“Archives Against Annihilation”: Michelle Caswell lecture on archival representation and social justice

Please join the HRDI at 11:00am on Friday, April 21st 2017 in the Harry Ransom Center’s Prothro Theater, for a lecture by Dr. Michelle Caswell, Assistant Professor of Archival Studies at UCLA. Dr. Caswell is a leading scholar in the field of archival studies, with particular emphasis on archival ethics and the intersections of archives with human rights and social justice.

Dr. Caswell’s research is broadly interdisciplinary and this talk will be of interest to many members of the UT community. The lecture is titled “Archives Against Annihilation: Imagining Otherwise” and will examine the ways in which mainstream archival practice has symbolically annihilated communities of color and LGBTQ communities through absence, underrepresentation, and misrepresentation in mainstream archival records. The talk will also ask attendees to “imagine otherwise,” to conceive of and build a world in which historically- and currently-marginalized communities are fully empowered to represent their past, construct their present and envision their futures as forms of liberation.

This event has been organized by the Society of American Archivists-UT student chapter (SAA-UT) and is co-sponsored by the HRDI, the School of Information, and Campus Events and Entertainment. This talk is open to the public, with no RSVP needed.

Seating is limited to 125 attendees, so please arrive early. More information can be found on the official Facebook event page. For more information, please contact David Bliss.