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TitelGSA Panel 2015: The Politics of Archives (Extended Deadline)
BeschreibungCFP: GSA Panel; The Politics of Archives

Washington, D.C. (October 1-4, 2015)

The important political role of archives in a democratic society is yet to
be fully recognized. When seen as only having to do with the past rather
than also with the present and the future, the archives continuum remains
misunderstood. This panel (or series of panels) seeks theoretical and
“case-studies” contributions exploring the critical functioning of the
future of “the archive” in its largest understanding that would include
but is not limited to (secret and non-secret) political archives, colonial
archives, corporate archives, imaginary and counter archives, digital
archive projects, private and public archives, literary and media archives
pertaining to the German-speaking context. How have these archives shaped
and how are they shaping an evolving understanding of Germany’s history and
new imagination of its future in the age of globalization?

Paper topics might include:
• Theorizing the archive: what are the logics of archival power? how
can we think about the relationship between archives and memory, archives
and media theory or archives and psychoanalysis? (Foucault, Bloch, Derrida,
La Capra, Appadurai, Assmann)
• Corporate archives: coming to terms with the past, shaping their
image for a global future: Dr. Oetker, Tengelmann, Degussa, VW, Deutsche
Bank; politics and policies of public relations and selling in different
• Imaginary and counter archives: invented objectives and narratives
created by artists or writers that shed new light on the future of a past
• Entangled histories and secret archives: Germans in Eastern and
East Central Europe (secret) archives; Bundesarchiv; US, Soviet, British
and French intelligence archives on Germany
• The role and status of the archive in the formation of the nation
state and a trans- or postnational consciousness: what are the practices of
collecting in different major historical periods; what is the architectural
nature of these archives; erasure, destruction and rescue of archives;
exile archives; migration as critical intervention in archivization;
relation between monuments and archive
• Problematizing digital archives; authorship and disputes of
belonging; rewriting historical archives through new digital humanities
projects, fragility of digital archives.
• Public versus private archives: critical tensions or competition
between family or community archives (diaries, family photo albums,
personal libraries) and larger archives: What is the role of the family
archive in cultural memory and national history?
• Colonial archives: function of these archives; the silencing of
native voices; politics of returning human remains and material collections
from the German colonial period in archives and medical collections
(Charité); relation of colonial archives to holocaust and other archives
• Literary Archives: found objects and the serendipity of archives
• The New Aesthetic: Google and other surveillance photos (James

Please submit your abstracts (300-500 words maximum) as well as a short CV
(academic background and relevant publications) to Bettina Brandt and Valentina Glajar by January 31, 2015.

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