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Symposium! "Archives Against Amnesia: Archives, Evidence, and Social Justice" (March 1-3, 2018)

Against Amnesia logo with large text against a background of hundreds of abandoned backpacks, which is an image from an exhibit by Jason De León of migrant backpacks salvaged from Arizona’s arid southern border

Starting tomorrow (3/1) and running until March 3rd, 2018. the University of Iowa will hold a symposium on "Archives Against Amnesia: Archives, Evidence, and Social Justice." On the event website, the organizers describe the event as below:

"We often picture archives as rare documents and artifacts—precious and too often unseen collections that preserve our history. But increasingly, concerned citizens, as well as professionals, find themselves desperately grasping the present—tweets, websites, sounds, smells, blood, and bodies—before it vanishes or is furtively swept away. Archives expose past actions that buttress our current crises and hand us tools to dismantle barriers to justice.

In our symposium and linked events, practicing archivists, engaged scholars, and interdisciplinary artists will share projects from creating “data refuges” of climate data to mining corporate records for evidence of organized violence. Join us for three days of lectures, panels, film screenings, and exhibits."

- Archives Against Amnesia website

Please note: some of the events will be livestreamed, including keynotes from Trudy Huskamp Peterson, Chair of the International Council on Archives’ Human Rights Working Group, and William Pretzer, Senior Curator of History at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture!

Follow along on Twitter over the next few days with the hashtag #UIArch18 for more information.

See the full symposium schedule here or via the mobile app Guidebook.

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