Invitation to contribute to IF Collected Works & Volume

We are delighted to invite the Imagining Futures projects to contribute a piece of your work, individually or as a team, towards one or more of the following interlinked publications, which will make up the IF Collected Works:

Volume A: Edited Collection of Peer Reviewed Papers 5000-7500 words (excluding footnotes).

Volume B: Project Case Studies, Knots & Challenges equivalent to 500 – 2000 words, Images etc.

Volume C: Words into Action – Guide for Egalitarian Archival Practices 500-2000 words

Editorial Team: Howayda Al-Harithy, Ceri Ashley, Mick Finch, Kodzo Gavua, Elena Isayev, Jairo Melo-Flórez, Aoife O’Leary McNeice, Tawny Paul, Nancy Rushohora.
With editorial support: Edwar Hanna, Valence Meriki, Louisa Minkin, Orhun Uğur, Liz Wright. Others TBC

All Expressions of Interest (see details under each Volume) to be sent by 29 September 2023

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This call is open to all IF partners. The multi-volume nature of the collection is intended to reflect the diversity of the work being done across the IF network, and designed to speak to a variety of audiences and stakeholders who will engage with it. The details of each volume are below:

Volume A: Edited Peer-Reviewed Collection / Special Journal Issue:

Expression of Interest Volume A: If you want to contribute please send: 250 word abstract

The edited collection will be structured around exploring the past, present and future of archival practices, situating IF projects within a wider conversation about egalitarian archival practices. Contributors are encouraged to submit a chapter that considers archives and related practices in their widest sense – whether theoretical, methodological, reviews of the field. These can focus on but not be limited to subjects of IF’s Core Mission:

  1. To support modes of archival practice that allow for co-existence and recognition of different experiences of the past through dialogues across generations, gender, class and stakeholders.
  2. To stretch the meaning of archive by incorporating a range of tangible and intangible materials and practices, including from the visual arts.
  3. To explore how archival practices can expose shared pasts as well as a diversity of community experiences across historical and current time and space.
  4. To articulate the potential power of archival practice, its impact, and modes of egalitarian practice that can feed into shaping policies and actions.
  5. To critically assess the role of institutions, as both bridges and gate-keepers, within a wider landscape of archival practice.
  6. To critically assess existing policies and practices in relation the archival process – broadly defined – and propose ways of addressing gaps, oversights and harmful practices.
  7. To create and highlight innovative tools and modes of archival practices – past or present – including digital technologies, taxonomic frameworks, curatorial methods and data deposition and accessibility protocols.

This collection will be Peer Reviewed and published Open Access, Publisher to be confirmed. Contributions should be 5000 – 7000 words (excluding footnotes)


Volume B: Archival Conversations: Cases, Themes, Knots, Challenges

Expression of Interest Volume B: If you want to contribute please send:
Title of Contribution & 100 words description, indicating its form – text, video, audio, image

Volume B will be structured around the themes, knots and challenges emerging from the IF projects (see examples of some of the Themes in the List below). Contributors are invited to write a short reflection on themes and findings – including knots, challenges experienced in their own work, and presenting case-studies or stories that speak to them. Whether in text form or by other means.

These will be internally peer reviewed and published on a rolling basis digitally, linking to the repository where appropriate. When all the contributions have been received, it will be published as an open access, easily shareable pdf document.

• Contributions should be 500 – 2000 words + Images and other media.


Volume C: Words into Actions for Egalitarian archival Practices

Expression of Interest Volume C: If you want to contribute please send:
Title of Contribution & 100 words description & in what contexts would this be most useful

The aim of volume is to gather the expertise and experience of the IF network, and produce a practical, accessible document that can be used in the future by other groups engaging in egalitarian archival practices. This draws on your own practice and knowledge that you would be keen to share about egalitarian archival practices (providing links for any existing resources). Examples may be:

  1. Recognising and acknowledging knowledge holders in initiatives
  2. Carrying out oral history interviews ethically
  3. Tipsforcataloguing/databasecreation/metadata
  4. Advice on digitisation – when applicable when not
  5. Grantapplicationsforcollectiveinitiatives
  6. Basicarchivalphotography
  7. Challenging overwriting and erasure and dominant narratives
  8. Opening Institutional and Public spaces and Collections
  9. …. And many others you will know about best from your projects.

These will be internally peer reviewed and published as a physical booklet – with enough copies to be distributed to all team members and anyone who would find it useful, that will also exist in a digital Open Access format as a PDF, with potential for additional ‘tools’ and expertise to be added.

• Contributions should be 500 – 2000 words + Images and other media.

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Themes that have so far emerged from IF projects…

  • Access to Institutional Archives
  • Archival Authority/truth
  • Art and Archives
  • Balancing different needs (privacy vs publicity etc)
  • Care
  • Climate Change
  • Colonisation
  • Competing archival stories
  • Displacement
  • Egalitarian digital archival practices
  • Embodied Archives
  • Emotion
  • Ethics around gathering information
  • Extractivism
  • Feminist archival practices
  • Forgetting and remembering
  • Gaps/holes
  • Horizontal relationships
  • Intangible Heritage
  • Intergenerational exchange
  • Legacies of violence
  • Legacy & preservation in digital archive practices
  • Living archives
  • Performance
  • Place
  • Positionality
  • Post-Disaster response
  • Relationships between researchers & communities
  • Remembering and Forgetting
  • Repatriation
  • Space
  • Time
  • Translation
  • Violence and Trauma