Colloquium Series Research Talk ~ Jamie A. Lee, Ph.D. (Harvill 402)

Date: 

Friday, October 14, 2016 - 12:00

Celebrating National Archives Week!

"Archival Bodies: Ethos and Ethics of Embodied Productions"

by Jamie A. Lee, Assistant Professor of Digital Culture, Information, and Society, School of Information

ABSTRACT:

Archival bodies take shape, and reciprocally shape the records creators who engage with the archives, through records, collections, practices, and productions. Utilizing the body as a framework to explore archives and their productions as always-in-motion, flexible, and dynamic, I interrogate the archival body through concepts of ethos and ethics. Beginning with an understanding of ethos as “an atmosphere, climate, disposition, and essence,” I move to make a connection to ethics that draws from political theorist Jane Bennett’s definition of ethics as “a complex set of relays between moral contents, aesthetic-affective styles, and public moods” (Bennett, 2010, p. xii). In this presentation, I question the climates in which hands-on practices might offer proposed archival ethos and ethics that are attentive to diverse, dynamic, and distinct bodies and bodies of knowledge to consider multiple histories, lived contexts, and meaning-making practices throughout archival productions.

*Bennett J (2010) Vibrant Matter: a political ecology of things. Duke University Press. 

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