What Archivists Can Learn from Cosmology

I just presented a paper at AERI 2013 (Archival Education and Research Institute). You can download the paper here.

What Archivists Can Learn from Cosmology: The Enduring Paradigm in Einstein’s Universe


Archivists and archival educators have become increasingly interested in expanded conceptions of archives. This movement is best captured by the Pluralizing the Archival Curriculum Group, which asks “How do we move from an archival universe dominated by one cultural paradigm to an archival multiverse[?]” (p. 73). Although there is a growing interest in incorporating multiple perspectives into archives thinking, rarely do concepts from the physical sciences get incorporated into these discussions. This paper will explore concepts from cosmology that have extensive bearing on how archives are conceptualized. Further, it will explore how these concepts are incorporated into the archives discourse, and conclude with suggesting a way that archivists of the future may incorporate this thinking into their descriptive practices.