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AHA Session 68
Saturday, January 3, 2015: 8:30 AM-10:00 AM
Empire Ballroom East (Sheraton New York, Second Floor)
William G. Rosenberg, University of Michigan
Francis X. Blouin, University of Michigan

Session Abstract

This panel brings archivists and historians together to talk about an issue of great common interest: what happens when archives sit at the center of political controversies. Focusing on the cases of recent Iraq, post-genocide Rwanda and Algeria following decolonization, the panel’s three scholars will explore different ways that these controversies have unfolded.  In so doing, they will also raise issues about how historians and archivists are crossing the disciplinary bridge that separates us, relating the issues that archivists face to those that historians face.

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