James Lowry

Lecturer, Liverpool University Centre for Archive Studies

Liverpool (United Kingdom)

From April 23 to April 30, 2019

Biography —

James Lowry is a lecturer at the Liverpool University Centre for Archive Studies. He has worked extensively in public sector information management, with a focus on open government data and records management systems. He is currently collaborating on the Refugee Rights in Records project, which aims to identify and make visible ways in which official records, bureaucratic practices and other more “irregular” forms and uses of records play crucial roles in the lives of displaced people. His recent publications include Displaced Archives, an edited collection published by Routledge in 2017, and Integrity in Government through Records Management, which he edited with Justus Wamukoya, published by Ashgate in 2014. James is Chair of the Association of Commonwealth Archivists and Records Managers, Secretary to the International Council on Archives Africa Programme, a trustee of the International Records Management Trust and series editor for Routledge Studies in Archives.

Project —

During my residency at Faber, I’m going to be thinking through issues of documentation in the transnational movement of people, particularly the uncommon types of official records that are used in exigency, such as the laissez-passer. Such documents are official attempts to respond to and regulate the messiness of the real world, but they illustrate the contingent and malleable nature of documentary and juridical regimes that are often presented as being immutable. This work is part of the Refugee Rights in Records project that I’m working on with principal investigator Prof. Anne Gilliland and others.