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Transnational and Multilingual Archives Workshop


Are you a researcher or an institute representative who is interested in working or works with multilingual and transnational archival materials? This workshop is for you!

Transnational and Multilingual Archives Workshop is on October 26, 2023, at the Finnish Literature Society (Hallituskatu 1, Helsinki) and The National Library of Finland (Unioninkatu 36).

9.00-11.15 Lectures (Finnish Literature Society)
11.15- 13.00 Lunch
13.00-17.00 Workshop and panel discussion (National Library of Finland)

Please note, that the morning session at the Finnish Literature Society is now open for audience. More information and the schedule for the morning session are available on Finnish Literature Society’s website. The registration for the whole day workshop is closed and the afternoon workshops are open only for participants who have registered.

Transnational and multilingual archive materials, e.g., immigrant archives, are often hard to identify because they are indexed with a presumption of a hegemonic language or clear nationality and cultural identity. The aim of the workshop is to find new tools to identify multilingual materials from the archives and discuss the questions of multicultural identities regarding archiving. Digital Humanities have provided some promising tools for this purpose. However, we also need to sustain and develop traditional close reading of archive material. The often-diasporic nature of multicultural archives calls for a revaluation of the concept of national archives (Sutton & Livingstone 2018). Digitalization transforms our understanding of location, access and preservation of archival materials which raises important questions concerning the polyphonic voices of multicultural archival materials.

The purpose of the workshop is to gather researchers and personnel of memory organizations etc. to discuss the theme. The day will begin with an open morning session at the Finnish Literature Society with lectures by David C. Sutton (University of Reading) and Daniel Necas (Immigration History Research Center Archives, University of Minnesota). The afternoon workshop at The National Library of Finland is open only for those, who have registered and who have been accepted into the workshop. The afternoon workshop will consist of two sessions where topics relating to the theme are discussed together. Because of the limited space, if there is large interest in the workshop, the attendees will be chosen based on the description of interest asked in the registration form. The day will end in a panel discussion about the actual challenges in archival collections of Finnish migrants in North America. What kind of solutions could be found to these challenges? Working language is English and the workshop is only for on-site participants.

Questions we want to discuss and seek to answer include (but are not limited to):

  • How the changing world with different kinds of cultural and multilingual actors affect and challenge archives and archiving systems?
  • How multilingual archive materials can be found?
  • What kind of tools could help the research and management processes of multilingual and multicultural archives?
  • How nationally organized archives can respond to transnational and multicultural materials?
  • How can we guarantee the preservation of minority archives?

To participate in the whole workshop day (both morning and afternoon sessions), please fill the registration form by the 18th of September. Attendance for the whole day is expected. The acceptance will be announced by 29.9. via email.

The workshop is organized by two projects funded by the Kone foundation “The connections between Finnish poetry and the rekilaulu singing culture: forms, meanings and transnationalism” and “T-Bone Slim and the transnational poetics of the migrant left in North America”, and ARNE (archive research network).


Contact information:


David C. Sutton & Ann Livingstone (eds) 2018: The future of literary archives : diasporic and dispersed collections at risk. Leeds: Arc Humanities Press