I-CHORA is a well-established series of conferences dedicated to cross-disciplinary explorations of the history of records and archives.

I-CHORA 7 will be held in Amsterdam, from July 29th to 31st, 2015; it will be hosted by the University of Amsterdam, Department of Media Studies, and the Amsterdam School for Heritage and Memory Studies.

The conference will take place at the site of the Amsterdam City Archives, in the De Bazel Conference Centre, an impressive art deco building in the heart of the old city.

The theme of I-CHORA 7 is Engaging with Archives and Records: Histories and Theories. The Call for Papers invited a wide range of scholars and practitioners (including social historians, cultural theorists, communication and media specialists, archivists, librarians, and other information professionals) to reflect on the following topics:

• hidden (and not so hidden) histories of particular recordmaking and recordkeeping cultures and communities
• the making/unmaking/remaking of records in times of conflict and war
• silences in the records
• communities and diasporas of records
• histories of archival concepts, functions, and methods through time andacross disciplines
• user perspectives on the archive through time and across disciplines
• theorizing the history of archives in the wake of the archival turn
• historicizing and theorizing the archive and archives in the digital world

From documentary practices in 15th-century Sicily to the archival impulse in contemporary art, the programme for I-CHORA 7 provides a forum for lively debates about the history and future of archives. We welcome you to enjoy the wide-ranging topics and perspectives of this year’s presentations!

I-CHORA 7 offers a unique opportunity for scholars and practitioners to come together in an inspiring city and venue to engage with histories and theories of records and archives.

The language of the conference is English.