Readings: Theorizing “the Archive”

Theorizing “The Archive” explores one of the fundamental tools of black digital scholarship—the archive. We examine how the authority, reliability and completeness of the archive can be challenged when scholars engage with sources in traditional, unorthodox and unanticipated ways.

Primary Readings

  • Caswell, M. (2014). “Inventing new archival imaginaries: Theoretical foundations for identity-based community archives.” In Identity Palimpsests: Ethnic Archiving in the U.S. and Canada (35-55). Sacramento, CA: Litwin Books. Winner, 2014 Library Juice Paper Competition.
  • Drake, J.M. (2016). “Liberatory Archives: Towards Belonging and Believing,” Parts 1 and 2. Retrieved from here and here
  • Eshun, K. (2003). Further considerations on afrofuturism. The New Centennial Review, 3(2), 287-302. Retrieved from Muse.
  • Hartman, S. (2008). Venus in two acts. Small Axe, 12(2), 1-14. Retrieved from Muse.
  • Jules, B. (2016). “Confronting our failure of care around the legacies of marginalized people in the archives.” Retrieved from here.

Supplementary Readings

  • Drake, J.M. (2016). “Expanding #ArchivesforBlackLives to Traditional Archival Repositories.” Retrieved from here.
  • Edwards, B.H. (2012). The taste of the archive. Callaloo, 35(4), 944-972. Retrieved from Muse.
  • Florini, S. (2014). Recontextualizing the racial present by retelling the past: Intertextuality and the politics of remembering online. Critical Studies in Media Communication, 31(4), 314-326.
  • Olson, H. (2001). The power to name: Representation in library catalogs. Signs, 26(3), 639-668.
  • Punzalan, R. L., and M. Caswell. (2016). Critical directions for archival approaches to social justice. The Library Quarterly 86(1), 25-42.
  • Special Issue, December 2015. The question of recovery: slavery, freedom, and the archive. Social Text, 33(4 125). Introduction retrieved here.