Area Studies Librarianship with Liladhar Pendse
Guest hosts are not only a great way for me to get ahead of schedule or allow me to take a break, but they bring in voices I may not normally have encountered, so I'm pleased that Natalia Estrada came to me with the idea of interviewing her friend and former colleague Liladhar Pendse. Among other things, Liladhar has done great work archiving digital content from Afghanistan since the American troops withdrew and the Taliban moved back in to control the country. In this episode, you'll hear about that and more of his important work.
CI224 Show Notes
In Circulating Ideas, Episode 224, guest host Natalia Estrada chatted with Liladhar Pendse, librarian for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies and the Caribbean and Latin American Studies at the University of California-Berkeley, about the concept of Area Studies, his work archiving Afghanistan’s digital and cultural content after the US withdrawal, the challenges of archiving war-torn areas such as Ukraine, and his advice for new librarians looking to enter his field.
After the Taliban regained control of Afghanistan, librarians raced to archive web content at risk of being taken down under ideological rule.
Collaborating to create the At-Risk Afghanistan Web Archive (ARAWA): A project at the University of California-Berkeley Library
SIGAR Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction Home Page
Volunteer initiative digitizing and backing up Ukrainian culture.
Liladhar's Google Scholar page
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