Forum on alternative archival practices, Beyrouth, 14 & 15 décembre 2018

ACSS is a regional, independent, non-profit organization, dedicated to strengthening social science research and knowledge production in the Arab world which is organizing today and tomorrow an inventive forum in Beyrouth. Following on twitter : #AlternativeArchivesDownload the program in arabic and english

14 décembre 2018

Introduction : Fadi Bardawil (CoP), Deema Kaedbay (CoP), Stemey Shami (ACSS) Alternative archival methodologies :  What makes an archival practice “alternative”? Is it the oppositional nature of its content and the subaltern position of the people it document, or the methodology of collecting and processing the material? This panel will unpack the notion of an alternative archival practice and will look at the ways in which the archival process itself – pertaining to collection development, methodology and management – can impact the archive’s position within these structures and narratives. Speakers : Hodda Elsada – Women and Memory Forum (Egypt), [Kaoukab Chebaro – Palestinian oral history archives > absent], Ohamed Dibo – Syria Untold, Moderator ;  Hana Seliman (CoP). Archiving absence and Loss:  How can archives reconstruct lost lands and suppressed narratives? What is possible to be archived? This panel reflects on how initiatives are using multiple mediums, from maps to sounds, to archive loss and to remember stories of erased lands and the communities that lived on them. Speakers: Ahmad Barclay – Palestine Open Maps, Alia Mossallam (Iky Ya Tarikh – Cairo EUME Fellow of Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung Berlin ; Moderator: Kristine Khoury (researcher). Roundable on Ethics and Decisions on Publishing and LicensingWhose histories do these archives represent and how do they open up, foreclose, produce and limit possible readings of the past or present? In situation where the information collected and narrated might be appropriated, potentially endangering people, how do we address the constellation of ethical politics that such practices produce? How do we navigate the ethical considerations required for photographs, social media screenshots, audio or film versus text? And qhat about intellectual property, privacy, legal or security concerns? What kind of constext or metadata should be included to allow for complex, varied and fair interpretations of the collected materials? ; Moderator: Muneira Hoballah (CoP)

15 décembre 2018

Roundtable on Archival Platforms and Infrastructure: This roundtable will reflect on the technical aspects of archiving such as: what kind of platforms are being used by initiatives, what are the decisions, including questions of accessibility and usability that go into choosing a platform? What are the existing digital infrastructure that are available to initiatives working on alternative archives in the region? Speaker: Marc Mouarkech (Arab image foundation) ; Moderator: Omnia El-Shakry (CoP) Archiving Ephemera: Can archiving the everyday challenge dominant discourses? How can archiving that which is overlooked become an expression of oppressed or erased historical, social, and cultural narratives? How can expanding the notion of what is “worth” archiving contribute to the production of a new kind of knowledge? Looking at the intellectual and artistic expressions of the Syrian revolution, the model of an Arab wiki-gender, and ephemera in Arabic on Palestine, the presentations address how the very question of what is to be archived and how it is archived can generate change both in the present and for the future. Speakers: Fara Barqawi (wiki gender), Bashar Kaddo (Creative Memory of the Syrian Revolution), Hatem Tahhan (Khazaaen) ; Moderator: Toufoul Abou Hodeib (CoP) Putting archives to Work: How are archives being mobilized as political tools towards social justice? This panel explores some of the goals of archiving initiatives, whether it is changing political systems or changing mainstream or state-sponsored discourse. The presentations will address how activist groups are using archives in their struggles for transitional justice, in legal testimonies, for documenting their resistance, and for producing counter-narratives and alternative histories that are more inclusive of women and of communities that have been historically marginalized. Speakers: Khansa Mikada-Zhidi (Archive of the Tunisian Revolution), Salma Shamed (Archive 858), Sara Abou Ghazal (Knowledge workshop), Mohamed Haj Hussein (Dawlaty) ; Moderator: Samer Frangie (CoP) Roundtable on Archives and Questions of Power: In what ways can archival practices be critical of power? If so, what are the powers they are critical of? And how to we envisage critical practice, say as oppositional, commemorative, resistant, revolutionary? Moderator: Fadi Bardawill (CoP) Lieu  Antwork, Beyrouth Contact:  info@theacss.org Website: http:www.theacss.org Crédits photographiques : prise de vue de la salle de conférence du forum, 14 décembre 2019, V. Ginouvès, CC-0.

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