ARCHIVE | Interdisciplinary methods of understanding the archive: violence, suppression and restoration

April 1, 2017


ARCHIVE | Interdisciplinary methods of understanding the archive: violence, suppression and restoration

Organized by the Seminar on Memory & Violence and sponsored by the Center for Humanities and Brabson Education and Library Foundation, with additional support from the Olin Library, ­­the ARCHIVE symposium is international and interdisciplinary in scope.  It explores the archive (broadly conceived) as a site of interpretation, projection, and collection, in both theoretical and physical contexts.  A central problem of the archive––namely its relationship to violence––will also be explored, as well the role of film and cinematic media in establishing, perpetuating or subverting the archive.
 

Panelists will discuss methods of documenting, projecting, collecting and interpreting as they relate to the archive, considering concepts such as erasure and suppression; alternative forms of remembering, and traces; primary as well as representational and symbolic violence; the dynamics of the suppression and loss; and other problems bound up with violence and memory––in short, many of the subjects that have been raised in seminar discussions, and that are central to the work of many in the group.
 

This symposium has been possible thanks to the generous support from the Center for Humanities at Washington University and the Brabson Library & Educational Foundation in St. Louis.  Additional support has been provided by Washington University Libraries, the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, and the American Culture Studies program (AMCS).

Link to symposium poster: /files/pages/imce/hkolk/archive_poster_large_0.pdf

 

Almstadtstrasse 43 (formerly Grenadierstrasse 7): Slide projection of former Hebrew bookstore, 1930, Berlin,1992,  33"X40" chromogenic photograph and on-location installation, Shimon Attie, courtesy of Jack Shainman Gallery, New York