Scottish Records Association 

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Annual Conference: Call for Papers

Saturday 16 November 2019, University of Dundee


The Scottish Records Association is pleased to partner with the Centre for Scottish Culture at the University of Dundee in inviting proposals for papers for its annual conference. This year we are asking researchers and archivists to submit paper proposals related to the use of Scottish archives to uncover stories usually obscured by the records: hidden histories. Speakers from any academic or archival career stage are welcome, and bursaries may be available to support postgraduate students. Individual 20-minute paper proposals, panels of three speakers and pairs of speakers seeking a third panellist are all welcome.

The thrust of the conference remains methodological and archival (we want to know how you found it as well as what you discovered!) and within this we are interested in paper proposals addressing the full range of topics in this area, which might include but are not limited to:
  • Diverse histories in Scottish archives (gender, race, sexuality, disability and class are our starting points, but we are open to other areas)
  • Silences in the archives – how do we cope with accidental or deliberate archival omissions?
  • Catalogues for the 21st century – how can finding aids conceal as well as reveal?
  • Reading records against the grain – and getting beyond the voice of the record-creator

DEADLINE: 31 August 2019

Paper proposals and enquiries should be submitted to the conference organiser Dr Amy Blakeway at