The Truth About Archives
ASA 2016 BIENNIAL CONFERENCE
Dates: May 4 - 7, 2016
Location: Coast Canmore Hotel & Conference Centre, Canmore, Alberta
Keynote Speaker: Greg Bak, Master's Program in Archival Studies, Department of History, University of Manitoba
History, and by extension the archival endeavour, is rarely as straightforward as it seems. Deliberately or not, archivists construct historical narratives when they build collections, connect information, and provide access. Archivists’ decisions, practices, and even mandates are ethical issues as archivists shape how archival materials are perceived and determine which records are collected. The activities of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, along with Thomas King’s book, “The Truth About Stories,” have inspired the 2016 ASA Conference.
The conference wishes to explore how seemingly innocuous archival decisions can create challenges in revealing stories that have been ignored, underrepresented or buried. The conference hopes to examine how archives and archivists shape historical narratives and how archival work affects the “truth.” We are interested in how archives, archivists, and other stakeholders in historical research approach the idea of “truth” in archival records, in how records are used, why they are used, how they are organized, and how this can help to create, distort, or correct historical narratives.
For detailed program information, please see our 2016 Conference Program.
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