Alexandra Leigh

PhD - Centre for HCI Design

Information Use and the Shaping of Archives

Archives present a complex information environment that has so far been relatively under-researched. A key infrastructure for humanities researchers, archives are comprised of both physical and digital elements that pose an important and promising site of study for human-information interaction research.

To date, most studies of humanities researchers in archives have assumed a mediational perspective that separates these end-users from the archive. This talk will question this focus, discussing recent findings from empirical work, which suggests that end-users have a key role in maintaining the archive by enacting archival structures that give meaning to the record.

About the speaker:

I am a current PhD student at City, University of London and co-supervised by The National Archives, UK. My PhD focuses on how humanities’ researchers create knowledge from archival materials, both physical and digital. I am particularly interested in the sociomaterial and situational aspects of archival interactions, including how the shift from in situ to ex situ research is changing researchers’ relationship with the archive. Prior to joining HCID, I worked as Archives Assistant at The National Gallery. I also hold an MA Digital Humanities and BA Classical Archaeology and Ancient History.

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