Jodi Reeves Eyre deposited Future Libraries, Archives, and Museums in Excavation (FLAME) – A Podcast Series of the CLIR Curated Futures Project on Humanities Commons 1 year, 2 months ago
Our podcast series holds the microphone up to archivists, scholars, and museum staff who work with collections pertaining to BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color) communities. Thus far, two paths have emerged: (1) reinterpreting archival, library, museum content that come from predominantly white colonial perspectives; and (2) introducing underrepresented BIPOC narratives into the mainstream. Such efforts have already been evolving in local BIPOC libraries, archives, and museums, in neighborhoods, and in tribal communities. In speaking with BIPOC scholars, archivists, librarians and non-BIPOC allies, many have recommended establishing contact with the communities to whom the collections belong, making sure that they have gained full agency over the life cycle and uses of the materials that pertain to BIPOC cultures and points of view. We aim to understand how their archival practices provide more agency for BIPOC communities, differing from those practiced by the “first” university systems. In short, our work sits at the juncture of both a re-definition (especially for Predominantly White institutions) and a continuingly strengthened construction of archives (for BIPOC communities).