Arch004
Ethnographic archives: should we share or should we hide?

Convenors:
Rita Cachado (ISCTE-University Institute of Lisbon)
Sónia Vespeira de Almeida (Center for Research in Anthropology (CRIA), Universidade Nova de Lisboa)
Stream:
Archives
Location:
A126
Start time:
23 June, 2015 at 10:30
Session slots:
1

Short abstract:

As data producers, anthropologists and other ethnographers deal with a responsibility that not only regards their field(s), but potentially also regards society in a general way. This panel aims to contribute to the debate on ethnographic archives.

Long abstract:

Ethnographies are registered by several ways, and there are many ways to archive collected data. Not rarely, anthropologists analyse their own archives more or less organized, but they share their results only scarcely. By the same token, only seldom do anthropologists talk about what they wish to do with their fieldnotes, field images, drawings, maps, or even audio files. Following an old idea from Rojer Sanjek, who organized a panel about fieldnotes (Sanjek 1990), as data producers, anthropologists and other ethnographers deal with a responsibility that not only regards their field(s), but potentially also regards society in a general way. Ethnographic data produced in the present can be future historic archives, that is, ethnographic archives can be regarded not only as academical heritage but also as cultural heritage. Therefore, this panel aims to contribute to the debate on ethnographic archives from a set of questions, including but not limited to: What uses can we make from fieldnotes? How do we organize fieldnotes and other field materials? How should we organize digital files? To what point should fieldwork be sharable? From museums to ethnographic archives, what are the different national realities?