P51
The role of archives in the circulation chain of tradition

Convenors:
Mari Sarv (Estonian Literary Museum)
Risto Järv (Estonian Literary Museum)
Kelly Fitzgerald (University College Dublin)
Gary West (University of Edinburgh)
Location:
Ülikooli 18, 227
Session slots:
3

Short abstract:

The panel invites to think on the role of tradition archives - a register to document local vernacular culture. Which are the present collecting policies and ideologies; which are the aims and intentions of archive users? Which kind of materials have the potential to return to the circulation?

Long abstract:

The panel invites to think on the role of tradition archives, be it national, private or community archives. Of their nature, tradition archives act as a register to document and engage with concepts of local expression. Ethnological and folklore archives hold millions of records of specific, regional material. Recent technological developments have allowed greater movement of and access to these repositories. For whom are the tradition archives actually meant? Which are the present collecting policies and ideologies; which are the aims and intentions of archive users? A central issue relates to the importance of the continuing record and how best to document the vernacular imagination. How does the digital access to materials affect the concepts of local and regional? In 2013, is it possible or is it even relevant, to draw on tradition archives in order to shed light on a locality or a region? In the vernacular imagination how pertinent are actual places and spaces? An nowadays' archive is not meant to be only a treasury of materials, a dead end. Which kind of materials have the potential to return to the circulation, what are the motives and preferences of interest groups participating in this process? To what extent should the collection and publication principles be taylored according to the users' needs and to what extent follow the established traditions?