What are the concerns for student activists in regards to documentation and preservationof their digital lives as a member of a community traditionally silenced orunderdocumented in mainstream archives? How can social media records democratizearchival spaces? Contemporary student activism while incorporating the traditionalmethods of direct action through demonstrations and protests has also witnessed theconvergence of online practices where organizing, communication, solicitation,interrogation occurs primarily within digital spaces, more specifically through socialmedia. Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, Meetup, and Facebook have become tools fordocumenting student dissent—whether it is digital flyers, interviews, demands toadministration, campaigns for change, or hashtags, a massive amount of data on studentactivism exists in the digital. Archivists and other information professionals are beingtasked to document this rise in student activism, more specifically from students indisenfranchised communities. The emergence of discourse on the centering of oppressedcommunities within mainstream archives includes that of student activists. The archivalprofession must document the full scope of student life with the objective of capturingthese richly diverse histories because they are pertinent to the evolution of colleges anduniversities and their role in society.
The conveners of the first Project STAND symposium seek presentations related to theways information professionals can ethically document the experiences and activities ofstudent activists from vulnerable communities while respecting issues of privacy. Centralthemes to our first forum will include an investigation of traditional archival praxiswithin the realm of social media. We will look at the usage of restrictive access,transparency, and forging a more equitable relationship between the record creator andthe repository. But we also want to do a deep dive on student activism through the lens ofrace, class, gender, sexual orientation, ableism, with discussions on generational alliancesand intergenerational challenges.We invite submissions from students, archivists, faculty,librarians, independent scholars and community members – to actively participate in theconference.
Individual Papers. Please provide an abstract of 300-500 words and brief bio (75 words).
Please include 3-5 keywords.Some topics include but are not limited to:
Archival Praxis and activist archivesOutreachPrivacy, Ethics, Power of ConsentDigital Technologies as tools/weaponsStudent activism as laborThe Right to Be ForgottenThe Student as Creators, Custodian, and HistorianSilences in the ArchivesArchivists as activistsCommunity ArchivesDigital Presence and PermanenceIntersectionalities and student activismLanguage and RepresentationIntergenerationalPost-custodial