Performing the Jewish Archive

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Research objectives

The project aims to theorise and develop Jewish archives by engaging with a variety of formats such as creative works, traditional archival documentation and ethnographic archives whilst focussing on a non-hierarchical and non-linear system within the types of archive.

Performing the Jewish Archive wants to explore already discovered archives including those found in South Africa, Prague and Australia as well as seeking out those which have not yet been located. To achieve this, already-established networks will be central to help the team follow existing leads in search of further archives.

Additionally, publicising the results of our research is important to the project. This will be achieved through the use of scholarly outputs for academic beneficiaries, performances and community education projects for a wider-public audience.

Another aim is to develop methods of audience response testing to determine the how successful our performances are in generating audience enjoyment.

Furthermore we aim to create a new and sustainable archive for the future and pathways for the continuation of our outcomes both scholarly and performance related. To achieve this, an interactive public web resource will be created featuring an online database of our project performances which have links to supporting archival artefacts, associated conference/symposium presentations, publications and audience response data.

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