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This interdisciplinary subject examines the maintenance of culture using digital methods. New forms of conservation care is considered in terms of technical and ethical protocols. A mix of seminars and workshops investigate the application of decision making models in a variety of work environments, from academic and state institutions, to Indigenous and community organisations. An engagement with critical theory is required to analyse digital infrastructures currently organising preservation procedures in diverse cultural settings. Students will examine documentary practices within conservation workflows through a range of media-based materials and digital formats.
During the pre-teaching period students are expected to complete the course readings, review the lectures and any other course preparation as outlined on the LMS. The LMS will become available at the commencement of the pre-teaching dates.
Intended learning outcomes
Students who complete this subject will:
- Articulate the challenges relating to the digital preservation of culture.
- Grasp the historical, social and technical forces shaping conservation practices.
- Debate the role of conservation in diverse digital domains.
- Strategically think about the uses of new technological arrangements in everyday conservation practice.
- Theorise digital heritage practices in a range of economic, social and cultural settings.
- Be able to consult with key stakeholders and partner institutions on the challenges of developing and maintaining digital archives, records and collections.
- Gain a critical perspective on emerging conservation practices now and into the future.
Last updated: 10 November 2019