powerpoint slide on screen above 2 tablesThis month CCP project manager Lauren Cooper presented at the Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory (HASTAC) conference in Vancouver, British Columbia. This year the focus of the conference was “Decolonizing Technologies, Reprogramming Education.”

On behalf of CCP, Cooper presented, “Coming Home: Critical Curation, Participatory Archive Building” and highlighted how we can use digital technologies to construct and reorganize archives in order to better represent those outside of the traditional record. She also discussed partnering with educators across North America to engage students in research that resists dominant racial, gendered, and geographic narratives to create online exhibits that bring those stories to digital life for a range of viewers, both within and outside of the Academy. Finally, drawing on the conference theme and Ellen Cushman’s ideas about participatory archive building as a means to counter the imperial archive’s insistence on the expert codification of knowledge, Cooper shared strategies and impact of our crowdsourced curriculum and transcription efforts.