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300 days of detention for Fariba Adelkhah – 300 jours de détention pour Fariba Adelkhah

Nous sommes confinés depuis 20 jours. Fariba Adelkhah, chercheuse au Centre de recherches internationales de Sciences Po Paris, est en prison depuis 300 jours en Iran. En affichant son visage sur le site des institutions universitaires et des équipes de recherche d’Europe et d’ailleurs, nous voulons manifester le soutien de la communauté scientifique et inciter le gouvernement à tout mettre en œuvre pour sa libération. Fariba est en danger. Nous devons agir d’urgence pour elle !


Fariba is in danger. We must act urgently for her!

We’ve been in lockdown for 20 days. Fariba Adelkhah, a researcher at the International Research Centre of Sciences Po Paris, has been in prison for 300 days in Iran. By posting her face on the websites of academic institutions and research teams in Europe and elsewhere, we want to show the support of the scientific community and urge the French government to do everything possible to secure her release.

Comité de soutien :

Photographie à la une prise sur le site du comité de soutien de Fraiba Adelkhah et photogrpahie dans le billet réalisée par Stéphanie Samper. Diffusées avec leurs aimables autorisations.

Law, ethics and fieldwork: how are research practices changing?

In the social sciences and humanities (SSH), researchers’ methods to record,  photograph and film during fieldwork are modified in the last decades by taking into account legal and ethical issues: European and French laws, research funding policies and various calls for project more and more systematically require the signature of agreements for the use of the data produced; More and more institutions are setting up ethics committees to establish rules governing the funding they receive; Witnesses  or informants want to know and understand what will be done with their image and their voice and what has become of the old recordings; Interviewees’ communities want to be able to exploit the films or recordings from a heritage point of view; Artists increasingly take possession of archival material for their creations… The demand for multidisciplinarity has also greatly impacted research methods, and several practices are now being used in SSH disciplines as a result of two influences: the health sector, with the model of informed consent, and the revolution brought by digital technologies in the area of data management (data gathering, formats, volume, etc.). Continuer la lecture de Law, ethics and fieldwork: how are research practices changing?

Sites of memory: oral history project in Jordan

This #WorldDayForAudiovisualHeritage, Sites of Memory presents memories and personal testimonies about places of importance to modern Jordanian history.  Carving up a space for dissonance and incoherency, the exhibition is an invitation to consider the role of the aural in the construction of historical narratives and rethink the representation of “the event” in relation to various sites across the country1.

The exhibition is the final public event of the research project Our Memory which is jointly realized by the Goethe-Institut, the Institut français de Jordanie (IFJ), the Institut français du Proche Orient (Ifpo), the National Library of Jordan as well as the University of Yarmouk (YU), the University of Mutah, the University Hussein Bin Talal and the University of Jordan. Realized as part of the Cultural Heritage Days in Jordan, the exhibition was made possible with a fund from EUNIC and the EU. The project “Our Memory” received funding from the Franco-German Cultural Fund.

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  1. Ali Pasha Abdyeh Street (Mafraq), Al-Muqariya Village (Shobak- Ma’an), Sheikh Rashid Mosque (Al-Ramtha- Irbid), The Duke’s Diwan (Amman), Palace of Al – Alali – Kleib Shreyda Palace (Tubnah- Irbid), Ma’an Stream (Ma’an), Castle Street (Al-Karak), Old Ma’an Market (Ma’an), Al Rawsha Cafe (Al-Zarqa), Diwan Al Majali (Al-Karak), Diwan Methqal (Um Al Amad, Amman). []

Alpes de Lumière’s inventory of Provence dry stone sheds

The “Bories” operation was launched in 1956 by Alpes de Lumière, an association working on the preservation of the natural and cultural heritage of the region of Haute-Provence in south-eastern France, created by Pierre Martel. The use of paper cards as datasheets is a substantial practice in Pierre Martel’s process of documentation and promotion of the lower Alps territory.

The inventory aspect of the association’s work was central since its beginnings. The aim of mapping the heritage of the territory was to promote a revival of its rich cultural legacy while the region was highly affected by the desertification of its inhabitants, its economical activities and its cultural facilities during the fifties.

Filing index cards was one of Pierre Martel’s constant concern, who used to document each of his own discoveries on heavy paper cards. Continuer la lecture de Alpes de Lumière’s inventory of Provence dry stone sheds

Rushes : appel à contribution – call for contribution

Appel à contribution : numéro spécial sur les rushes pour Bulletin de l’AFAS. Sonorités – Call for contributions : special issue about rushes for Bulletin de l’AFAS. Sonorités

Authors are invited to contribute to a future issue of the journal Bulletin de l’AFAS.Sonorités dedicated to rushes of documentary films (cinema or television), their transformation into archives and their use by researchers in the Humanities and Social Sciences. The Editorial Board particularly welcomes studies based on one or more collections of oral testimonies that have been filmed, archived, documented andmade accessible. Continuer la lecture de Rushes : appel à contribution – call for contribution

The Archive of Luisa Orrù, thinking of archiving

The Historical Archive of the University of Cagliari (whose director is Cecilia Tasca) has recently received an important sound archive by Luisa Orrù among its funds. This anthropologist was born in Sardinia in 1944 and she studied Sardinian Linguistics at the University of Cagliari. After her Master degree, she started teaching in middle school and, in 1974, she became History of Popular Traditions assistant professor with the supervision of Enrica Delitala. She later started collaborating with the anthropologist Pietro Clemente and participated in collecting biographical material on Tuscanian women. In 1982 she started interviewing Sardinian women as part of her study on  reproductive cycles. In 1986 she successfully became associate professor of Cultural Anthropology at the University of Cagliari and continued her research. Luisa Orrù died in 1998, due to her illness.

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Dive into Europeana to listen to the sea

In December, the Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS) present music and sound archive collections, picked up from the following centres : Centre de recherche en ethnomusicologie (CREM), the Centre de Recherche sur l’Espace Sonore et l’environnement urbain (CRESSON) and from the phonothèque de la Maison Méditerranéenne des Sciences de l’Homme (MMSH). Continuer la lecture de Dive into Europeana to listen to the sea

A Matera, les archives nourrissent la création… conférence internationale 11-12 septembre 2017

International Conference / Conferenza internazionale
Conférence internationale
Food for Art
Archives as driver for 2019 creative communities
Archivi come nutrimento per le comunità creative del 2019
Les archives nourrissent les communautés créatives en 2019
Matera, Casa Cava – 11/12 09-2017

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Reviving the sound archives of Tanzania

In Tanzania, since 2011, a project is raising to highlight Tanzania’s historical memory relating to the African Liberation Heritage. To safeguard and ensure the preservation of endangered public archives in Tanzania, most institutions are promoting its heritage for present and future generations sustained by the UNESCO and European Community.

Sound archives are essential to transmit the vitality, memory and oral history through the voices of the country. This heritage archive reflects the diversity of languages, cultural identities and culture of Tanzania. Continuer la lecture de Reviving the sound archives of Tanzania

Five steps to a good “sound archive recipe”

It’s more than two years since the MMSH Sound Archives Team1 started to publish recipes on its scholarly blog Les carnets de la phonothèque from records in the field. At the beginning it was mostly a question of highlighting archives rarely used or unknown…

The MMSH Sound Archive Center ‘Phonothèque’2 It  holds more than 8000 hours of sound archives and more than 6000 hours have been digitized and are presented in an online catalogue3 ; around 3000 hours of sound recordings are directly accessible online. As we wished to highlight part of these collections, we choose to write posts about sound archives topics and of course, recipes was simple to choose: short playing, precise topic, organized with a beginning and an end. So, since November 2014, we publish (ed )every last Monday of the month a recipe linked to a field recording research by an anthropologist, a historian, a sociologist; 27 so far, so…

What is a good “sound archive recipe”?
Actually the recipes-madness has caught us! Each time a new archive collection is deposited at the MMSH Sound Archive Center, there is a question on all our minds: will there be a good sound archive recipe in it? By the way, the  Recipes Project prompts us to ask ourselves a challenging question: What is a good sound archive recipe? Here is the answer in 5 steps: Continuer la lecture de Five steps to a good “sound archive recipe”

  1. Mathilde Bresc, documentalist, suggests us every month a recipe picked up in  Ganoub, the sound archive database and editorialize it. []
  2. The Phonothèque is an archival research center, created at the end of the 1970’s by Philippe Joutard, a contemporary historian, and Jean-Claude Bouvier, a specialist in ethnic dialects, both wishing not only to preserve their recordings and to have field interviews published, but also seeked to make their sources available for the general public. When the sound archive center was integrated in the “Maison méditerranéenne des sciences de l’homme” (MMSH) in 1997 it opened to all the Humanities and Social Sciences with a focus on the Mediterranean area. []
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