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The Wood and the Trees: Into the archives in the age of digital abundance

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De Montfort University

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LE2 7HU

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M4C-funded, postgraduate and staff archival research training and networking day.

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FREE EVENT however booking is essential. Places limited. Please notify organisers if you can no longer attend.

Entry includes free lunch. Please notify event organisers re any special dietary requirement

10 x £50 travel bursaries available to attendees currently studying for a Masters or a PhD, courtesy of M4C. To find out more email ellen.wright@dmu.ac.uk

Co-organised by De Montfort University and University of Leicester, this M4C-funded doctoral and staff research training and networking day is an interdisciplinary event curated specifically for arts and humanities PhD and MA students from across the M4C area, as well as research-focused third year undergraduates who are interested in postgraduate study.

The event is focused upon discussing, learning and trying out archival research methods and will draw upon the unique collections and expertise shared by scholars, archivists and librarians at De Montfort University, the University of Leicester and external institutions, the Media Archive of Central England (MACE).

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As well as introducing attendees to a range of appropriate research methodologies and disseminating applied advice about archival practice for arts and humanities researchers, the programme will feature keynote contributions from Clare Watson (Media Archive of Central England) as well as a talk from Llewella Chapman (University of East Anglia, International Association for Media and History), and specially-designed workshops by external agencies outside of higher education and academic research (NE Lincolnshire libraries) and academic and special collections staff and post-doctoral researchers from University of Leicester and Special Collections and CATHI (Cinema and Television History research Institute) staff from De Montfort University.

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The day will offer insights into the politics and practicalities of archival researching and research technique, as well as broader methodologies and debates, with workshops focussed around physical and digital collections spanning film, television, literature, theatre and performance, local history, journalism, education, and post-colonial studies.

The common theme and intellectual challenge that will run through the day is that posed by digital abundance, as more collections are made available online. This debate is inspired by the work of Ian Milligan (2019): History in the Age of Abundance? How the web is transforming historical research (McGill- Queens University Press). Milligan argues that web-based historical sources and their archives present extraordinary opportunities as well as daunting technical and ethical challenges for historians. He also considers the implications of the size and scale of digital sources, which amount to more information than historians have ever had at their fingertips, and many of which are by and about people who have traditionally been absent from the historical record. Scrutinising the concept of the web and the mechanics of its archives, Milligan explains how these new media challenge, reshape, and enrich both the historical profession and the historical record. This event will examine many of these issues.

Read a review of Milligan's work here:

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