November 30, 2017

El Mar La Mar

NYU Washington, DC welcomed professional staff from the Smithsonian Institution and the Library of Congress to discuss issues around the topics of immigration, migration, and displacement globally. The open format discussion focused on case studies and examples from the federal cultural agencies regarding archival collections that are available for scholars researching the topic, programs that provide training in documentation methods to communities struggling against displacement, digital interventions, and other initiatives that resonate with the overarching conference theme.

Topics included contemporary political analysis of these issues as they occur around various sites in addition to the special collections, materials and historical research that each institution holds in their vaults. A particular emphasis was placed on demonstrating how each institution has made or is seeking to make these collections available to assist anthropologists interested in these topics as a type of show-and-tell approach during the roundtable. Other specific projects and case studies that the Library of Congress and Smithsonian Institution are involved with as U.S. federal cultural agencies were discussed including language retention and maintenance work among migrant speakers, documentation techniques among populations struggling with displacement and other programs among vulnerable populations.

Meet the Panel

Leo Chavez

Leo Chavez

Jake Homiak

Jake Homiak

Amalia Cordova

Amalia Córdova

Guha Shankar

Guha Shankar

Matthew Durington

Matthew Durington

Adam Silvia

Adam Silvia

Todd Harvey

Todd Harvey