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Framing Facts: Contesting the Innocence of the Archive

archivesArchives are often seen as repositories of ‘truth’ for disciplines – this symposium problematises the creation and maintenance of archives and questions their ‘innocence’, looking, in particular, at the issue of ‘subaltern’ voices.



Session 1: The Archival Politics of Postcoloniality

  • Hearing and Reading Slave Voices from Berbice, 1819-1830 
    Trevor Burnard (Comparative American Studies, University of Warwick)
  • Where There is No Archive - Constructing the Post-Colonial History of Zambia
    Miles Larmer (History, Sheffield Hallam University)

Chair: Cecily Jones (Sociology, University of Warwick)  


Session 2: The Subject of the Archive

  • Photography and the Colonial Subject
    Clare Anderson (Sociology, University of Warwick)
  • Romance in the Archive 
    Carolyn Steedman (History, University of Warwick)

Chair: David Arnold (History, University of Warwick)





Symposium Details: 

Friday 8th February
Room: R2.41, Ramphal


PG Reading Group

Monday 4th February
Room: H2.46


Spivak's 'Can the Subaltern Speak'

Susan Buck-Morss 'Hegel and Haiti'

Ann Stoler 'Colonial Archives'