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Research Symposium

Research Symposium, Archives: the Ethics of Keeping

Tuesday 26 July 2016, 9am–12.30pm
Venue: Powerhouse Museum, 500 Harris Street, Ultimo

‘Archives: the ethics of keeping’ explores central and sometimes difficult topics concerning judgments and the place of the archive in contemporary society. In this symposium, speakers question and reconceptualise the idea of the archive. They will interrogate and upend understandings and practices of access, control, agency, power, choice, including the act of repurposing in the creative process. Private, public, cultural, legal, factual, interpreted and other categorisations of the archive are discussed by a series of experts offering different ways of thinking. How are cultural institutions and others addressing these ethical issues and taking the idea of the archive into a new era?

This symposium is held in partnership with the State Library of NSW.

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  • Professor Kathy Bowrey, Faculty of Law, UNSW
  • Agatha Gothe-Snape, Artist
  • Jo Holder, Director and Curator, Cross Art Projects
  • Kirsten Thorpe, Archivist and Manager of the Indigenous Services Branch, SLNSW
  • Tilly Boleyn, Curator, MAAS

The full program will be available in June.

The fourth in the MAAS Professional Series, this symposium aims to foster an open and creative dialogue between museum professionals, providing the opportunity to network, share information and develop a collaborative approach to addressing important issues facing the museum sector.

For enquiries, please contact Sharon Dickson, +61 (02) 9217 0192 or sharon.dickson@maas.museum

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