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Confronting the Canon

Call for Participants

Deadline: 31 August 2019

Guest Editors

Dr Jenny Bunn, University College London, UK

Archives and Records

Archives and Records deals with matters of interest to archivists, archive conservators and records managers, as well as to all involved in the study and interpretation of archives.

Language: en-US

Publisher: tandf

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The year 2022 sees the centenary of the publication of Sir Hilary Jenkinson’s Manual of Archive Administration. This text has had undeniable influence in shaping a canonical view of recordkeeping, and is widely regarded as a part of that canon: the set of sacred books, rules and principles that govern the subject and undertaking of archives and records management.

In recent years however, practical responses to a rapidly changing environment and increased academic scrutiny have led to a questioning and expansion of the established canon. Confronted with post-modernist deconstruction of power, post-truth politics and the new (and seemingly endless) possibilities offered by technology, the canon has been challenged as partial, privileged, narrow and unaccommodating of more pluralist views.

This project seeks to confront the canon, by creating the Spring 2022 Special Issue of Archives and Records  (https://www.tandfonline.com/loi/cjsa21) in a way designed to surface dialogue, debate and multiplicity in perspective. This is not therefore a call for papers, but a call for participation. Participation will involve the following intellectual and time commitment.

  1. Working with others to co-author a paper (4,000-5,000 words) that confronts the canon in one of the following four ways; a) in theory, b) in practice, c) in education and d) internationally. This paper must be submitted by the end of September 2020.

  2. Working with your authoring group to enter into a peer review dialogue with the guest editor and the co-authors of a different paper in order to both revise your own paper, and write a peer commentary (1,000-2,000 words) on the other co-authors’ paper, which can be published alongside it. This process will replace the journal’s usual peer review process, but will still be ‘blind’ in the first instance. The aim is that it should be completed by the end of August 2021.

  3. Contributing reflections on the process that can be incorporated into an introduction to the Special Issue.

How to participate

If you wish to participate in this project, please send an expression of interest to the guest editor, j.bunn@ucl.ac.uk by 31st August 2019. Expressions of interest can come from either individuals or groups of individuals and should contain;

  1. an abstract (500 words) detailing in which of the four ways identified you wish to confront the canon and how you will reflect that in a paper and
  2. a description (500 words) of the different perspectives you bring (in the case of a group) or would like to bring (in the case of an individual) together within your paper and why you think that combination would be beneficial or important.

During September, the guest editor will liaise with those expressing an interest to select a group to take forward each theme, and this decision will be made by the end of September 2019.