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CFP AISNA Biennial 2019 – \”Decolonizing the Digital Archive\”

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    Thinking about going to Sicily for a great conference ( at the end of September? Please consider this CfP, and send a proposal to us.

    Panel Coordinators:
    Sonia Di Loreto, University of Turin,
    Stefano Morello, The Graduate Center, CUNY,
    Deadline June 15

    In recent years we have witnessed a proliferation of digital archival work –often (but not always) in the form of open access platforms developed to gather, preserve, and share historical documents. The very nature of open accessibility counters a rhetoric of retreat and the construction of barriers among knowledge producers and consumers –by refusing ownership over its content and seeking collaborative and communal engagement in both interpretational and curatorial work, open access digital archives are often decentralized archives that provide modes for democratic access, exchange, and co-construction of knowledge.As digital archives are beginning to define the work that we do, an interdisciplinary effort, spearheaded by digital humanists, has increasingly focused on theorizing the affordances offered by the digital form and the power structures and silences of the archive in colonial and capitalist knowledge regimes. Projects such as the Early Caribbean Digital Archive (ECDA), Colored Conventions, and Chicana Por Mi Razahave proposed different tactics –such as remixing, reassembling, and decentralizing –to decolonize the archive and violate the epistemic boundaries and the structure knowledge that it seeks to enforce.
    In this panel, we hope to explore questions at the intersections of theory and praxis, as we consider how digital tools can be theorized, hacked, and used in service of decolonizing the archive. This panel seeks to explore not only digital archives as repositories of historical document, but also their capacity to collect real-time produced knowledge. We also invite contributions that look at pedagogical practices based on digital archival work,, digital platforms that speak to multiple constituencies and online projects that serve as Open Educational Resources.

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