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Paul Vernon Dudman

Archivist

Paul Dudman is the Archivist based at the University of East London.  Paul has been responsible for the Refugee Council Archive at UEL since 2002 and has over a decade’s experience working within higher education archives.

    Paul has over a decade's experience working within the Higher Education Archives field and is currently responsible for the Archive collections held here at UEL.  The University of East london has collectiong strengths within the fields of refugee and forced migration studies; Olympic and sports studies; and theatre studies.  Our current collections include the Refugee Council Archive; Hackney Empire Theatre Archive; and the British Olympic Association Archive and Library.


    Paul Dudman is the Archivist based at the University of East London.  Paul has been responsible for the Refugee Council Archive at UEL since 2002 and has over a decade’s experience working within higher education archives.  Paul has been involved with the Campaign for Voluntary Sector Archives and is a co-convenor of the IASFM (International Association for the Study of Forced Migration) Working Group on for the Archiving and Documentation of the History of Forced Migration.  Paul is currently working on two civic engagement projects to create an online portal for mental health practitioners and to work with performing arts students at UEL to create participatory performance pieces based upon narratives found in our archival collections.  Paul is interested in the role of archives in helping to support the collection and preservation of first-hand life histories and testimonies both for their importance for allowing often marginalised voices to be heard and for their ability to support refugee advocacy.  On behalf of the Refugee Archives at UEL, Paul has been undertaken civic engagement and outreach work to raise awareness of the importance of refugee archives and to encourage the use of oral history in documenting life histories of refugees. Paul is a member of a range of professional bodies including the Archives and Records Association, the Oral History Society, the International Council on Archives, the British Records Association and the International Association for the Study of Forced Migration.
    Paul's research interests are focused on the role of archives in documenting and preserving the personal narratives and life histories of migration.  Paul has a background in history and postgraduate qualifications in in both Library Studies and Archival Science.  Paul's research interests incorporate archival theory; oral history; narrative research; refugee studies and history.  Paul's is also know to dabble in Web Design and Social Media.
    Paul is involved in a number of projects including being a Co-convenor of the IASFM (International Association for the Study of Forced Migration) Working Group on the Archiving and Documentation of the History of Forced Migration and also the Oral History Society Special Interest Group on Migration.  Paul is also responsible for Web and Strategy at the Migration and Asylum Network and the Emerging Scholars and Practitioners on Migration Issues Network.  Paul has worked with the Campaign for Voluntary Sector Archives and manages the Living Refugee Archive website.

    Current Research

    Paul is currently working on developing an Oral History Special Interest Group in conjunction with the Oral History Society whilst continuing to develop the IASFM Working Group for Archiving and Documentation of History of Forced Migration and Refugees.


    Collaborators

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    Paradoxical narratives of transcultural encounters of the “other”: Civic engagement with refugees and migrants in London

    Rumana, H. ; Dudman, P.V.. 2016. Transnational Social Review: A Social Work Journal. 192-199.

    UEL Civic Engagement Funding

    Paul has been involved in three successful projects funded by the University of East London's Civic Engagement fund.  The projects to date have included the:

    1)  Performing the Archive: Living Narratives of Politics and Performance.  Project run in conjunction with the Centre for Performing Arts at UEL during 2016.

    2)  The Refugee Mental Health and Wellbeing Portal.  Project undertaken in collaboration with the UEL School of Psychology during 2016.

    3)  Democratic Access or Privileged Exclusion? Civic Engagement through the Preservation and Access to Refugee Archives.  A project undertaken in 2015 in collaboration with the UEL Centre for Migration, Refugees and Belonging.

    Paul's current interests lie within the fields of refugee and forced migration studies; archival science; history and oral history.


    Paul has been working in the library and archive professional for almost 15 years now and Paul is currently a member of the Archives and Records Association; the Oral History Society; British Records Association; the international Council on Archives and the International Association for the Study of Forced Migration.
    Paul has had a long term interest in History after graduating from the University of Southampton with an honours degree in the subject.