Refugee Voices, Refugee Narratives: Civic Engagement, LGBTQ+ Communities and the UEL Archives
“The aim of this paper will therefore be to reflect on a civic engagement project undertaken on behalf of the Refugee Council Archive at UEL to collect oral histories from refugees, and to investigate the ethical considerations that we had to consider when looking to collect these oral histories and to make them accessible via the Living Refugee Archive website. How can we preserve the voices of LGBTQ+ refugees, asylum seekers and migrants within the Archive and what are the potential barriers and intersections?
This paper will also consider the interaction between oral histories and the more traditional materials located with our Refugee Archive collections, focusing especially on how oral histories can contribute to documenting, preserving and making accessible the genuine voices and testimonies of refugees. It will also reflect upon how we might be able to engage further with LGBTQ+ groups and the opportunities for partnerships whilst also considering how the Archive might approach the preservation and accessibility of such materials?”
Paul V. Dudman
Paul Dudman is the Archivist based at the University of East London. Paul has been responsible for the Refugee Council Archive at UEL since 2002 and has over a decade’s experience working within higher education archives. Paul has been involved with the Campaign for Voluntary Sector Archives and has just completed a collaborative civic engagement project with academic colleagues at UEL. Paul has also received seed funding from the IASFM (International Association for the Study of Forced Migration) to help establish an IASFM working group on refugee archives.
UEL Library and Learning Service
The UEL Library and Learning Service currently holds important archival collections, in both digital and physical formats, in relation to the academic disciplines associated with theatre studies; refugee and forced migration studies; and sports science. The University of East London will seek to enhance the quality of its Archives and special collections through the selective acquisition of new archival collections and materials that reflect the learning, teaching, research and civic engagement needs of the institution and its wider community. As part of this remit, we aim to aim to complement the existing UEL Archive collection strengths, namely: theatre studies; sports science and Olympic studies; plus International Development incorporating Refugee and Forced Migration Studies. It is within the later field of Refugee Studies that this civic engagement project will be focused upon.
Living Refugee Archive – www.livingrefugeearchive.org
IASFM Working Group – http://iasfm.org/adfm/
Twitter – https://twitter.com/refugee_archive
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/RefugeeCouncilArchive
Paul will be speaking on day 2 of the conference