Talking Deadly: Mainly Pacific
With Lauren Booker
In 2017, Lauren Booker embarked on a Churchill Fellowship aiming to find specificity in ambiguity; to further provenance First Nation Ancestral remains via research at the Churchill Archives Centre (University of Cambridge). She also researched a selection of un-provenanced cultural materials from Australia held at the Field Museum (USA) which enabled the creation of a small ongoing metadata enrichment project.
For Talking Deadly: Mainly Pacific Lauren will present her experience engaging in archival research to further access information held within international collections of First Nation Australian cultural materials and related manuscripts. Lauren will discuss how the ideal future of these collections and archives rests upon activation; enriching metadata, increasing findability, accessibility and community self-determination.
Lauren Booker is a collections officer and research assistant at PARADISEC (the Pacific And Regional Archive for Digital Sources in Endangered Cultures) at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Her work at PARADISEC involves digitising recorded cultural material with endangered language communities for cultural and language revitalisation. Lauren was a 2017 Churchill Fellow and her current personal research focuses on repatriation and the issues of archival preservation of cultural materials.