Paul V. Dudman

Position: Archivist

Telephone: +44 (0) 208 223 7676


Contact address:

Room DL.G.02
The Refugee Archives at UEL
Library & Learning Service
University of East London
Docklands Campus
4-6 University Way
E16 2RD

Brief Biography

Paul V. Dudman has been the Archivist at the University of East London (UEL) Archives for over 18 years, and whose archives include the British Olympic Association Archive; East London People’s Archive; Hackney Empire Theatre Archive; and the Refugee Council Archive. Paul has worked on a number of archival civic engagement projects exploring issues surrounding the ethical documentation of migration narratives and the role of theatre as means of performing and representing narratives as a tool for empowerment and social change. Paul’s research interests are focused on refugee history and 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 and Information Studies and Archival Science, both from Aberystwyth University. Paul’s research focus incorporate archival theory; oral history; narrative research; refugee studies and history.

Paul is involved in a number of activities within the fields of archives and refugee/migration issues. Paul is the Editor for the journal Displaced Voices: A Journal of Archives, Migration and Cultural Heritage hosted on our Living Refugee Archive online portal. Additionally, Paul is a co-convenor of the IASFM (International Association for the Study of Forced Migration) Working Group on the History of Forced Migration and Refugees: An International Working Group for Archiving and Documentation and Programme Affairs and Innovation Office for the IASFM Executive Committee. Paul is also a Lead Convenor for the Oral History Society Special Interest Group on Migration, and is a member of the International Federation of Theatre Research (IFTR).

Paul has previously served as a co-convenor of the British Sociology Association Diaspora, Migration and Transnationalism Study Group; Web Lead and New Dissemination Practices & Public Engagement in Forced Migration Research Cluster Co-lead for the Emerging Scholars and Practitioners on Migration Issue (ESPMI) Network and has been involved with the Campaign for Voluntary Sector Archives within the UK.

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