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International congress about the importance of archives for human rights, good governance, formation of the nation state and national identity

'Archives without borders'

International congress about the importance of archives for human rights, good governance, formation of the nation state and national identity.

Archives as silent witnesses for the Australian Aboriginals. The role archives play in a federal state: the case of Flanders. Archives and national identity in Indonesia. A selection from the topics up for discussion during the international archival conference at the Peace Palace in The Hague, The Netherlands, August 30-31, 2010. This congress focuses on the importance of archives for good governance in an international context. In the globalizing information society, the significance of archives increasingly transcends national boundaries.

The congress focuses on four themes:

  • Archives as 'silent witnesses'. Archives particular relevance in international areas where human rights are at stake.
  • Archives of international tribunals like the Yugoslavia Tribunal, or of international or supranational organizations like the European Commission and the Red Cross, transcend national boundaries. What happens to these archives, which are not subject to international archival laws?
  • Archives play an important role in the development of a national identity and national states. Archival management is, for example, indispensable to land registry or the Right to Information of citizens. Conversely, the growth and the management of archives are directly influenced by the formation of states.
  • How do archival professionals provide support to their colleagues in other parts of the world? Is there international archival solidarity?

The international congress is organized by KVAN, the Dutch association for archivists, and VVBAD, the Flemish association for archivists and librarians. The conference is supported by the ICA/SPA and the National Archives in The Hague, The Netherlands. The congress commemorates the first international archives conference, which took place in Brussels a century ago in 1910.

More details concerning the congress and the program is available here.

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