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Title:Collections Of Trauma: Exploring Generative Frictions
Author(s):Nathan, Lisa P.; Shaffer, Elizabeth; Campbell, Sheena; Castor, Maggie
Subject(s):cultural institutions
human-computer interaction
information/computing ethics
Abstract:Through this paper we identify systemic challenges that face efforts to ethically steward collections of trauma in a conflict-ridden world. Our scholarly reflections are grounded in the context of a centre being created to hold materials related to Canada’s ongoing Truth and Reconciliation Commission. We report on initial discussions with those involved in the Centre’s development and our ongoing review of court documents and media accounts related to the Centre. We call attention to the amalgamation of socio-technical, political, and legal structures that influence the actions of those managing collections of trauma. We highlight how those involved in the Centre’s development (including the researchers) are participants in and descendants of Canada’s legacy of colonizing initiatives. We identify generative frictions related to issues of conflict, plurality, agency, and distrust that underlie the design and management of collections of trauma. These reflections guide our ongoing investigation.
Issue Date:2015-03-15
Series/Report:iConference 2015 Proceedings
Genre:Conference Paper / Presentation
Peer Reviewed:yes
Rights Information:Copyright 2015 is held by the authors. Copyright permissions, when appropriate, must be obtained directly from the authors.
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-03-23

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