Whether you are a historian, archaeologist, sociologist, philolgist or epigraphist, you are all dealing with « archives », in the broad – and sometimes loose – sense of the term: those that you strip, those that you manage, those that you produce. The aim of this seminar is to cross-reference approaches and questions around a type of document that constitutes a primary source for some, a secondary source for others, with particular emphasis on the methodological issues of this delicate « return to sources ». With what questions should we approach these collections? How to exploit the archives of administrations and institutions, how to deal with the heterogeneous collections of scholars or researchers? Which archives generate our disciplines? What vision – or illusion – do they produce, particularly in relation to the artefacts and other material traces they study or document? How can they be valued, interconnected and made more accessible?
This video is taken from a presentation by Emile Blettery and Paul Lecat at Futures Days in November 2019. It presents the research work of the Seine 54 project, which aims at aggregating census data from the Seine department with the IGN’s aerial photography collection. The presentation focuses in particular on the digitisation of data, the construction of a database and geographic information system, the georeferencing of aerial photographs and the development of the data covisualisation tool. These data are then used in a case study on the shantytowns of Nanterre.
Ordinary city mapping and architectural survey in Wua Lai neighbourhood, Chiang Mai
In the framework of Archival City project, our approach to documenting the ordinary city of Chiang Mai relies on the pedagogical trainings, notably on the Studio of Master’s degree « Heritage/Tourism, Contemporaneity/Development » which associates ENSA Paris-Belleville, Faculty of architecture of University of Chiang Mai, Faculty of architecture of Chulalongkorn University (Bangkok). The field workshop of this studio, organised each year on December in Chiang Mai since 2011, is an opportunity to produce the documents on Wua Lai neighbourhood, our case study. The archive of Wua Lai is an integral part of our corpus of study.
The Archival City delegation (Vincent Lemire, Yann Potin, Anne-Rose de Fontainieu and Georges Lomné) visited the municipal archive collection stored since 1992 in the former private library of Jacinto Jijón y Caamaño located in La Circasiana Park. They were accompanied by Julio Echeverría, local coordinator of Archival City, Jaime Bustos (UASB), Carlos Espinosa (USFQ), Sara Caicedo (USFQ) and Jeroen Derkinderen Lombeyda (doctoral student at UASB).
From 9:30 am, first day of work at the Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar (UASB), Edificio Olmedo, Aula 42.
Morning, first session (9:30-11:35) :
Almost all the Ecuadorian researchers associated with Archival City were present. The University Cooperation Attaché of the French Embassy in Ecuador, Mrs. Marjorie Grosclaude, honoured us with her presence.
A new article by Pijika Pumketkao and Karine Peyronnie about the heritage of Chiang-Mail is being published in the revue Mousson. It deals with the linguistic registers designating the urban and architectural heritage in Thailand, according to the actors (government institutions, heritage protection associations).
Archival City-Chiang Mai. Prefiguration of an exhibition proposed at the FUTURE DAYS 2020
As part of the Archival City programme, the Chiang Mai project proposes to set up an itinerant pop-up exhibition on Documenting theOrdinary Cities in South East Asia. A Case Study of Chiang Mai (Thailand), at the FUTURE DAYS 2020.
The first year Emergence revealed the great diversity of situations and types of archives according to the projects. This observation was the starting point for a reflection on the convergence of problematics in a context of profound transformation of the uses and practices of the public: in the age of the Internet, access to information is supposed to be available and immediate. We asked ourselves about the method of data processing and description to meet the scientific needs of the projects as well as how to make them accessible to the public through different tools and representations. Our objective was therefore to define how to implement cultural and technical interoperability.
Vincent Lemire, Georges Lomné, Yann Potin and Anne-Rose de Fontainieu will be in Quito from February 29th to March 3rd. They will meet all the Ecuadorian researchers involved in the Archival City project. The 11 researchers from the Simon Bolivar Andean University will present their work on urban change, historical semantics and places of social memory. The 8 FLACSO researchers will adopt a historical and anthropological perspective to address issues of space, power and daily life. Finally, the 5 researchers from the University of San Francisco are working on a geographic information system project on the matter of the spiritual city.