Professor Schnapp's talk is broadly concerned with the past, present and future of archives, centering on the challenges of designing new kinds of user-centered archival repositories. He focuses in particular on some experiments underway at metaLAB in the area of crisis archiving (the Digital Archive of Japan 2011 Disasters), working with object-based collections (Teaching with Things), and participatory curation and processing (Curarium.com).
Jeffrey Schnapp is currently faculty co-director of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society (Harvard University), Professor of Romance Languages & Literature at Harvard University, and also on the teaching faculty in the Department of Architecture at Harvard's Graduate School of Design. He is also the faculty director of metaLAB (at) Harvard. Before moving to Harvard in 2011, Professor Schnapp occupied the Pierotti Chair of Italian Studies at Stanford, where he founded the Stanford Humanities Lab in 1999.