This past week I have been in Scotland. I attended the conference Memories, Identities, and Communities put on by the Centre for Archive and Information Studies (CAIS) at the University of Dundee. It was a good conference, an interesting mix of archivists, historians, and information people from the UK, Europe, the Middle East, North America, and Australia. One of the highlights was the opening plenary by Sue Black, a forensic anthropologist who worked in Kosovo. The theme of social justice was prominent, and the conference definitely favoured the concept of archivist as activist, and the role of intentional, created “archives”. It brought up again the growing terminological divide and, in my opinion, anyway, the ever-present need to examine first principles and remember our theoretical archival roots as we look to the future.
Dundee is small in scale. We stayed in the Apex Hotel on the harbour and could walk in a few minutes into the centre of the city. We visited the McManus Gallery (formerly the Albert Centre).
Saturday morning we took the train to Edinburgh. Walked our legs off all afternoon through the National Museum and all over the old city.