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“Interrogating the Archive: Preserving and Interpreting Knowledges of the Past”

Date: 05/18/2013 - 05/19/2013

Time: 9:30 AM - 6:00 PM

Location: 1210 Heller Hall

Cost: Free


This conference is a continuation of the interdisciplinary collaborative research seminar that began in Fall 2012, an innovative joint venture between the University of Minnesota and the Central European University in Budapest. It explores various emergent approaches to thinking about “the archive” – that is, in the broadest sense, records of the past – and to question how some knowledges about the past get preserved and some repressed. The conference is organized around several topics and interdisciplinary approaches that are of interest in a wide range of fields: “Cities as Archives,” “Spaces of Historical Tourism,” “The Politics of Historical Memory,” “Ethnography/History of the Archive,” and “Archiving Performance.”


“Interrogating the Archive: Preserving and Interpreting Knowledges of the Past”
Conference Sessions, May 18-19, 2013


Saturday Morning May 18
Cities as Archives
Chair/Comment: Kevin Murphy
Ellen Manovich, “Interrogating Twin Cities Neighborhoods as Archives”
Katie Lambright, "F. Stuart Chapin's Living Room Object Scale: Archives of Domestic Materiality"
Clara Oberle, “Berlin: The City as Archive”
Pedro Quijada, “Rescuing the Historical Memory of the Salvadoran Diaspora in Los Angeles: A Non-Traditional Archival Project for the Preservation of the Salvadoran Angeleno Cultural Production and History”

Spaces of Historical Tourism
Chair/comment: Marynel Ryan van Zee
Elizabeth Dillenburg, “Coronation Park and the Negotiation of Colonial Legacies in Delhi”
Chris Burwick, “Archiving the Wende in Los Angeles”
Hanno Hochmuth, “Histourismus in Berlin”

Saturday Afternoon May 18
The Politics of Historical Memory I: Mediating Memory
Chair/comment: Alejandro Baer
Amanda Wolfson, “The Newspaper as a Site of Collective Memory: The New Ulm Post and the US-Dakota War of 1862”
Erma Nezirevic, “Memory, Archive, and Nostalgia: 'Our Spanish Fighters' of the Past and Present”
Stephen Bennett, “Memory, History, and the Archive in Samir’s Forget Baghdad”

The Politics of Historical Memory II: Contentious Memories
Chair/comment: Clara Oberle
Sarah Morris, “Eine Frau in Berlin: Diary, Controversy, History”
Edit Kovács, “How to frame a Holocaust survivor’s life story: A comparative case study of a biography and a video testimony”
Sharon Park, “Documenting the Child’s Voice in Klaus Barbie’s Trial”

Ethnography and History of the Archive
Comment/Chair: Regina Kunzel
Amanda Koller, “Interrogating the Archive: Historical Social Data as a Source”
Baojie Song, “The Ethnography and Autoethnography of the Archive: Research on an American-educated Chinese Scientist”
Julia Michalsky, “Forms of Intimate Citizenship in the Files of the Stasi”

Sunday Morning May 19
9:30 – 10:00
“Reflexing the Archive” - Adrienn Kacsor, Nichole Neuman, Meagan Tripp
10:15 – 10:45 – Budapest Papers Discussion Session
Katalin Pataki, “Poor Clares in the Crossroads”
Anna Sugiyama, “Materials in Transformation: The Case of Polish Samizdat Krytyka and the Open Society Archive”
Júlia Angyalka Füredi, “The autobiographies of Bálint Magyar, a Hungarian Intellectual of the 20th century: An Analysis of his narratives
11:00-12:00 – Wrap-up


  • Name: Institute for Global Studies
  • E-mail: igsevent@umn.edu
  • Sponsored by: Global Studies, Austrian Studies, History, German, Scandinavian & Dutch, European Studies Consortium, Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies, German and European Studies Center, Jewish Studies

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