Archival Thinking

In 2018, with colleagues in archival studies, I founded the International Intellectual History of Archival Studies research network to promote the study of the transnational and transcultural development of archival thinking.

The network was established following discussions – long present in the literature – about the need for a clearer picture of the development of archival practices, theories and traditions in different national and social contexts, and their transposition and movement over time. The objective of the IIHAS network is to illuminate this history to better understand inherited ideas and present day norms. IIHAS pursues this objective by promoting the translation of canonical archival texts across languages, encouraging new research in archival and administrative history, particularly history that situates current issues and developments in historical context, and by providing forums for sharing information with practitioners of archival science and scholars in other fields.