“Navigating the Web of Community: Archivists and the Ethics of Care”
The Program Committee is now accepting proposals for the 2018 SNCA conference at Duke University located in Durham, North Carolina on March 14-16, 2018. Workshops will be held on Wednesday, March 14, with the conference held on Thursday and Friday, March 15-16.
The archives conversation is shifting from thinking about the archivist as a neutral keeper of the records, and is developing more nuanced understandings and strategies to encourage archivists to bring their full selves to work. The unique contexts and personalities of archivists enable us to develop relationships with communities to collect, document, provide outreach, and engage archives in conversations for a wide range of representation. Michelle Caswell and Marika Cifor write, “In a feminist ethics approach, archivists are seen as caregivers, bound to records creators, subjects, users, and communities through a web of mutual affective responsibility.” (“From Human Rights to Feminist Ethics: Radical Empathy in the Archives,” Archivaria, vol. 82, 23-43.) Using Caswell and Cifor’s feminist ethics of care approach to archives, this year’s SNCA conference will center around the role of interpersonal relationships in archives work, the importance of radical empathy in working with various communities, and how these concepts can inform a justice-oriented approach to archives.
The Committee invites proposals that are related to, but not limited to, the following:
- How archivists approach work with vulnerable and/or under-documented communities
- How archivists describe and provide access to their collections
- How archivists curate workplace environments, and how this impacts professional diversity
- How archivists determine or influence the role archives will play in communities
We invite panel and lightning round proposals, individually or as a group, and poster proposals:
- Panel and lightning rounds proposals: Each speaker should provide a 150 word abstract of their proposed topic. Panel sessions consist of 3-4 speakers who will each have 15-20 minutes to present. Lightning rounds include more speakers with less time for each, usually 5-10 minutes. This format may be submitted by an individual speaker interested in joining a panel or lightning round.
- Poster proposals: Please submit a 150 word abstract for your proposed topic.
The Committee invites submissions that reflect the diverse experiences and perspectives of those active in the field. Any individual involved in archives–including staff, volunteers, researchers, donors, academics, and allied professionals–should feel welcome to submit proposals. Students and new professionals are particularly encouraged to submit. Speakers are not required to be SNCA members. More details about the conference including location, lodging, and pre-conference workshops, will be shared when available.
Submission deadline is midnight Friday, December 22, 2017