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Mugging the Archive: Traces of Encounters, Spaces of Imagination

Stephanie Sadre-Orafai

This paper examines the online archive and image after-lives of 'mug shots,' or post-arrest booking photographs, in the contemporary US. As traces of encounters with law enforcement and corrections officers, these images are organized into networked institutional and state archives that simultaneously record individual identities while aggregating them to create offender types and pools.

Mon, 10 Feb 14 0

Sound and the Affective Archive: The Materiality of Post-9/11 Oral Histories

Pwyll ap Stifin

The capacities of the traditional archive, its ability to produce memory in a particular way, is intimately tied to the material register of the paper document or photograph. A very specific form of encounter with the past is generated through handling such materials in an archival space, and indeed, the architectonic space of the archive as an enclosure housing the traces of the past is produced through this encounter.

Mon, 10 Feb 14 0

Chronotopes or Elijah’s Pitfall: Sharing Life and Death in the Bosnian Town of Gacko

Safet HadziMuhamedovic

This paper proposes that the field of anthropological inquiry in the south-eastern Bosnian town of Gacko should be found in the complex interplay of historical, mythical and intimate time and place. To make these processes intelligible and indicate the indivisibilities of temporal and spatial arrangements, I employ the notion of chronotopes.

Mon, 10 Feb 14 0

Suspended Present, Erased Past: The Distorted Space and Time of the Common Camp

Irit Katz Feigis

Camps were and still are being used in Israel/Palestine as an instrument of the sovereign power to suspend, control and administer land and population in order to pursue territorial and demographic interests.

Fri, 07 Feb 14 0

No finery: clothing the poor in nineteenth-century England

Vivienne Richmond

Dr Vivienne Richmond, Department of History, reveals the importance of dress to the nineteenth-century English poor, who valued clothing not only for its practical utility, but also as a central element in the creation and assertion of collective and individual identities. This event marked the publication of new book by Cambridge University Press ‘Clothing the Poor in Nineteenth-century England’

Thu, 21 Nov 13 0