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What are the traces of toxicity in this place?

Monday, February 10, 2020 - 12:00am

The notion of "trace" in the archive becomes more of a remedy to toxicity. Trace comes to mean a slight sign of what is excluded, a means of interrogating the silences in the archive.

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How are essentialist constructs (of people, products, places) mobilized and imposed in this place, undercutting recognition of

Sunday, February 9, 2020 - 11:58pm

It is the other way around. Essentialized constructions of people and places are mobilized through the archive and toxics of exclusion.

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What are the symptoms of toxicity and how are they named (or not)?

Sunday, February 9, 2020 - 11:54pm

The symptom of toxicity in the archive begins with exclusion which produces gaps and emptiness. The overrepresentation of particular people and ideas are utilized to create history through a bias lens, imposing a kind of toxic violence.

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How are bodies in this place burdened, racialized and granted political standing (or not)?

Sunday, February 9, 2020 - 7:43pm

Women, and people of color have historically been marginalized from being included in the archive. Peoples and communities have also been misrepresented through the archive which often leads to biased representation.

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How and why is this place being re-thought, redirected, and transformed?

Sunday, February 9, 2020 - 7:39pm

This place is being re-thought because of the hegemonic notions it produces of particular peoples and places. There has been a movement toward interrogating the archive, learning to read between the spaces, one particular form is through speculative history through the traces left to work with. While subaltern studies acknowledged early on these power dynamics of the archive, some scholars more recently have taken the political move to disrupt the hegemonic practices of producing history through the archive.

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How do people (within and outside) this place imagine, speak about and visualize its horizons? How are borders and spatial order imagined?

Sunday, February 9, 2020 - 7:32pm

One perception is in its literal sense of a place where it is imagined as a stable source of knowledge. Much of history has been produced through this understanding, and many still consider the archive to "speak for itself" without acknowledging the inherent biases, neglect, and erasure that occurs through archiving. More critical views of the archive acknowledge these power dynamics and are attempting to grapple with the silences and spaces.

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What are the technological|infrastructural dimensions of this place?

Sunday, February 9, 2020 - 7:26pm

The archive can be viewed as a literal place in the sense that these materials are stored in physical and digital archives. The use of "archive" for this essay is more of an imagined place of the totality of archives.

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