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Crossing Fonds: A Critical Digital Archives Symposium

Crossing Fonds: A Critical Digital Archives Symposium

Please join us for the Crossing Fonds symposium in Metro Vancouver and online from April 25-28, 2024.   

Crossing Fonds will explore trends in digital archival practice, including the Crossing Fonds platform for collaboration between archives; critical digital archives practices including an ethics of care; Indigenous data sovereignty; collaborative tools and methods, community-centered collections created for and with equity-deserving communities; media arts conservation and archives. Case studies that “cross fonds” Black Labour and Culture History in the Greater Vancouver Area, Women’s Labour History: Restaurant Work in the Greater Vancouver Area, and the Indigenous Media Arts Group and IMAGeNation Aboriginal Film and Video Festival Archive. Panels feature archival projects from IBPOC, queer and trans, and disabled communities and digital technology leaders.

Evening receptions, exhibitions, and film screenings will take place at VIVO Media Arts and the Black Arts Centre. Explore the program here: Building on a two-year SSHRC Partnership Development grant producing partners are OCAD University, Simon Fraser University Archives, Library, Special Collections and Rare Books; City of Vancouver Archives; VIVO Media Arts Centre; and BLAC.

Pre-conference symposium workshops will include hands-on training in collaborative annotation, visualization, and cataloguing tools.

Keynotes include: 

Check out our early bird (ends March 15), reduced, and virtual rates here:

Attention students! If you are a student working in critical digital archives studies, community-based archives or interdisciplinary, collaborative archives, we want to showcase your work! Presentations can be virtual or in person and proposals are due March 10th. Apply here: 

We hope to see you there! 

This symposium is generously supported by funds from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council, Simon Fraser University and Office of the Provost SFU, OCAD University, VIVO Media Arts Centre and the Internet Archive.