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‘Archive Man’

Stephen Poliakoff and the Archive

Elizabeth Robertson

‘Dusty archives are one powerful recurring symbol.’ 1 In 2003, the journalist Johann Hari noted the central importance of the archive to the writer-director Stephen Poliakoff's work. Since the turn of the century, Poliakoff's work has become

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Austrian “Gypsies” in the Italian archives

Historical ethnography on multiple border crossings at the beginning of the twentieth century

Paola Trevisan

anthropologists in archival sources—interrogated from an ethnographic perspective—which have shown themselves to be indispensable for the historical anthropology of the Romani worlds ( Tauber and Trevisan, 2019: 3–12 ). The current work is part of this

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Elizabeth C. Macknight

This article presents two case studies, from Scotland and the Scottish Islands, of communities' engagement with archives and their attitudes toward heritage. The case studies arise out of knowledge transfer between an historian employed in an academic role at a Scottish university and two “third sector“ organizations. By comparing the perspectives of historians, archivists, and community organizations the article shows the different ways in which these separate interest groups perceive the value of archives. It then points to some of the possibilities and challenges of working collaboratively to deepen understanding about the past and to create wider opportunities, now and in the future, for historical interpretation, teaching, learning, and research. In the era of digital technologies, it is recommended that undergraduate students be taught the key concepts of archival theory and practice, while also being encouraged to experience working with original archival documents.

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Elizabeth Edwards

This paper addresses ways in which the aphasic nature of the colonial archive in postcolonial Britain causes a displacement in the archival imagination as ‘elsewhere’. I use the concept of the historical elsewhere to demonstrate the deep structural patterns in the denial of the relevance of the potentially dystopic colonial archive in public historical narratives. Looking especially at the photographic archive, I explore ways in which photographs cut across these mechanisms of disavowal, as the visual both challenges the aphasic through its insistent claims to presence, and through its ambiguous relationship to the time and space that constitute the elsewhere.

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Paul Basu and Ferdinand De Jong

Colonial archives constituted a technology that enabled the collection, storage, ordering, retrieval and exchange of knowledge as an instrument of colonial governance. It is not surprising that when such archives were inherited by independent nation‐states they were not given the authority previously granted them and have often been neglected. What, then, is the future of colonial archives in postcolonial nations? How should we rethink these archives in relation to decolonial futures? This essay introduces a collection of articles that explore the repertoires of action latent in archives and how colonial archives are being reconfigured to imagine decolonial futures.

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Joshua A. Bell

Years of resource extraction by multinational corporations have transformed the Purari Delta into a resource frontier where communities’ desires, subjectivities and histories are being unevenly reconfigured. Focusing on the struggles of I'ai communities for recognition by the Papua New Guinean government as traditional resource owners, I examine how, in the wake of the destruction of regional archives and the perceived inaccessibility of PNG's National Archives, men are marshalling new assemblages of evidence: written ancestral histories, heirloom objects, found images and maps. I explore how I'ai men are strategically deploying these materials to actualise their utopian dreams of recognition.

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Archival Resistance

Reading the New Right

Annika Orich

, people turned to the archives of the Frankfurt School to find explanations for the recent ascent of right-wing radicalism as well as the drastically changing electoral landscape of present-day Germany. The 2019 rediscovery and publication of Adorno

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Gendered Images and Soviet Subjects

How the Komsomol Archive Enriched My Understanding of Gender in Soviet War Culture

Adrienne M. Harris

with the methods of gender history. As I evolved from a graduate student in a Slavic languages and literatures program to a scholar who publishes on gender history, two archives have shaped the development of my research questions; I will discuss these

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Photography as Archive

The Self and Other in Isolation: An Interview with Saiful Huq Omi, followed by The Human that Is Lacking: A response to Saiful Huq Omi's photograph

Yousif M. Qasmiyeh and Saiful Huq Omi

, but this is how it is. YMQ : Your photographs have been exhibited worldwide to international critical acclaim. If we were to raise the question of the archive in photography and query, if possible, the afterlives of such photographs, in what ways, in

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Online Documents of India’s Past

Digital Archives and Memory Production

Katja Müller

& Narrative based Archive”—the background now changes to a yellowed map of the Indian subcontinent—“presents true stories of the Indian Subcontinent … presented by people from all over the world.” After these introductory statements, the film shows about three