Global #Cyberfeminist #Archiving

An exciting next step from the global Women’s March comes in the form of the “Women’s March on Washington Archives Project”; a global participatory project led by archivists from the SAA Women Archivists Section (WArS) to evidence and capture the events of 21 Jan 2017. The aim is to build a global digital resource sharing and preserving materials. This project is aligned with [DWAN]’s cyberfeminist archiving activity. As such, we’ll be supporting the project and collaborating with other UK archivists/ archives/ heritage orgs to support the project – digitizing the wonderful placards and collecting imagery (with consent) and oral testimony from those who marched!! This will be MASSIVE in terms of a process of global feminist archiving – probably the largest ever undertaken … and hugely exciting!!! Watch this space, and in the meantime follow the project here: @WMWArchivesProj #Solidarity

[DWAN] @ Wonder Women 2017

“Whose Festival is it Anyway?”

 Manchester Central Library, Manchester, 11 March 2017, 4pm, Free entry

Near the close of the 2017 festival Digital Women’s Archive North [DWAN] and Instigate Arts will bring together key contributing artists, producers, curators and groups who have featured in Wonder Women in a panel discussion explore the role of the festival as a mode of disruptive activism and archiving. It will look forward the festival in 2018 and ask how it might evolve to be a distinctive Manchester tribute to the first votes for women – and support creative practitioners with a feminist ethos. Starts 4pm

https://www.creativetourist.com/event/whose-festival-is-it-anyway/

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Workshops

We’re thrilled by the wonderful response to our call out to participate in the community workshops for Creating a Digital Women’s Archive, hosted at Archives+, Manchester Central Library. Women and men representing various organisations, archives and heritage spaces, and independent artists, offered a range of inspiring ideas in response to 5 key questions: 1.) What are the opportunities for digital to add value to archives and heritage? 2.) How could you, or your organisation, use or contribute to the Archive for women’s heritage, culture, campaigns and activism? 3.) Your interests – key themes/words 4.) Do you have a BIG idea for the Archive? 5.) What can be specifically Feminist about the Archive?

The R&D research group will meet at MadLab for a final full-day “hack” on 17 November, bringing together the ideas of the group and feedback and responses from the community workshops. Here we will map out the key functions the Archive towards developing a design, and draft a plan for sustainability and next steps. #FeministArchiving #Cyberfeminism #wmnhistories #livingheritage

Feminism and Museums: Call for Papers

We invite international submissions for our forthcoming book, Feminism and Museums: Intervention, Disruption and Change, which we’ll be publishing next year (2017) and which will be edited by Dr Jenna Ashton (Manchester Metropolitan University/ Digital Women’s Archive North). You can download the full Call for Papers here. The closing date for proposals is MONDAY 21 NOVEMBER 2016.

Feminism and Museums: Intervention, Disruption and Change will bring together case studies and analyses of recent feminist actions, interventions and disruptions which aim to directly impact and influence collecting, interpretation and engagement activities in museums, galleries and heritage organisations. The aims of the publication are:

  1. To encourage and facilitate feminist practice by sharing examples of success and positive experience in the museum and heritage sector.  
  2. To evaluate the impact and results of feminist practices and actions in the museum and heritage sector.

SUBMISSIONS
We welcome international proposals for both (longer) chapters and (briefer) case studies from museum, gallery and heritage professionals, academics and researchers. Proposals from those with practical experience of assessing and evaluating outcomes in this field are particularly welcome, as are contributions which present the practical experience of innovative programmes, or the results of the impact of new initiatives. 

Aspects of interest include – but are not limited to – innovations and successes in any of the following areas:

  1. Curatorial and collecting decisions and initiatives
  2. Positive innovations in the fields of management, marketing, interpretation, exhibitions, digital, outreach and other key aspects of museum and heritage work.
  3. Successful changes to institutional structures, policies or practices
  4. The discovery and presentation of hidden herstories
  5. Positive engagement with voluntary or activist women’s organisations
  6. The impact of organisations founded or managed on a feminist ethos
  7. Artist interventions

SUBMITTING A PROPOSAL
If you are interested in being considered as a contributor, please submit a proposal and a short biography (in Microsoft Word format). Proposals should be 300-500 words in length and biographies 100-200 words.

You can propose to submit either a chapter or a case study. Chapters will be 4000-6000 words in length. Case studies will be 1000-2000 words. The inclusion of images is encouraged. Please prepare your proposal with these parameters in mind. The work should not have been published elsewhere and all contributions must be submitted in English – translation services will not be provided.

The deadline for proposals is Monday 21 November 2016. Please email your proposal to both the editor: jca.curator@gmail.com and the publishers: proposals@museumsetc.com. Any queries in advance of submission should be sent to the editor.

Feminism and Museums will be published by MuseumsEtc in print and digital editions in 2017.

http://museumsetc.com/blogs/magazine/feminism-and-museums-call-for-papers

Creating a Digital Women’s Archive

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Creation of the Digital Women’s Archive is in full swing! Supported by Arts Council England and the Ida Carroll Trust, we have brought together an exciting group of approx. 20 researchers made up of artists, curators, archivists, archives and digital technologists all exploring new models and approaches for the creative digital curation of women’s archives, collections and digital spaces. MadLab is our arts-technology partner on the project. This is the first stage of building the Archive.

Now we need YOU to collaborate in this research process!

Come and listen to what we’ve been up to and share **your** thoughts on how you, or your organisation, could use or contribute to the Archive for women’s heritage, culture, campaigns and activism.

Workshops will take place on three separate dates, each with a slightly different audience focus – so please select the most appropriate for you:

3 Nov 1-3.30pm: women artists

4 Nov 1-3.30pm: women’s services & voluntary sector

7 Nov 10-12.30pm: heritage & community archives

BOOK HERE: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/creating-a-digital-womens-archive-tickets-27791372744

#CyberFeminism #FeministArchiving

FAQs

Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?

dwarchivenorth@gmail.com

It starts …

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Mon 5 Sept is DWAN’s first team meeting with artists for planning our Hack the Archive events in collaboration with MadLab, digital creatives, artists, curators and women’s community groups. Watch this space for more updates coming soon, and opportunities to participate and contribute to the project.

Generously supported by Arts Council England and the Ida Carroll Trust.

Listen Again …

….. to founding Director Dr Jenna Ashton on North Manchester FM106.6, discussing projects around women’s social isolation, health, food, and the very popular (and ongoing!) #HairStories project: https://www.mixcloud.com/bassajamba/dr-jenna-aston-from-digital-womens-archive-north-dwan/

Also listen to Ruqia Allan from North Manchester Black Health Forum, discussing their collaboration with us and with Ms. Sheila Fidler (Human Communication & Deafness, University of Manchester): https://www.mixcloud.com/bassajamba/north-manchester-black-health-forum/