About the event

In recent decades, intellectuals across the humanities and social sciences have taken up the archive as an analytic object in new and provocative ways. They have investigated meanings embedded in “the feel of the documents,” analyzed the politics and power behind archival practices, and exposed the implicit histories revealed at the archive’s margins. This research has opened up new areas of inquiry not only through the groundbreaking investigations of individual scholars, but also because of the crucial intersection of ideas generated by different disciplines. This event brings anthropologist Ann Stoler into conversation with scholars from the fields of history, anthropology, and literature to explore the intellectual and political stakes of alternative approaches to archival documentation, and to consider the ways in which transdisciplinary work has led to breaking new theoretical ground.