We are pleased to share the recordings of the public talks that took place during Archive/Counter-Archive's Summer Institute, "Locating Media Archives," (May 18-June 17, 2021).
Thanks again to our speakers and everyone who attended, and to Deaf Spectrum for providing ASL interpretation.
The three public talks below were part of Dr. Stacy Allison Cassin's intensive, "The Practice of Indigenous Metadata and Knowledge Organization."
INDIGENOUS KNOWLEDGE AND RELATIONSHIPS WITH CAMILLE CALLISON
This session discusses the critical need to unsettle and rethink protocols around the sharing, teaching and intergenerational transfer of Indigenous knowledge. Existing frameworks must be dismantled to create space for best practices for accessing, sharing, and preserving Indigenous knowledge held in mainstream archives, libraries, and cultural memory institutions. Callison discusses current and necessary work to advocate for the elevation and inclusion of Indigenous worldviews and relationship as key components of moving ahead.
INDIGENOUS DATA PROTOCOLS WITH KAYLA LAR-SON
In this talk, Kayla Lar-Son explores the topic of Indigenous data sovereignty, Indigenous data protocols and what they mean for practitioners working with Indigenous data. Kayla Lar-Son introduces participants to real applications of tools that support Indigenous data sovereignty, and teaches how we can begin to advocate for more ethical data practices.
You can access Kayla Lar-Son's presentation slides here.
MAPPING FOR AWARENESS OF INDIGENOUS STORIES IN CULTURAL HERITAGE COLLECTIONS WITH DR. STEPHANIE PYNE
Whereas yesterday’s cartography was interpreted narrowly and used in colonial attempts to dominate land and people, today’s approaches are broadening mapping practices, which are becoming increasingly ubiquitous in many spheres, including news intersections with archives, libraries and museums. This presentation tracks the evolution of several interlinked collaborative multimedia mapping projects aimed at intercultural reconciliation, with a particular focus on new awareness-building mapping methods that are developing in (i) sketch mapping exercises around the stories of Indigenous residential school survivors from the Where Are the Children website, and (ii) current affairs mapping exercises in the context of a broad range of news stories related to Indigenous issues, including residential schools and reconciliation. Mapping Residential Schools themes first emerged in 2011 during work on the SSHRC-funded cybercartographic Lake Huron Treaty Atlas. Further interest in and use of the map spurred some improvements and led to a further SSHRC grant to develop the cybercartographic Residential Schools Land Memory Atlas in addition to other project outputs. The sketch mapping exercises referred to above provide an interesting example, especially since they provide an opportunity to discuss the most recent iteration, Mapping Survivor Stories, produced with students under the Multimedia Emergent Mapping for Education (MEME) Project.
The next two panels were convened by Dr. Ryan Conrad and took place during his intensive entitled "AIDS Activist Media Research within Canada."
HIV ON TV: A PANEL ON EARLY HIV/AIDS ACTIVIST TELEVISION IN CANADA
Speakers: Richard Fung, Karen Knights, Ian Iqbal Rashid
In the ‘80s and ‘90s HIV/AIDS activists in Canada used video cameras to organize, educate, agitate, and document their own rebellions. Before widespread use of the web-based video distribution platforms that we have today, artists and activists utilized community cable television channels to reach audiences near and far as tapes were also exchanged through the mail. This panel features video makers who either contributed to these community cable projects or are stewards of this archive. Notably, this panel will touch upon two community cable projects, Vancouver’s Gayblevision and Toronto’s Toronto Living With AIDS. The panel will be moderated by Dr. Ryan Conrad.
A DIALOGUE ON WOMEN’S HIV/AIDS VIDEO ACTIVISM THEN & NOW
Speakers: Darien Taylor and Alison Duke
An intimate conversation between esteemed HIV/AIDS activist Darien Taylor and award-winning independent film and video maker Alison Duke. Taylor’s groundbreaking documentary Voices of Positive Women (1993), which she made in collaboration with video artist Michael Balser, is one of the earliest examinations of the impact of HIV and AIDS upon women. Duke has been making documentaries about HIV/AIDS since 2007, most notably the pair of documentaries Positive Women: Exposing Injustice (2012) and Consent: HIV Non-disclosure and Sexual Assault Law (2015). The dialogue will be moderated by Dr. Ryan Conrad.