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The Association of Canadian Archivists Student Chapter at the University of British Columbia (ACA@UBC) is pleased to present its 15th annual conference—Archives and the Environment: Land, Colonialism, and the Climate Crisis. This event will be held virtually on Zoom on Friday, February 16th, 2024, 9:00 AM–5:00 PM (PST).
As an online event, attendees and presenters will join this gathering from many different places around the world. We wish to expressly acknowledge that the University of British Columbia School of Information is located on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ speaking xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) people. We are grateful to study and host our conference on this beautiful land.
The 15th annual ACA@UBC Conference considers the relationship between the environment and the archival profession at large. Reflecting on the “inextricable relationship between archivy and the environment” (Winn), the Conference asks: what is the responsibility of the archivist in a time where the climate crisis presses upon the sustainable reality of all forms of cultural heritage? How does land, as and with archival records, play into reparative justice for historical brutalities dealt by colonialism and capitalism? This virtual conference brings together students, scholars, and practitioners whose work explores the reciprocal relationship between archival practice and the changing conditions of the land and environment. Through virtual discussions and presentations, the ACA@UBC Conference will explore archival and recordkeeping practices amidst rapid climate change, the capacity of the land as record, and archival applications informed by the impacts of colonialism and capitalism upon the environment.