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This collection features scholarly work by Kim Christen, professor and director of the Digital Technology and Culture Program at Washington State University. Christen is also the director of the Center for Digital Scholarship and Curation, at the university. Her work explores the intersections of cultural heritage, archival access, traditional knowledge, intellectual property rights, the ethics of openness, and the use of digital technologies in and by indigenous communities globally. Dr. Christen received her Ph.D. from the history of consciousness department at the University of California at Santa Cruz in 2004. Her academic research and grant-funded projects focuses on the intersection of digital technologies, intellectual property rights, archival process, and cultural heritage movements within indigenous communities and the global commons.

Recent Submissions

  • Tribal Archives, Traditional Knowledge, and Local Contexts: Why the “s” Matters 

    Christen, Kimberly (Journal of Western Archives, 2015)
    In this article I examine the landscape of tribal or Indigenous archival management as it relates to digital assets and, more specifically, how these might help us reimagine the intellectual property needs of local, ...
  • Does Information Really Want to be Free? Indigenous Knowledge Systems and the Question of Openness 

    Christen, Kimberly (International Journal of Communication, 2012)
    The "information wants to be free" meme was born some 20 years ago from the free and open source software development community. In the ensuing decades, information freedom has merged with debates over open access, digital ...
  • Opening Archives: Respectful Repatriation 

    Christen, Kimberly (American Archivist, 2011)
    In the last twenty years, many collecting institutions have heeded the calls by indigenous activists to integrate indigenous models and knowledge into mainstream practices. The digital terrain poses both possibilities and ...
  • Anthropology in/of Circulation: The Future of Open Access and Scholarly Societies 

    Kelty, Christopher M.; Fischer, Michael M. J.; Golub, Alex; Jackson, Jason Baird; Christen, Kimberly; Brown, Michael F.; Boellstorff, Tom (Cultural Anthropology, 2008-08)
    Presented here is a conversation among anthropologists whose research and experience have given them special insight into recent changes in the ways scholarship is produced and shared.
  • Archival Challenges and Digital Solutions in Aboriginal Australia 

    Christen, Kimberly (Society for American Archaeology, 2008-08)
    This article considers the shift in museums and archives toward repatriating cultural materials to indigenous communities and how digital technologies play into this trend. It notes challenges inherent to the digitization ...
  • Tracking Properness: Repackaging Culture in a Remote Australian Town 

    Christen, Kimberly (Cultural Anthropology, 2006-08)
    This article examines the production and circulation of digitized indigenous traditions as cultural objects that repackage tradition and reposition indigeneity. From its initial release in 2000, Yawulyu Mungamunga Women's ...
  • Changing the Default: Taking Aboriginal Systems of Accountability Seriously 

    Christen, Kimberly (World Anthropologies Network, 2006-05)
    In what follows, the author examines how recent indigenous digital projects challenge both expanded copyright laws as a means to “protect” indigenous culture and the very notion of “communal” rights as the primary state ...