November 13: Acknowledging and Addressing Archival Injustices

Archivist handling Guatemalan National Police Historical Archive materials, via University of Texas Libraries

PRESENTATIONS: Layne, Peggy, Alonso, Aarati


Optional: Other Case Studies:

Missing Data Sets, via Mimi Onuoha


Archivists Against History Repeating Itself; See the work of Michelle Caswell, including Michelle Caswell & Marika Cifor, “From Human Rights to Feminist Ethics: Radical Empathy in the Archives,” Archivaria 81 (Spring 2016); Marika Cifor, “Affecting Relations: Introducing Affect Theory to Archival Discourse,” Archival Science 16:1 (March 2016): 7-31; Kate Eichhorn, The Archival Turn in Feminism: Outrage in Order (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2013); Anne J. Gilliland and Michelle Caswell, “Records and Their Imaginaries: Imagining the Impossible, Making Possible the Imagined,” Archival Science 16:1 (2016): 53-75; Gayatri Gopinath, “Archive, Affect, Everyday: Queer Diasporic Re-Visions” In Political Emotions, ed. by Janet Staiger, Ann Cvetkovich, and Ann Morris Reynolds (New York: Routledge, 2010): 165-92; Verne Harris, “The Hospitable Archivist” Volume 15 “Destination Library” (2008): 96-9 [all of Harris’s work is valuable]; IMLS, “Mukurtu Software Preserves Indigenous Digital Heritage Through Technologies of Today,” IMLS Project Profiles (November 16, 2015); Journal of Critical Library and Information Studies; Bergis Jules, “Confronting Our Failure of Care Around the Legacies of Marginalized People in the Archives,” On Archivy (November 11, 2016); Bess Sadler and Chris Bourg, “Feminism and the Future of Library Discovery,” code 4 lib (April 15, 2015).

ACKNOWLEDGING AND REDRESSING ABSENCE AND ERASURE: Paul Benzon and Sarah Sweeney, eds., “The Aesthetics of Erasure” Special Issue of Media-N 11:1 (Spring 2015); Michelle Caswell, Archiving the Unspeakable: Silence, Memory, and the Photographic Record in Cambodia (Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press, 2014); *Saidiya Hartman, “Venus in Two Acts,” Small Axe 12:2 (June 2008): 1-14; Lae’l Hughes-Watkins, “Filling in the Gaps: Using Outreach Efforts to Acquire Documentation on the Black Campus Movement, 1965-1972,” Archival Issues 36:1 (2014): 27-42; Lae’l Hughes-Watkins, “Moving Toward a Reparative Archive: A Roadmap for a Holistic Approach to Disrupting Homogenous Histories in Academic Repositories and Creating Inclusive Spaces for Marginalized Voices,” Journal of Contemporary Archival Studies 5:6: (2018); Benjamin C. Hutchens, “Techniques of Forgetting? Hypo-Amnesic History and the An-Archive” SubStance 36: 2 (2007): 37-55; Lauren F. Klein, “The Image of Absence: Archival Silence, Data Visualization, and James Hemings,” American Literature 85:4 (2013): 661-88; Mimi Onuoha, “Machine Learning Is Being Used to Uncover the Mass Graves of Mexico’s Missing,” Quartz (April 19, 2017); Thomas Padilla, “Engaging Absence,” Thomas Padilla (February 26, 2018); *Kirsten Weld, Paper Cadavers: The Archives of Dictatorship in Guatemala (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2014); Pamela Yates, Paco de Onis, and Peter Kinoy, Granito (2012) [film].

COMMUNITY ARCHIVING: Michelle Caswell, Marika Cifor, and Mario H. Ramirez, “’To Suddenly Discover Yourself Existing’: Uncovering the Affective Impact of Community Archives,” The American Archivist 79 (Spring/Summer 2016): 56-81; *Michelle Caswell, Christopher Harter, and Bergis Jules, “Diversifying the Digital Historical Record: Integrating Community Archives in National Strategies for Access to Digital Cultural Heritage,” d-Lib Magazine 23:5/6 (May/June 2017); Terry Cook, “Evidence, Memory, Identity, and Community: Four Shifting Archival Paradigms,” Archival Science 13:2/3 (2013): 95-120; Abigail De Kosnik, Rogue Archives: Digital Cultural Memory and Media Fandom (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2016); Bruce Lazorchak, “Ian MacKaye and Citizen Archiving,” The Signal: Digital Preservation (Library of Congress blog) (May 8, 2013); **State Crime 7:1 (Spring 2018) [on Mosireen, the Syrian Archive, etc.); Lauren Tilton and Grace Elizabeth Hale, “Participatory Archives,” Archive Journal (August 2017). LOCAL RESOURCES: CUNY Center for Humanities “Community Archives” research group; Interference Archive; Lesbian Herstory Archives

LIBRARIES’ RESISTANCE: Jarrett M. Drake, “How Libraries Can Trump the Trend to Make America Hate Again,” On Archivy (April 4, 2017); Shannon Mattern, “Public In/Formation,” Places Journal (November 2016).


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