We are getting closer to meeting you all in Rome for our biennial conference, Archives: Bridging the Gap, scheduled for September 21-23, 2022. This professional event will be a space of encounter for professionals from all over the world to discuss and debate the role archives are playing to bridge (or not bridge) gaps characterising contemporary societies: gaps between global and local, public and private, centre and periphery, majority and minority, duties and rights, hi-tech and low-tech, to name a few.
Archives play a fundamental role in this scenario since they embed and represent the values of a society - in a word, its identity - in a dynamic way. They are not passive containers of our memory. They are rather proactive agents that shape our memory. Therefore, they are a strategic factor for bridging the gaps. On the other hand, archives have to face the internal gaps that affect their mission and hamper their use - in a world of ever-changing technologies archives are striving to manage new objects, formats and techniques.
To start, and deepen, this conversation, we are pleased to share some further information on our not-to-be-missed Keynote Speakers: Judge Rosario Salvatore Aitala, Geoffrey Yeo, and Dr. Anne Gilliland.
We have updated the #ICARoma2022 professional programme (in English) so we invite you to click the following link to plan your conference schedule: https://www.ica.org/en/ica-roma-2022-preliminary-programme
Judge Rosario Salvatore Aitala / Day 1 - Wednesday 21 September
9:00 - 10:15 CET (introduced by Dr. Giulia Barrera)
He was born in Catania, where he studied, specialising in Rome, Florence and Turku, Finland. A State Police official since 1992 in investigative and managerial positions, he entered the judiciary in 1997 and has held office in Milan and the public prosecutors' offices in Trapani and Rome. He was adviser for crisis areas and international crime to the minister of foreign affairs and adviser for international affairs to the president of the Senate. He has worked in over thirty countries, residing in particular in Albania, Afghanistan, the Balkans and Latin America dealing with mafias, terrorism, international crime and institution building. Since 2018 he has been a judge at the International Criminal Court, where he chairs the Second Pre-Trial Chamber. Professor of International Criminal Law at Luiss Guido Carli and honorary professor of Criminal Law at Universidad de Buenos Aires, he is a scientific advisor and writes for the Italian geopolitical journal Limes. He published "The Method of Fear. Terrorisms and Terrorists", which he presented at Trame (Laterza, 2018), and "International Criminal Law" (Le Monnier Università, 2021).
Geoffrey Yeo / Day 2 - Thursday 22 September
10:45 - 12:00 CET
Geoffrey Yeo is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Information Studies at University College London (UK), and a member of the editorial boards of Archivaria (Canada) and Arhivski Vjesnik (Croatia). With more than 40 years’ experience as an archival practitioner, consultant, and educator, he is the author of numerous books, book chapters, and articles on many aspects of the theory and practice of archives and records management. His published work won the Society of American Archivists Fellows' Ernst Posner Award in 2009 and the Hugh A. Taylor Prize in 2013. His latest book, Record-Making and Record-Keeping in Early Societies, was published by Routledge in 2021. Although now retired from professional practice, he continues to be active as a researcher and writer and as a speaker at conferences on archival topics.
Dr. Anne Gilliland / Day 3 - Friday 23 September
9:00 - 9:45 CET
Dr. Anne Gilliland is a Professor of Archival Studies specialisation in the Department of Information Studies, as well as Director of the Center for Information as Evidence at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Education & Information Studies. She is a faculty affiliate of UCLA's Centers for Digital Humanities, for European and Russian Studies, and for the Study of International Migration, as well as of the Promise Institute for Human Rights of the UCLA Law School.
She is a Fellow of the Society of American Archivists and recipient of numerous awards in archival and information studies. She is an Honorary Research Fellow of the Centre for Global Research, RMIT University in Melbourne and of the University of Liverpool Department of History. She has served as a NORSLIS (Nordic Research School in Library and Information Science) Professor and as an Honorary Professorial Research Fellow, Humanities Advanced Technology and Information Institute, University of Glasgow. She has also taught courses as a visiting faculty member at Renmin University of China and the University of Zadar, Croatia. She was also the founding director of the now global Archival Education and Research Initiative (AERI).
Her interests relate broadly to the history, nature, human impact, and technologies associated with archives, recordkeeping and memory, particularly in translocal and international contexts. Specifically her work addresses recordkeeping and archival systems and practices in support of human rights and daily life in post-conflict settings, particularly in the countries emerging out of the former Yugoslavia. Her research also investigates rights in records for forcibly displaced persons and the role of community memory in promoting reconciliation in the wake of ethnic conflict.
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