Archives, Activism and Social Media

21 September 2017, 15:00 - 22 September 2017, 17:00

G06/07, Faculty of English, Sidgwick Site

Archives, Activism and Social Media
Building networks for effective collaboration and ethical practice

A workshop at the University of Cambridge, supported by the AHRC and organised by the Cambridge Digital Humanities Network in collaboration with Documenting the Now project.

What does it mean for the practice of archiving when so much of the communications within, and around social movements takes place in social media and on the Web? What are the different and shared challenges faced by activists, archivists and researchers wanting to use social media and born-digital material to document social movements? Can we learn from looking at the experience of archiving social movements of the past in order to decide what to preserve from the born-digital data of the present? What are the issues of representation, access and power that impact archival work in the social media age? Can we develop more effective modes of collaboration and ethical practice among activists, archivists and academics to address these challenges?

The two day event will create a space for conversations between activists, archivists and researchers with the aim of:

- Building communities of practice around ethical and technical challenges in archiving born-digital social movement data.

- Sharing awareness of how to use specific methodologies, tools and services for producing and using archives of born digital activist material.

- Fostering cross-cultural dialogue by bringing activists and archivists from different regions of the world together for in person conversation and network building.

The event will be free of charge, but spaces are limited.

If you are an activist, archivist, researcher or developer interested in participating, please email Dr Anne Alexander with a brief statement stating who you are, any organisational or institutional affiliation and a brief explanation of why you would like to join the workshop. Please tell us if you have experiences, work or tools to share at the event. and/or questions you think we should be addressing.