Archives of the Disappeared: Discipline and Method Amidst Ruin [2019-21]

Alternate Tuesdays 12.00 - 14.00 during term, unless otherwise noted. Please see programme for details (UK Time).

Online sessions until further notice.


About

Archives of the Disappeared is an interdisciplinary research initiative for the study and documentation of communities, social movements, spaces, lifeworlds, literatures and cultures that have been destroyed through acts of political repression and mass violence. Through a reading group, seminars and masterclasses, as well as lectures by scholars, artists, archivists, and community activists, the initiative will explore the question of ‘archive’ in the context of annihilation.

Researchers rely on empirical and/or textual analysis where finding ‘evidence’ is a core methodological objective. However, evidence can and is erased by perpetrators, be they states, colonial powers or otherwise, through a myriad of tactics, including the denial of culpability and the rejection of attempts at accountability. This initiative addresses the challenges of scholarly, archival, and documentary practices in the context of elimination and loss. How does one document or analyse that which has been erased or disappeared? Where and how is such knowledge stored? We will discuss frameworks and methodologies for the study of traces, ruins, documents, accounts, utterances, silences, memories, and imaginaries left behind. We will explore how scholars, social movements, and artists from communities that were made to disappear have created new kinds of archives, new genres of evidentiary practice, and new techniques of documentation. Finally, we will look at how this knowledge of absence can prompt scholars to rethink epistemologies, methodologies and disciplinary practices within the humanities and social sciences.

Throughout the 2019 - 2021 academic years, the Archives of the Disappeared Research Initiative will organise reading sessions, seminars, lectures, a working papers series, and masterclasses.

 

To join the mailing list, receive readings, announcements, and event updates, please contact: Mezna Qato

Administrative assistance: networks@crassh.cam.ac.uk

Sponsored by CRASSH and The Margaret Anstee Centre for Global Studies, Newnham College, at the University of Cambridge

Convenors

Convenors

Mezna Qato  Bio (Anstee Research Fellow, Newnham College, Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Cambridge)
Yael Navaro (Fellow of Newnham College, Reader in the Anthropology of Politics, Department of Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge)
Chana Morgenstern (Fellow of Newnham College, Lecturer in Postcolonial and Middle Eastern Literatures, Faculty of English, University of Cambridge)
Mahvish Ahmad (AW Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Centre for Humanities Research, University of the Western Cape)

 

Faculty Advisors

Manali Desai (Reader in Sociology, Department of Sociology, University of Cambridge)
Ruba Salih (Reader in Anthropology and Gender Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London)

Programme 2020-21

 All online events are scheduled at UK time. Please check time for individual events.

Archives of the Disappeared
Documentation and Disappearance in South Asia II
27 October 2020, ONLINE SESSION (UK time). Please note the changed time and date.
Archives of the Disappeared (Title TBC)
30 November 2020, ONLINE SESSION (UK Time TBC)

Theresa Singleton (Syracuse University)

Past Programme

Programme 2019-20

Archives of the Disappeared
Erasure: Palestine (Introductory Seminar)
09 October 2019, Seminar Room SG2, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT
Archival Turns
23 October 2019, Seminar Room SG2, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT

  Reading Group Session

Archive and Annihilation
06 November 2019, Seminar Room SG2, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT

Reading Group Session

RELOCATED: Genocide and Archives
26 November 2019, Audit Room, King's College, King's Parade CB2 1ST Cambridge. NB Different venue.

Silvina Der Meguerditchian (The houshamadyan project)

RELOCATED: Archive and Enslavement
04 December 2019, Keynes Hall, King's College, King's Parade CB2 1ST. NB Different venue

Reading Group Session

Archives and Indigeneity
23 January 2020, Audit Room, King’s College, King's Parade CB2 1ST (NB different room, day, and time)

Reading group

Translation and Colonisation in Israel/Palestine
30 January 2020, Audit Room, King’s College, King's Parade CB2 1ST (NB different room and day)

Kifah Abdul Halim (Journalist, translator and producer), Eyad Barghouti (TA University), Yonatan Mendel (Ben Gurion University)

Archive and Enslavement II: Flesh and Embodiment
12 February 2020, Seminar Room SG2, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT

Reading Group

RELOCATED: Disappearance and Documentation
26 February 2020, Sidgwick Hall, Newnham College, Sidgwick Ave, Cambridge, CB3 9DF
ONLINE Archives of a Quarantine
08 May 2020, Online session

Khaled Fahmy (University of Cambridge)

ONLINE Oral Histories of the Disappeared
12 May 2020, Online session

Leyla Neyzi (Sabanci), Erin Jessee (Glasgow)-Workshop

ONLINE Archives of Pandemics
26 May 2020, Online session

Christos Lynteris (St Andrews)

ONLINE Disappearance and Documentation II
03 June 2020, Online session

Reading session

ONLINE The Book of Disappearance
23 June 2020, Online session

Reading session