49th confab of IASA opens in Accra

Prof. Esi Sutherland Addy,(left) addressing the participants. With her are Prof. Kodzo Gavua(second from left) and others .Photo Michael Ayeh  (2)

Prof. Esi Sutherland Addy,(left) addressing the participants. With her are Prof. Kodzo Gavua(second from left) and others .Photo Michael Ayeh (2)

The 49th annual conference of the International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives (IASA) opened on Monday in Accra.

The four-day event has the theme “Access and accessibility – Archival policies and barriers in the age of global information exchange”.

The more than 150 participants who come from organisations and institutions that manage archives of all kinds would discuss issues including musical and video recordings, historic, literary, folkloric and ethnological sound and image documents.

They are also expected to discuss issues on theatre production and oral history-interviews, new recordings, bio-acoustics, environmental medical sounds, linguistic and dialect recordings as well as recordings for forensic purpose.

Professor Esi Sutherland Addy of the Institude of African Studies, speaking at the ceremony, said creative arts had contributed a lot to the development of the African continent, therefore, every effort must be made to sustain it in spite of the threat from the digital technology.

She indicated that digital technology had accounted for the lack of in-depth knowledge in the areas of the conservation, preservation and dissemination of sound and audiovisual memory of the world.

Professor Addy explained that the issue on how culture operated within an Africa situation and circumstance must be critically examined in a global and post colonial perspective to ensure that cherished values were not lost.

“It is of no wonder that the post colonial policy of Ghana, for example in formulating its cultural policy reflected on some of the priorities accepted in the transformational role of our culture.” She said.

“Our culture is the totality of the way of life involved by the people through experience and reflection in the attempt to fasten the harmonious co-existence with the environment.”

Prof. Addy indicated that culture was dynamic and gave meaning to the social, political, economic and religious practices of the people and also provided a distinct identity of the people.

The president of IASA, Professor Toby Seay, commended the organisers and the participants for their hard work and collaborations which had contributed to the effective functioning of the association as a medium of international co-operation between the archives that preserve recorded sound and audiovisuals.

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