New Works: Michelle Caswell – Urgent Archives

25 May 2021, online

On 25 May 2021 at 12 noon EDT, via Zoom, Dr. Michelle Caswell reads from Urgent Archives: Enacting Liberatory Memory Work – a reading series of the Archival Technologies Lab, City University of New York.

Dr. Michelle Caswell, Associate Professor in the Department of Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, and the co-founder of the South Asian American Digital Archive (SAADA). Michelle will read from her forthcoming book, Urgent Archives: Enacting Liberatory Memory Work, published by Routledge.

Urgent Archives argues that archivists can and should do more to disrupt white supremacy and hetero-patriarchy beyond the standard liberal archival solutions of more diverse collecting and more inclusive description. The book explores the temporal, representational, and material aspects of liberatory memory work, arguing that archival disruptions in time and space should be neither about the past nor the future, but about the liberatory affects and effects of memory work in the present.

The reading will be followed by a discussion moderated by Dr. Johnathan Thayer, Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Library and Information Studies, Queens College CUNY.

Register in advance for this meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIkde2hrzosEtcMuGPvQ4VrITTJbgdOD7BC

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