Building and Animating Archives to Give Voice to Communities: A Roundtable Discussion
York University is renowned for its expertise in the study of migration and diaspora histories and experiences in Canada, with major research programs on Greek, Italian, Black/African descent, Portuguese, Jewish, Irish, Egyptian, Francophone, Korean, Filipinx and other communities. Much of this work has been done in close collaboration between these communities, the Clara Thomas Archives & Special Collections, and other units at York.
Thanks to the relationship building work that numerous faculty and graduate students have done over many years, York now holds major archival collections that have supported research, teaching, and knowledge mobilization initiatives in and outside of academia. York is soon to host the extensive archives of the Multicultural History Society of Ontario (MHSO), which will solidify its position as a leading institution for the study of migration, ethnicity, and diasporas in Canada. The Archives of Ontario is also now on York’s campus, and maintains close ties with our faculty for research and teaching.
This roundtable will gather leading researchers and archivists either working at, or in fruitful partnership with York, who are all committed to democratizing access to the archival records of migrant and diasporic communities in Canada in ways that acknowledge and listen to the myriad voices within them.
The discussion will be a collective reflection on the value of this work, and how it can be done successfully. How to gather community records and build archives; how to make records accessible to local communities and enable them to collaborate equitably in the production of new media to support their own priorities; and how to share authority in the use and exhibition of archival materials, while ensuring lasting accessibility for future generations.
Please note this event will be presented in English. Bilingual titles and descriptions are for reference purposes only.