Spring 2017 Courses

ST 600: The Archive

Co-instructors: Melissa Adler, School of Library and Information Science

                           Mónica Díaz, Hispanic Studies and History

                           James Ridolfo, Writing, Rhetoric, and Digital Studies

                           Richard Schein, Geography


In recent years, the archive has received particular attention from scholars in the social sciences and the humanities. This course will explore the theoretical discussions surrounding the archive from an interdisciplinary perspective. The class will focus on problematizing and discussing the archive as a critical power-knowledge system. Looking at a range of types of archives, including national, personal, and community archives, the course will investigate ways in which documents, images, objects, and places, serve various purposes and occupy different types of cultural, intellectual, and physical spaces. We will extend our discussion to include memory institutions broadly conceived, in order to touch on the constitution of libraries, museums, and universities, and their relation to social practice and theory.

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