AI & Archives Symposium

Thursday 27th April 2023; 10:00-17:00 BST

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AI and Archives: Explorations, Possibilities and Challenges explores the possibilities and challenges afforded by AI in archives, and does so specifically from an intersectional, eco, feminist perspective. The purpose of this symposium is to share interest in, knowledge of and concerns with AI systems in archives and archival practices. We see this event as an opportunity to engage in conversation and to support further formal and informal networking and collaboration. We are therefore launching a call for papers and welcome the perspectives and experiences of scholars, technologists, archivists, and practitioners.

This hybrid symposium, a collaboration between Women in Focus, Full Stack Feminism, and the Sussex Humanities Lab, is concerned with questions of if and how AI might be deployed within archive contexts and what the implications and consequences of this might be. We start from the position that AI systems inherit the biases of their creators and require a feminist praxis to ensure that AI tools are ethical and equitable and reduce rather than perpetuate existing problematic hierarchies and power structures in archives and other cultural heritage institutions. Invited speakers include Dr Lise Jaillant, Senior Lecturer in Digital Humanities, Loughborough University, who is running three AHRC-funded international projects on Archives and Artificial Intelligence, including the AURA Network.

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This event is funded jointly by the AHRC-IRC projects; Women in Focus and Full Stack Feminism, alongside the Sussex Humanities Lab.

Full Stack Feminism and Women in Focus are funded by UKRI-AHRC and the Irish Research Council under the ‘UK-Ireland Collaboration in the Digital Humanities Research Grants Call’ (Full Stack Feminism: grant numbers AH/W001667/1 and IRC/W001667/1, Women in Focus: grant numbers grant IRC/W001756/1 and AH/W001756/1).