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Archives in Transition: Collective Memories and Subaltern Uses

Project description

Shedding new light on the transitional nature of archives

Historical archives are powerful in forming collective memories. Considered as repositories of memory, they can help to transfer information from one generation to another. The EU-funded TRANS.ARCH project will create a network of experienced and young researchers who will study current functions and uses of archives in the context of crises associated with globalisation. Specifically, the project will investigate how archives allow new elaborations of historical and social models but also provide a basis for rethinking the cultural heritage of societies. The focus will be on the different political, judicial, cultural and artistic uses of archives deployed by collectives of migrants and sexual dissidents in Europe and Latin America.

Objective

In the field of memory studies, there is broad consensus that questioning the interwoven national and transnational collective memories can strengthen democratic structures. These conflicts around memory processes reveal the central importance of archives, especially when dealing with experiences and knowledges of subalternized groups, historically excluded from public debates.
Archives, the central object of this project, allow new elaborations of historical and social models, but also provide a basis for rethinking the cultural heritage of societies. The TRANS.ARCH project focuses on a relatively unexplored dimension of this field, namely, the different political, judicial, cultural and artistic uses of archives deployed by collectives of migrants and sexual dissidents in Europe and in Latin America. In connection with this, medial, technical, cultural and aesthetic aspects of the digitalization of knowledge are examined, since the transition to digital archives is changing the relationship between public and private. In the current phase of globalization, in which times and geographic spaces are fragmented and newly networked, the processes of archiving also changes the apparatus of written cultures.
TRANS.ARCH is innovative in that it will create a network of experienced and young researchers that will examine current functions and uses of archives in the context of crises associated with globalization. While the transatlantic composition of the consortium of institutions involved in the project will allow for a comparative analysis of the European and Latin American contexts, the innovative focus on the uses of archives by migrants and sexual dissidents will demand that researchers create a new transdisciplinary approach with a strong gender perspective. This approach will open the way for insights into the transitional condition of archives, both in terms of their present political and cultural uses, and in terms of their changing theoretical status.

Coordinator

UNIVERZITA PALACKEHO V OLOMOUCI
Net EU contribution
€ 266 800,00
Address
KRIZKOVSKEHO 8
771 47 Olomouc
Czechia

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Region
Česko Střední Morava Olomoucký kraj
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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Total cost
€ 266 800,00

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