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WORKSHOP | Archival Ethnography

Volha Bartash (Regensburg)

Monday, 13 May 2024 10:00
Tuesday, 14 May 2024 17:15


This theory & methods workshop caters for doctoral researchers and advanced MA students who wish to engage critically with archives or add archival methods to their ethnographic research.

For a long time, archives were seen as storages of documents used by historians to extract historical facts. Anthropologists and historians of marginalized populations have recently called ‘archival objectivities’ into question. Postcolonial scholarship has approached institutional archives as spaces of power and state violence. In other words, whose agency do archives represent? Whose voices have been oppressed or silenced? We will approach archives as sites of knowledge production, paying attention to their sociopolitical realities. We will also read archival documents along and against the grain and discuss the possibilities and limitations of ‘alternative archives,’ such as NGO and private archives.

The programme will include a visit to the university archives and an opportunity to take part in their creation (to be confirmed).

To register for this workshop, please send an email to graduiertenschule@ur.de by 2 April 2024 at the latest.

Volha Bartash, Postdoctoral Researcher in History/Anthropology, Bavarian Program "Equal Opportunities for Women in Research and Teaching" at Universität Regensburg

Reading materials will be uploaded to GRIPS two weeks before the workshop.

GS OSESUR, Landshuter Str. 4, 93047 Regensburg, room 017