CFP: Archives Vice Versa: ‘Archives in an Age of Austerity’ (18.11.15)

Archives Vice Versa: ‘Archives in an Age of Austerity’

University of Sheffield, 18th November 2015

CFP: Austerity and Advocacy RoundTable Forum

We are inviting academics, archivists and other information professionals to offer a series of short provocations concerning the policies, practices and possibilities that are shaping archival research and practice in an ‘age of austerity.’ Provocations will be followed by a Q&A and general discussion.

The ambition of this session is to address the challenges and opportunities presented to archives and archive-users by the post-2010 political and economic landscape.

Provocations should be no longer than 10 minutes and may address such topics as:

  • restructuring and reorganisation;
  • campaigns and collaborations;
  • mergers and closures;
  • maintaining access;
  • archives in the public eye;
  • shared roles and new roles;
  • the role of volunteers;
  • using, managing and maintaining archives;
  • impacts on/of archival research.

We welcome provocations from internal and external delegates who work with archives in any capacity. If you would like to contribute to this discussion please send us a brief description of the topic you would like to discuss. The deadline for expressions of interest is Friday 30th October.

Please send proposals and further enquiries to

Further event information:

This roundtable forum will be part of ‘Archives in the Age of Austerity’, the first in a new series of Archives Vice Versa events hosted by the Sheffield Centre for Archival Practices. These events are designed to facilitate discussion between academics, archivists and information professionals, exploring shared concerns from perspectives both inside and outside the academy. In addition to the roundtable forum, a postgraduate and ECR masterclass will be held in the morning (10am-12pm) dedicated to planning and budgeting an archival research trip.

Please get in touch if you would like more information about this event.

Twitter: @SheffieldCAP

About Amber Regis

Lecturer in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Co-Director of the Centre for Archival Practices, University of Sheffield, UK.

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