Sound, images and postcolonial archives: polyvocal interpretations
co-arranged by Media History at the Dept of Communication and Media and the Sound Environment Centre
Thursday 28 April
LUX B152 (Helgonavägen 3, Lund)
A host of recent scholarship has come to focus on the role and nature of archives not simply as silent repositories of past traces, but as core institutions of power where knowledge is created and defended. As such archives have also been a key technology of colonial contexts. This talk will turn an eye to these dynamics in the digital and the audiovisual realm, to examine the role of audiovisual archives in mediating colonial pasts.
In audiovisual archives such as the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision, we not only encounter colonial images and sounds as they were captured and mobilized, but the ways in which they have been categorized and made accessible by the often silent authority of the archive.
The talk will follow some work of the current European research project “Polyvocal Interpretations of Contested Colonial Heritage” to explore how me might not only make these frames of the archive visible, but ask how the multiple voices that become apparent as we do so (from sound, image, metadata) might be used to rethink how we make such material accessible in the future.
Assistant Professor in Media and Cultural Studies at the University of Utrecht and Full Professor of Transnational Media at the Free University of Amsterdam, endowed by the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision.
Alec is currently principle investigator on the European project "Polyvocal Interpretations of Contested Colonial Heritage" and the Dutch NWA project "Artists' Community Knowledge (ACKnowledge)" which explores intangible heritage of analogue audiovisual production. At Utrecht he works on the development team for the CLARIAH Media Suite, the Dutch digital humanities environment for media research, with a focus on internationalization. He was a leading researcher on the HERA-project “Transnational Radio Encounters (TRE)” 2013-2016, where he co-edited Transnationalizing Radio Research: New Approaches to and Old Medium (2018) with Golo Föllmer and commissioned the streaming platform Radio.Garden.