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Working with ‘Women Only’: Gendered protocols in the digitization and archiving process

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dc.contributor.author Kell, Jodie
dc.contributor.author Booker, Lauren
dc.date.accessioned 2018-12-11T02:32:38Z
dc.date.available 2018-12-11T02:32:38Z
dc.date.issued 2018-12
dc.identifier.citation Kell, Jodie & Lauren Booker. 2018. Working with ‘Women Only’: Gendered protocols in the digitization and archiving process. Language Documentation & Conservation 12. 461-480.
dc.identifier.issn 1934-5275
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10125/24794
dc.description.abstract Gender is a significant social category that needs to be taken into consideration when working with Australian Aboriginal communities. Whilst archives hold knowledge systems that encode cultural practices of huge importance to current Australian Indigenous language revitalization projects, women have often been marginalized and excluded due to culturally inappropriate practices of collection, storage, and access. As women working in an archive, the authors provide a gendered perspective on the development of workflow processes that have the potential to re-orientate the relationship with endangered language communities and contribute to the negotiation of agency for Aboriginal women in the archival space. This paper draws on the experience of an Australian archiving service involved in a partnership with an Aboriginal organization to digitize resources and facilitate their return to the originating communities. As part of the partnership, tapes of women’s songs from central Australia were digitized using the skills of a female audio engineer. The paper argues that utilizing a female chain of linguist, anthropologist, musicologist, data administrator, and audio engineer in a participatory loop empowered the women in community to make choices knowing that their cultural property was being handled with respect and in a culturally appropriate manner.
dc.description.sponsorship National Foreign Language Resource Center
dc.format.extent 20 pages
dc.language.iso en-US
dc.publisher University of Hawaii Press
dc.rights Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International
dc.rights Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 United States
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/us/
dc.subject gender
dc.subject archival collections
dc.subject language documentation
dc.subject Australia
dc.subject Aboriginal languages
dc.title Working with ‘Women Only’: Gendered protocols in the digitization and archiving process
dc.type Article
dc.type.dcmi Text
prism.startingpage 1
prism.endingpage 35
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