
* To engage with alternative media and the alternative Internet: The book identifies alternative potentials of the media, culture, and the Internet.

Contents

1 Introduction

PART I: Theory

2 Critical theory today
3 Critical media and information studies
4 Marx and critical media and information studies

PART II: Case studies

5 The media and information economy and the new imperialism
6 The new crisis of capitalism and the role of the media and information economy
7 Participatory web 2.0 as ideology

PART III Alternatives

8 Alternative media as critical media
9 Conclusion


Professor Christian Fuchs
Chair in Media and Communication Studies
Department of Informatics and Media
Uppsala University
Kyrkogårdsgatan 10
Box 513
751 20 Uppsala
Sweden
christian.fuchs@im.uu.se
Tel +46 (0) 18 471 1019
http://fuchs.uti.at
http://www.im.uu.se
NetPolitics Blog: http://fuchs.uti.at/blog
Editor of tripleC: http://www.triple-c.at
Book “Foundations of Critical Media and Information Studies” (Routledge 2011)
Book “Internet and Society” (Paperback, Routledge 2010)

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The Flow of Ideas: http://www.flowideas.co.uk

MySpace Profile: http://www.myspace.com/glennrikowski

The Ockress: http://www.theockress.com

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Glenn Rikowski on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/glenn.rikowski

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

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PUTTING KNOWLEDGE TO WORK AND LETTING INFORMATION PLAY

A New E-book by Jeremy Hunsinger 

See the E-book at: http://www.cddc.vt.edu/10th-book/ which is where you can download it. This book was produced for the 10th anniversary of Jeremy Hunsinger’s research center at Virginia Tech: the Center for Digital Discourse and Culture

The e-book is free in cost, free to copy, free to distribute.  The volume confronts many of the issues in contemporary academia as it meets the internet and computing in all of its sphere with many specific contributions on academic publishing, e-research, the history of the center, and related topics.

Contributions to the volume are:

Introduction
Timothy W. Luke and Jeremy Hunsinger

The Book Unbound: Reconsidering One-Dimensionality in the Internet Age
Ben Agger

Fluid Notes on Liquid Books
Gary Hall

What Can Technology Teach Us about Texts? (and Texts about Technology?)
Jean-Claude Guédon

Open Works, Open Cultures, and Open Learning Systems
Michael A. Peters

Textscapes and Landscapes: A Settler Poet Goes On-Line
Brian Opie

Reweaving the World: The Web as Digital Discourse and Culture
Timothy W. Luke

Electronic Theses and Dissertations: Progress, Issues, and Prospects
Edward A. Fox, Gail McMillan, and Venkat Srinivasan

From gunny sacks to mattress vine: notes on Douglas Engelbart, Tim O’Reilly, and the natural world
Sue Thomas

The Pleasures of Collaboration
Thom Swiss

Info-Citizens: Democracy, Expertise and Ownership in European Research Funding
Timothy W. Luke and Jeremy Hunsinger

The New River: Collected Editors’ Notes
Ed Falco, et. al.

On the Origins of the Cute as a Dominant Aesthetic Category in Digital Culture Dylan E. Wittkower Culture, Media, Globalization
Mark Poster

Barack Obama and Celebrity Spectacle
Douglas Kellner

A Short History of the Center for Digital Discourse and Culture
Jeremy Hunsinger

Digital Research and Tenure & Promotion in Colleges of Arts and Sciences: A Thought Piece
Theodore R. Schatzki

Jeremy Hunsinger
Center for Digital Discourse and Culture
Virginia Tech
http://www.tmttlt.com

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‘I believe in the afterlife.

It starts tomorrow,

When I go to work’

Cold Hands & Quarter Moon, ‘Human Herbs’ at: http://www.myspace.com/coldhandsmusic (recording) and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2h7tUq0HjIk (live)

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

The Flow of Ideas: http://www.flowideas.co.uk

MySpace Profile: http://www.myspace.com/glennrikowski

The Ockress: http://www.theockress.com
Wavering on Ether: http://blog.myspace.com/glennrikowski

Rikowski Point: http://rikowskipoint.blogspot.com

Archive

Archive

THE ARCHIVE AND EVERYDAY LIFE CONFERENCE
Call for Proposals:

”The Archive and Everyday Life” Conference
May 7-8, 2010
McMaster University

Confirmed Keynotes: Ann Cvetkovich (An Archive of Feelings: Trauma, Sexuality, and Lesbian Public Cultures), Angela Grauerholz (At Work and Play: A Web Experimentation), Ben Highmore (The Everyday Life Reader; Everyday Life and Cultural Theory), Michael O’Driscoll (The Event of the Archive)

This conference will bring together academics, advocates, artists, and other cultural workers to examine the intersecting fields of archive and everyday life theory. From Simmel through Mass Observation to contemporary Cultural Studies theorists, the objective of everyday life theory has been, as Ben Highmore writes, to “rescue the everyday from conventional habits of the mind…to attempt to register the everyday in all its complexities and contradictions.” Archive theory provides a means to explore these structures by “making the unfamiliar familiar,” hence opening the possibility of generating “new forms of critical practice.” The question of a politics of the archive is critical to the burgeoning field of archive theory. How do we begin to theorize the archive as a political apparatus? Can its effective democratization be measured by the participation of those who engage with both its constitution and its interpretation?

“Archive” is understood to cover a range of objects, from a museum’s collection to a personal photograph album, from a repository of a writer’s papers in a library to an artist’s installation of found objects. Regardless of its content, the archive works to contain, organize, represent, render intelligible, and produce narratives. The archive has often worked to legitimate the rule of those in power and to produce a historical narrative that presents class structure and power relations as both common-sense and inevitable. This function of the archive as a machine that produces History-telling us what is significant, valued, and worth preserving, and what isn’t-is enabled through an understanding of the archive as neutral and objective (and too banal and boring to be political!). The archive has long occupied a privileged space in affirmative culture, and as a result, the archive has been revered from afar and aestheticized, but not understood as a potential object of critical practice.

Can a dialogue between archive theory and everyday life theory work to “take revenge” on the archive (Cvetkovich)? If the archive works to produce historical narratives, can we seize the archive and its attendant collective consciousness as a tool for resistance in countering dominant History with resistant narratives? While the archive has worked to preserve a transcendental, “affirmative” form of culture, bringing everyday life theory into conversation with archive theory opens up the possibility of directing critical attention to both the wonders and drudgeries of the everyday. Archiving the everyday-revealing class structures and oppression on the basis of race and gender, rendering working and living conditions under global capitalism visible, audible, and intelligible-redirects us from our busyness and distractedness, and focuses our attention on that which has not been understood to be deserving of archiving. The archive provides the time and space to think through a collection of objects organized around particular set of interests. If the archive could grant us a space in which to examine everyday life, rather than sweeping it under the carpet as a trivial banality, we could begin to understand our conditions and develop the desire to change them.

How can we envision the archive as a site of ethics and/or politics? Does the archive simply represent a place to amass memory, or can it, following Benjamin, represent a site to make visible a history of the present, thus amassing fragments of the everyday, which can in turn be used to uproot the authority of the past to question the present? In short, what happens when we move beyond the archive as merely a collection and begin to theorize it as a site of constant renewal and struggle within which the past and present can come together? Furthermore, how then does the archive as an everyday practice allow us to understand or change our perception of temporality, memory, and this historical moment?

Areas of inquiry for submissions may include, but are not limited to, the following topics and questions:

* The archive both includes and excludes; it works to preserve while simultaneously doing violence. Are the acts of selection, collection, ordering, systematizing, and cataloguing inherently violent?
* The question of digitization: the internet as digital archive and the digitization of the physical archive. Digitizing the archive renders collections invisible and distant, yet increasingly searchable and quantifiable. Does the digitization of the archive reveal new ways of seeing persistent power structures? Or does it hide them?
* National and colonial archiving: questions of power and national identity. * The utopian, radical potential of the archive as well as its dystopian possibilities.
* Indigenous modes of archiving.
* Visibility and pedagogy: while the archive often works to hide, conceal, and store away, it can also reveal and display that which otherwise remains invisible. Do barriers to access restrict this emancipatory function of the archive?
* Questions of collective memory and nostalgia (for Benjamin, a retreat to a place of comfort through nostalgia is not a political act).
* The archive as revisionist history.
* The archive as a form of surveillance.
* The role of reflexivity with respect to the manner in which the archive is constructed/produced/curated.
* Function of the narrative form for the archive: how does the way in which the archive reveals its own constructedness unravel the concept of the archive as “historical truth”?
* The future of the archive: preservation and collection look forwards as well as into the past. How should we understand the hermeneutic function of the archive and the struggle over its interpretation?
* The relationship between the archive and the archivist/archon.
* Mechanisms of inclusion and exclusion in the archive: who speaks and who is spoken for?
* The affective relationship between the archive and the body.

Following the conference, we intend to publish an edited collection of essays based on the papers presented at the conference to facilitate the circulation of ideas in this exciting field of inquiry.
 
“The Archive and Everyday Life” Conference will take place 7-8 May, 2010, sponsored by the Department of English and Cultural Studies at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario (John Douglas Taylor Fund). The conference format will be diverse, including paper presentations, panels, round-table exchanges, artistic performances, and exhibitions.
We encourage individual and collaborative paper and panel proposals from across the disciplines and from artists and community members. 

Paper Submissions should include (1) contact information; (2) a 300-500 word abstract; and (3) a one page curriculum vitae or a brief bio.

Panel Proposals should include (1) a cover sheet with contact information for chair and each panelist; (2) a one-page rationale explaining the relevance of the panel to the theme of the conference; (3) a 300 word abstract for each proposed paper; and (4) a one page curriculum vitae for each presenter. 

Please submit individual paper proposals or full panel proposals via e-mail attachment by October 15, 2009 to tayconf@mcmaster.ca with the subject line “Archive.” Attachments should be in .doc or .rtf formats. Submissions should be one document (i.e. include all required information in one attached document).

Conference organizing committee: Mary O’Connor, Jennifer Pybus, and Sarah Blacker

Website: http://www.humanities.mcmaster.ca/~english/Taylor_2010/index.html

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