Performing the Jewish Archive

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Mission Statement

Performing the Jewish Archive’s mission is to deliver an outstanding project that:

  1. Plays a prominent role in the ongoing debates surrounding archives, performance, memory and Jewish culture
  2. Engages with archives in new, creative and innovative ways
  3. Challenges the hierarchical relationships between archives, artworks and performance
  4. Creates a new and sustainable archive for the future

Aims and Objectives

  1. To explore archives that have recently come to light (in South Africa, Prague, Australia, USA and Finland) and seek out archives that have yet to be located.  Already-established networks will be crucial in helping the team to follow existing leads in search of further archives.
  2. To disseminate the results of our research through scholarly outputs for academic beneficiaries and performances and community education projects for a wider-public audience.
  3. To theorise and reconceptualize Jewish archives.  This will be achieved through engagement with several types of archives such as creative works, traditional archival documentation and ethnographic archive. The focus will be on ensuing that no one archive is privileged over another, thereby creating a non-hierarchical and non-linear system.
  4. To develop methods of audience response testing which will help to determine how successful our performances are in generating audience engagement.
  5. To create a new, sustainable archive for the future and pathways for the perpetuation of our scholarly and performance related outcomes.  This will be done through the creation of an interactive public web resource featuring an online database of our project performances with links to supporting archival artefacts, associated conference/symposium presentations, publications and audience response data.



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