How to Build a Responsive Community Archive
Free event presented by Rungh Magazine
Who gets to be remembered? Who must fight not to be forgotten? Community Archives from South Asian and other communities are a unique resource for artists, scholars, and the community at large. Indispensable as sites for creating self knowledge within a community, they also offer an indispensable space for creativity and critical scholarship. And yet, community archives from traditionally/still racialized and marginalized communities are in danger of being lost due to neglect, under funding, and lack of resources. This panel will link scholars and activists who rely on the preservation of these vulnerable materials to explore intersecting histories of race, migration, power, and memory.
About the Presenters
Dr. Anne Murphy is Associate Professor in the Department of Asian Studies at the University of British Columbia and co-Director of the Centre for India and South Asia Research in the Institute of Asian Research. She is also Interim Associate Dean for Faculty and Program Development with the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies for 2018-9. Dr. Murphy’s research interests focus on early modern and modern cultural representation in Punjab and within the Punjabi Diaspora, as well as more broadly in South Asia, with particular attention to the historical formation of religious communities and special but not exclusive attention to the Sikh tradition.
Dr. Glenn Deer completed his B.A. (Honours) at the University of Alberta and his M.A. and Ph.D. at York University, Toronto. His early interests were in contemporary poetry and phenomenological poetics and he wrote his M.A. thesis on Robert Creeley. Longspoon Press published a collection of his poetry in 1982. During his Ph.D. research, after completing comprehensive exams in Renaissance Literature, Rhetoric and Critical Theory, and Canadian Literature, he began to focus on discourse studies, the rhetoric of power in narrative fiction, and postmodernism and Canadian Literature. After completing his Ph.D. at York in 1987, he joined the English Department at the University of British Columbia to teach in the areas of rhetoric and Canadian Literature. McGill-Queen’s University Press published his study of ideology and discourse in Canadian fiction in 1994, Postmodern Canadian Fiction and the Rhetoric of Authority.
Melanie Hardbattle has worked at the Simon Fraser University Library since 2009. She has served as the project coordinator for several digitization and community engagement projects, including Multicultural Canada and Komagata Maru: Continuing the Journey. A graduate of the University of British Columbia’s Master of Archival Studies program, Melanie has been active in the preservation and development of the Library’s archival collections pertaining to South Asian Canadian and Japanese Canadian history, and she has worked closely with the Library’s Japanese Canadian Blue River Road Work Camp Collection. Her research interests include the preservation and accessibility of the documentary record produced by communities not traditionally represented in institutional archives.
We acknowledge that this event is taking place on the ancestral, traditional, unceded and occupied Indigenous territories of the Coast Salish Peoples, and in particular, the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ speaking xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. This land was never surrendered, relinquished, or handed over by these Nations to Canada or British Columbia through a treaty or other means; it is sovereign and unsurrendered.
Entrance is street level with no steps at front entrance. Venue is level or gently ramped throughout. Please take the elevator to the 4th floor. Accessible washrooms are available. Eating and standing room is available. This is a scent-reduced space. Please be mindful of strong scents when attending.
Additional support for this event is generously provided by:
Banff Cenre for Arts and Creativity (Sponsor)
Full Circle First Nations Performance (Hosting Partner)
Centre for India and South Asia Research (Partner)
UBC Asian Studies (Partner)