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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.