SOAS University of London

Department of the History of Art and Archaeology, School of Arts

Digitising the past: The Growing Archival movement in Amman

Digitising the past: The Growing Archival movement in Amman
Jessica Rose Holland

Date: 1 March 2018Time: 5:30 PM

Finishes: 1 March 2018Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: B111

Type of Event: Seminar

Abstract: Amman has a host of archival digitisation projects underway, in national institutions, foreign public institutions and private collections; ranging from photographs stretching back 70 years through to multi-media records of past exhibitions at the city’s cultural institutions. One of the motivating factors is the imperative to document and preserve the heritage of the Middle East, as it goes through another decade of dramatic aesthetic and political change. The American Centre of Oriental Research (ACOR) Photo Archive currently provides a representative record of Jordan’s archaeological and social history spanning from 1955 to the early 2000s. Photos soon-to-be-digitized will feature subjects from Syria, Yemen, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Palestine, and Iran. Amman’s digitisation projects depict archiving as a stubborn act of resistance; a refusal to let rich resources become irrelevant by giving them new life as digital collections.

Photo credit: Photo by Rami G. Khouri, As-Salt, Jordan, c.1970s-1980s, copyright of ACOR Photo Archive ©

Convened by Professor Anna Contadini