Welcome to Archive/Counterarchive

Working Groups

Our Working Groups provide a resource for the Case Studies and extend the research through papers, policy recommendations, workshops, exhibitions, and public talks.

Working Group teams are made up of academic researchers, archivists, artists, community members, cultural workers, graduate students, librarians, and other professionals - each concerned with and advising on specific research problems around each of the Case Studies.

Cultural Policy, IP, and Rights Ecosystems

The Cultural Policy, IP, and Rights Ecosystems Working Group (Policy WG) explores policy needs and wants for the A/CA Case Studies, community partners, and in relation to the use of archival media and related material housed in larger public institutions, such as Library and Archives Canada, the National Film Board, and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

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Education & Counter-Pedagogies

This Working Group aims to define and gather critical pedagogies to structure engagement with counter-archival audio-visual heritage across a range of educational, outreach, and exhibition contexts.

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Epistemologies of the Archive

This Working Group is discussing the status of the film archive within a changing technological and socio-political environment. It is investigating broad-based questions about the history of archival practices and institutions; and about theoretical and sociological implications of these practices and institutions.
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Indigenous Methodologies

The Indigenous Methodologies (IM) Working Group is focused primarily on research-creation projects driven by Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit, Métis) methodologies and world views, with key ethical and historical considerations. They work in a consulting capacity to the Case Studies and other areas of the A/CA network.

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Knowledge Architectures of Audiovisual Archives

This Working Group asks how can we enhance meaningful and respectful access for Canadians Indigenous people to their own cultural heritage by addressing inherent cultural bias embedding in existing organizational structure and rectify inherently problematic language in current schematics to describe racial, gender, sexuality, and identity?
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