Tradition archives engage and integrate various persons, initiatives, and purposes. Researchers and archivists design and envisage the collection and preservation of information, following established aims, standards, and traditions for collecting and long-term preservation of cultural knowledge. In addition, the requirements and perspectives of historical momentum within an ideological framework, social expectations, and cultural backgrounds, influence the formation of archival collections. Individual approaches, initiatives, and aims of the persons engaged shape the processes and choices. The use of archival collections, in turn, depends on the choices made during the collecting and organisation processes and on the value attributed to specific knowledge at different times. Accessibility, openness, dissemination, and research of the archival materials are under the influence of the relevant historical circumstances. An aspirational role and value of an archive is to offer a neutral space for the safeguarding of currently sensitive or unacceptable material, from the present into the future. The long-term nature of archives arguably makes the people responsible for organizing the collecting activities into the position of seers – the archives are meant to respond to the interests and needs not only of the people of the present time, but also of the future. Time and space influence the different needs and expectations of archive users.
In this conference, we invite archivists and scholars of folkloristics and other disciplines to discuss the initiatives and influences that shape the movement of knowledge through archives. Suggestions include, but are not limited to, the following questions and topics:
- Who needs archives and why? Do archives meet public needs and expectations? What is the value of archives for researchers?
- What are archives good for? What are the tasks and mission of tradition archives and folkloristics in society?
- What frameworks and processes have influenced or influence the in- and outflow of knowledge in archives? What is the role of archives and individuals in directing these flows?
- How do archival collections reflect the cultural and ideological processes in society?
- What impact has the digital world on the nature of knowledge collected and disseminated by archives, and on related processes and policies? How does technology empower the flow of knowledge, and what are the drawbacks and dangers? Could we teach technology to recognise and collect ‘folklore in the making’?
- How do archives create trust – wherein lies the borderline of open access and availability of information on the one hand, and protection of sensitive information on the other hand?
Conference fee is EUR 35. Please submit your paper proposals by April 7, 2017 to firstname.lastname@example.org, including the name and affiliation of the participant(s), and the title and abstract of the presentation (up to 300 words). Acceptance notifications will be sent by May 5.
Ave Goršič, Risto Järv, Mari Sarv
Estonian Folklore Archives
Estonian Literary Museum
Vanemuise 42, Tartu 51003