CFP: Archives Vice Versa: ‘Preservation and Rot’ (07.07.16)

Archives Vice Versa: ‘Preservation and Rot’

University of Sheffield, 7th July 2016

John Carr Design Suite
Portobello Centre, Mappin Street

We are delighted to invite you to the second of our Archives Vice Versa events in 2015-16.


Invited speaker:
Professor Jane Winters
Professor of Digital History and Head of Publications
Institute of Historical Research, University of London

Join us for a discussion of ‘Preservation and Rot’. We invite a series of short provocations or position papers that respond to policies, practices and challenges – past, present and future – that inform and affect archival conservation, preservation, digitisation and access.

Provocations should be no longer than 10 minutes. Topics may include (but are not limited to):

• Preservation/conservation/digitisation practices and priorities
• Open and closed access
• Error
• Omission and exclusion
• Loss and destruction
• Obsolescence
• In/efficiencies and profit
• Rot, ‘real’ and digital

We welcome position papers from delegates who work with archives in any capacity. If you would like to contribute to this discussion, please send us a brief description (c. 100 words) of your proposed topic. The deadline for expressions of interest is Friday 17th June.

Please send proposals and further enquiries to

Further event information:

This roundtable forum is part of ‘Preservation and Rot’, the second 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 conservation, preservation and digitisation — details to be announced.

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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