November 6: Epistemological and Political Subjects

UN Mission in Mali, Timbuktu, December 05, 2013 – Abdul Wahid shows a manuscript from 14th century at his house in Timbuktu, via Flickr CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

PRESENTATIONS: Berkley, Lena H., Laura


  • Excerpt from Michel Foucault, Archaeology of Knowledge, trans. Smith (Harper & Row [1969]1972): 126-31.
  • Ann Laura Stoler, “Colonial Archives and the Acts of Governance,” Archival Science 2:1-2 (2002): 87-109.
  • Diana Taylor, “The Archive and the Repertoire” in The Archive and the Repertoire: Performing Cultural Memory in the Americas (Durham: Duke University Press, 2003): 16-33 [stop at 27]. Taylor discusses the limitations of the text-centric archive, then proposes more capacious and ethically and culturally sensitive archival and information management practices. She leads us into next week’s discussion….

Now, check out these two short applications:

Theaster Gates’s Stony Island Arts Bank, via Chicago Reader


Tina M. Campt, Image Matters: Archive, Photography, and the African Diaspora in Europe (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2012); Michelle Caswell, Ricardo Punzalan, and T-Kay Sangwand, “Critical Archival Studies” Special Issue of Journal of Critical Library and Information Studies 1:2 (2017); Verne Harris, “The Archival Sliver: Power, Memory, and Archives in South Africa,” Archival Science 2 (2002): 63-86; Dragan Kujundzic, “Archigraphia: On the Future of Testimony and the Archive to Come” Discourse 25:1/2 (2003): 16-88 [IBM + Holocaust]; Achille Mbembe, Decolonizing Knowledge and the Question of the Archive (Africa is a Country Ebook) [from a 2015 lecture @ Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research, Johannesburg); Paul Ricoeur, “Archives, Documents, Traces” In Charles Merewether, Ed., The Archive: Documents in Contemporary Art (MIT Press 2006): 66-69 [trade, evidence, testimony]; Ann Stoler, on Carnal Knowledge, RipRap (2002) {video}; Ann Laura Stoler, “Prologue in Two Parts” & “The Pulse of the Archive” In Along the Archival Grain: Epistemic Anxieties and Colonial Common Sense (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2009): 1-53; Christa Wolf, “So Who Could I Tell the Story To,” Harper’s (March 2013): 15-9 [on the Stasi archive].

ARCHIVING BODIES / PERFORMANCE: *Bill Bissell and Linda Caruso Haviland, eds., The Sentient Archive: Bodies, Performance, and Memory (Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press, 2018); Gunhild Borggreen and Rune Gade, eds., Performing Archives / Archives of Performance (Copenhagen: Museum Tusculanum Press, 2013); *André Lepecki, “The Body as Archive: Will to Re-enact and the Afterlife of Dances,” Dance Research Journal 42:2 (Winter 2010); *Rachel Mattson, “An Archive of Racial Fantasy,” Ligament 2:3 (January 2017); Tony Sant, ed., Documenting Performance: The Context and Processes of Digital Curation and Archiving (Bloomsbury 2017); Diana Taylor, “Archiving Performance: The Digital as Anti-Archive?” Animating the Archives Conference, Brown University {video} (December 3-5, 2009) [search iTunes for “Animating the Archives” choose “Keynote”];


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