Material Encounters in the Archive Symposium

Marc Giai-Miniet, AscenseurMarc Giai-Miniet, Ascenseur

 "Material Encounters in the Archive" frames a dialogue between four interdisciplinary feminist scholars whose research addresses the potential, as well as the limits, of the archive as a theoretical and physical site of knowledge production. Our speakers will reflect on how engaging with archival objects -- as collectors, curators, and researchers -- has shaped their understanding of the archive, not only as a repository for extant documents but as a productive apparatus that shapes the contours of what is valued as legitimate information and scholarship. The presentations will be followed by a moderated discussion, Q&A, and reception.

Friday, October 25, 2013

2:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Pembroke Hall 305


Anjali Arondekar

The Kala of the Archive: 
Sexuality, Historiography, South Asia

Anjali Arondekar is Associate Professor of Feminist Studies and Literature at University of California, Santa Cruz. She is author of For the Record: On Sexuality and the Colonial Archive, winner of the 2010 Alan Bray Memorial Book Award for best book in lesbian, gay, or queer studies in literature and cultural studies. 

Ariella Azoulay

Sov-Reign/Sub-Reign Archives: 
Tracing the Figure of the Infiltrator

Ariella Azoulay is a scholar, curator and documentary filmmaker who joined the Brown faculty in Modern Culture and Media in 2013. Her recent books include The Civil Contract of Photography (2008), From Palestine to Israel: A Photographic Record of Destruction and State Formation, 1947-1950 (2011), and Civil Imagination: The Political Ontology of Photography (2012).

Kate Eichhorn

The Archive Function:
The Critic's Lost Thesis on the Archive

Kate Eichhorn is Assistant Professor of Culture and Media at The New School, Eugene Lang College. Her book The Archival Turn in Feminism: Outrage in Order, was released by Temple University Press in 2013.

Suzanne Stewart-Steinberg


Suzanne Stewart-Steinberg is Professor of Comparative Literature and Italian Studies at Brown. Her publications include Sublime Surrender: Male Masochism at the Fin-de-Siecle (1998), The Pinocchio Effect: On Making Italians (2007), and Impious Fidelity: Anna Freud, Psychoanalysis, Politics (2012).