I am currently working on completing this project. The information below outlines the reasons and aims of this project, focusing specifically on racial descriptions. Once the training pack is finished, it will aim to cover all underserved and erased groups.
Problematic labelling is the result of the colonised, euro-centric, patriarchal and classist society which still exists today. These combined issues created a space in which very privileged white males with little understanding of cultures minimised important historical items with problematic labels. The world is currently undergoing a political shift, previously overlooked groups are demanding, rightfully, that their voices are heard and they are empowered to represent themselves. Memory institutions, such as archives, have an ethical duty represent these groups in a respectful and honest way, without woke-washing the historical impurities of record keeping.
This will lead to a more historically accurate description of items and people, making it easier to search for them, resulting in an increase in overlooked groups using the archives as they will easily be able to access items linked to their heritage.
It is a daunting task, with many questions this toolkit will attempt to answer all of them:
- Where do I start?
- What language is acceptable?
- What impact will this have on archives?
——————————————————————————————–If you are interested in this training toolkit please contact me @jasskthethi or firstname.lastname@example.org for a quote.