Preservation as Subversion
Do grassroots archives have a future?
Grassroots archives play a valuable role in what has been called “the battle of memory”.
Mainstream media and institutions of power consign inconvenient histories, struggles, and alternative visions to what George Orwell called “the memory hole.”
People’s history projects such as grassroots archives preserve and share stories of resistance, hidden histories, and alternative visions. Toronto’s Connexions Archive, founded in 1975, is one such grassroots archiving project – now on the hunt for a secure home. There are a surprising number of other small projects and amateur archivists also devoted to preserving and digitizing publications and documents created by grassroots social justice groups. Many of them are wrestling with similar problems: trying to figure out how to preserve informal archives found in basements and back offices and, just as important, to make them accessible. They all share a belief that remembering is another way of waging the continuing struggle for justice.
How can we preserve the history of our movements? Where can we preserve them?
Can we work together to digitize and share. Can we ‘Archive locally, share globally’?
Join us at Beit Zatoun for a talk and discussion with Ulli Diemer of Connexions and other guests.
When and Where:
Tuesday November 27, 2012, 7:00 pm
Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham Street, Toronto. M6G 2L8
Bathurst subway stop on the Bloor line (exit Markham Street)
Admission free but contributions welcomed.
Connexions: www.connexions.org; 416-964-1511
Beit Zatoun: www.beitzatoun.org; 647-726-9500