Thursday, August 16 • 10:30am - 11:45am
108 - Middle Eastern and North African Archives at Home and Abroad: Access, Preservation and Politics

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This session focuses on physical and intellectual access challenges at archives in or from Egypt, Morocco, Iraq, and the greater Middle East Region. Archivists discuss how they navigate the terrain of preservation and politics to provide access to records on WWI refugees, architecture, and political revolution. Also discussed is a specific national archive in the region that focuses on its colonial past in lieu of providing access to modern-day records.

Sumayya Ahmed: Is This the National Archive? Colonial Records and Present-Day Silence in the Archives of Morocco
Ryder Kouba: After the Square: Archival Challenges at the American University in Cairo
Renee Pappous: Lessons from the Near East Relief Records: Fragile, Valuable, Sensitve
Sharon C. Smith: Iraqi Architects Archives at MIT: Providing Access to the Country of Origin

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Sumayya Ahmed

Lecturer in Library and Information Studies, University College London-Qatar
Sumayya Ahmed is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) at University College London's campus in Qatar. Her research interests include documentary heritage in North Africa and the Middle East as well as the tension between the oral and written in recordkeeping. She received a PhD in Information... Read More →


Ryder Kouba

Digital Collections Archivist, American University of Cairo
Ryder Kouba is the Digital Collections Archivist in the Rare Books and Special Collections Library at the American University in Cairo, a position he has held since 2014. His responsibilities include managing digitization, preservation of born digital materials, and access to content... Read More →
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Renee Pappous

Archivist, Rockefeller Archive Center
Renee is an archivist at the Rockefeller Archive Center, where she strives to provide empathetic, open, and equitable access through her reference and processing projects. She earned her master's in Modern European Studies from Columbia University and her bachelor's from UC Irvin... Read More →
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Sharon C. Smith

Program Head, Aga Khan Documentation Center at MIT
Sharon C. Smith holds a Ph.D. in the History and Theory of Art and Architecture from Binghamton University. She specializes in the history of art and architecture of the Middle East and Renaissance Italy. She is the Program Head of AKDC@MIT, co-director of Archnet.org, and an editor... Read More →

Thursday August 16, 2018 10:30am - 11:45am EDT
Virginia AB, [Lobby Level]