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DepositArchives for the Dark Web: A Field Guide for Study

This chapter provides a field guide for other digital humanists who want to study the Dark Web. In order to focus the chapter, I emphasize my belief that, in order to study the cultures of Dark Web sites and users, the digital humanist must engage with these systems’ technical infrastructures. I will provide specific reasons why I believe that understanding the technical details of Freenet, Tor, and I2P will benefit any researchers who study these systems, even if they focus on end users, aesthetics, or Dark Web cultures. To this end, I offer a catalog of archives and resources researchers could draw on and a discussion of why researchers should build their own archives. I conclude with some remarks about ethics of Dark Web research.

MemberMargaret Galvan

Margaret Galvan is Assistant Professor of visual rhetoric in the Department of English at the University of Florida. She is currently at work on a book, In Visible Archives of the 1980s: Feminist Politics and Queer Platforms, under contract with the Manifold Scholarship series of the University of Minnesota Press, which traces a genealogy of queer theory in 1980s feminism through representations of sexuality in visual culture. Her published work, which analyzes visual media culture through intersectional archival approaches, can be found in journals like WSQ: Women’s Studies Quarterly, Archive Journal, and Australian Feminist Studies and in collections like The Ages of The X-Men (2014) and Disability in Comic Books and Graphic Narratives (2016).

DepositA More-Product-Less-Process Approach to Cataloging Recordings

Part of pane, Remain in Light: Archival Practice for Popular Music Collections Popular music is an evolving family of musical forms and an emerging area of archival research. Repositories focused on this area are relatively young departments found within research libraries or museums. The nature and wide public recognition of the subject matter provide archivists with unique opportunities and challenges for collecting, preserving, providing access and promoting archival materials to large audiences often unfamiliar with archives. Featuring case studies from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Library and Archives, Grateful Dead Archives, Center for Popular Music, Bowling Green State University and the Southern Folklife Collection, the panel will address collecting strategies, media preservation, adapting traditional archival processing, and exhibit development.

DepositIntroduction to Archives & Networks of Modernism

Archives & Networks of Modernism developed without any single authorial focus to address or collapse the plurality of Modernist and Late Modernist networks and archives. The collection instead adopts an international perspective, in particular where each network or archive intersects or interrupts the other. In this, it draws from the established tropes of the New Modernist Studies but often moving through somewhat less established locales, methods, figures, or paradigms.

DepositMapping Archival Silence: technology and the historical record

Recent theorizations of archival silence signal a heightened and expanding concern with information that is lost, concealed, destroyed or simply not available for scholarly use. As our access to the archive becomes more dependent upon technologies of the interface, scholars exhibit increasing concern about the impact of digital affordances and constraints on record-keeping, research and artistic production. As digital archives are technocultural artifacts, developments in the field of science studies can provide insight into the interdependence and coevolution of the social, cultural and material factors shaping archival silence. Donna Haraway, Karen Barad, Bruno Latour and others have shown how machine and human agents form tightly linked networks that must be understood as dynamically integrated wholes. Digital archives lend themselves to this kind of exploration of the entanglement of matter and meaning; content and device, human and machine elements. We can thus understand digital archives not as singular physical entities, but as a set of possibilities shaped by the convergence of social and material factors.

DepositClimate Control System Improvements-Planning Phase

The Wildlife Conservation Society Archives comprises records created over WCS’s 119-year history. The Archives is currently undergoing a revitalization led by major improvements to the care of and access to the collections. Recently, WCS Administration identified a new location for the collections, which offers a far stronger opportunity than the current location to develop a sustainable preservation environment. The proposed project will result in the WCS Archives Conceptual Preservation Design Plan. Founded upon preservation strategies balancing effectiveness, cost, and environmental impact, this plan will serve as the crucial first step in the Archives’ relocation to this new space. By convening an interdisciplinary team to work collaboratively on this plan, the Archives seeks to develop the foundation that will guide the sustainable protection of the WCS Archives’ physical collections and the continued study and enjoyment of these unique collections by future generations.