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The Future of Documents: documenting performance

City's Department of Library & Information Science is hosting a day centred on the describing, recording, archiving and preservation of performance, including dance, music, theatre, performance art and visual art.
by City Press Office (General enquiries)

On 31st October 2016, City, University of London's Department of Library & Information Science, #citylis, will host a one day interdisciplinary symposium, which aims to bring together scholars, researchers, artists and practitioners from the disciplines of library & information science and theatre & performance.

This free, informal, event, will be held between 10.30am and 5pm, in City's Northampton Suite.  At 5pm there will be a drinks reception sponsored by #citylis and Midsea Books.

CityLisThe symposium's goal is to share and consider respective conceptual views of documents, and the processes and procedures associated with documentation.

The day will focus on the describing, recording, archiving and preservation of performance, including: dance, music, theatre, performance art and visual art.

Bring your own devices

The event has attracted over 75 participants and international speakers.

Dr Lyn Robinson, Head of Library & Information Science (LIS) at City, commented that she was extremely pleased with the level of interest in the symposium, which is the first to bring together researchers in documentation from LIS and theatre & performance.  

“Our aim is to start a conversation, and to foster a more interdisciplinary awareness of how we can answer questions of collection, preservation and access to the record of performance, an important part of our cultural heritage.”

There will be a mix of presentations and discussion around practice and theory of documentation. Participants are encouraged to bring their own devices, and to blog and tweet about the sessions. The symposium's hashtags are #docperform and #citylis. Network access via EduRoam and guest wifi will be available.  

Further information and a link for registration can be found on the event website:

Though this event is now sold out, please keep checking the Eventbrite site for cancellations.

Library & Information Science

Library & Information Science (LIS) is a long-standing academic discipline, with its own set of theories and perspectives. It focuses on the study of the communication chain of recorded information and supports the practice of librarianship, information management, archiving and records management as well as other collection professions. Although it makes full use of technology, LIS is rooted in the humanities and social sciences. LIS is centred around an understanding of documents and the ways in which they are managed; particularly the new forms of digital and immersive documents now becoming available.

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