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Archives and Society: Record Keeping in Historical and Contemporary Perspective

This event explored the challenges
posed by record keeping in both its historical and contemporary contexts. It raised questions about the relationship between archival practice and historical knowledge from the perspective of record custodians and record users. Bringing together professional historians, practising
archivists and members of the public, it also sought to encourage lively debate about future decision-making and the creation of policies in this critical area.

Chair:
Dr Adam Smyth
Adam Smyth is a Tutorial Fellow in English at Balliol College, Oxford, and a University Lecturer in the History of the Book (1450-1660). His most recent book is Autobiography in Early Modern England (CUP, 2010). He is currently working on early modern responses to the material text, including the cutting, burning, and marking of pages. He writes regularly for the Times Literary Supplement and the London Review of Books.

Speakers include:

Dr Filippo de Vivo
Filippo de Vivo is Senior Lecturer in Early Modern History at Birkbeck College, University of London. He is the author of Information and Communication in Venice: Rethinking Early Modern Politics (2007), and is continuing his investigation into the uses of different forms of communication in early modern Italy as the project leader of the AR.C.H.I.ves project. Funded by the European Research Council, the project is a comparative analysis of the material, cultural, political and social history of archives and chanceries in late medieval and early modern Italy.

Professor Eric Ketelaar 
Eric Ketelaar is professor emeritus of archival science at the University of Amsterdam and former General State Archivist of the Netherlands. Throughout his career he has served in numerous national and international boards and councils shaping policies on record management, and wrote the UNESCO guidelines of archives and records management legislation. He continues to research and publish on the social and cultural contexts of records creation and use (some collected in: The Archival Image (1997)), and is editor-in-chief of Archival Science: International Journal on Recorded Information.

Dr Jesse Spohnholz 
Jesse Spohnholz is Associate Professor of History at Washington State University. He has published on the experiences of religious refugees and the social practices of toleration, with special reference to the Reformation in Germany and the Netherlands. His monograph The Tactics of Toleration (2011) was awarded the Gerald Strauss Book Prize in Reformation. Currently he is working on the organisational systems of archives and the construction of historical narratives by historians.

Dr Valerie Johnson 
Valerie Johnson is Head of Research at the National Archives, Kew. In this capacity she sets out the strategy for the organisation and co-ordination of research, and builds partnerships with historical societies, researchers, and the archives and information sector. She has presented and published on archival policies and the digital revolution in Archives, and the Journal of the Society of Archivists, and convenes the 'Archives and Society' seminar series at the Institute of Historical Research. 
PLEASE NOTE: Dr Johnson's contribution was filmed but not included in this video at her request because of various copyright issues.

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