Para-archives are informal accounts, idiosyncratic collections and poetic inventories of various excerpts from the surrounding world. The prefix para- takes on several meanings here. As the etymology indicates, coming from the Greek the term denotes that which happens beside, is amiss and out of place. But para- might also mean a state of being distant from and yet analogous to something or someone (as in paramilitary). Here, the prefix para- is used primarily to indicate the parallel nature of personal collecting and archiving in relation to other streams of everyday life, and also as to differentiate them from other, official archiving practices undertaken by, for example, memory institutions (such as state archives and museums), concerned with the formalization, accumulation, preservation, and administration of historical documents. Besides that, para-archiving can be seen as one that occurs parallel to other kinds of both voluntary and non-voluntary, automated, imperceptible capturing and micro-archiving practices and mechanisms inscribed deeply in the workings of today's computational technologies and network services. If you engage in para-archival practices yourself, or know of someone who does, and would like to collaborate on a booklet within the series, please get in touch directly via the same email address. Also, do not hestitate to get in touch if you would like to organize a talk, presentation or workshop on para-archiving and creative techniques of documenting everyday life.


The project has been a part of doctoral research and publication "Para-archives: Rethinking Personal Practices in the Times of Capture Culture" conducted between 2013-2017 at Malmo University, School of Arts and Communications. It was also a part of the Living Archives research project financed by the Swedish Research Council.