Joint NZGS/IAG Conference 2018, July 11-14, University of Auckland, New Zealand


CFP: Lively records: Animating, populating and presenting documentation


Session organisers: Elliott Child (University of British Columbia) and Rachel Hughes (University of Melbourne)


In 1990 Bruno Latour could assert with confidence that files and records were ‘the most despised of all ethnographic objects’. Today, this claim is in serious doubt. Social researchers no longer simply look through paperwork, they look at it directly. This session builds on recent attempts to bring records and documents to life, taking their forms as seriously as their content and studying the politics of document creation, handling, interpretation, deletion, or loss. We invite papers that explore the affects, ethics, and pitfalls of researching records, broadly conceived: collections, files, state or non-state archives. Papers that seek new ways to creatively (re)present records in conference presentations and public engagements are especially encouraged.

Themes or areas of interest may include:

Please email hughesr@unimelb.edu.au and elliott.child@geog.ubc.ca a 200-300 word abstract and paper title by Friday March 23.


Elliott Child
Doctoral candidate
Department of Geography

University of British Columbia
1984 West Mall, Vancouver,
British Columbia, Canada, V6T 1Z2