The symposium Inward Outward investigates the status of moving image and sound archives as they intertwine with questions of coloniality, identity and race. Archives, assumed to be containers of memory, are vested with a particular power to constitute and define who is and who is not included in (his)stories. We explore what “decolonizing” the archive – within and beyond the walls of established institutions – could offer for the production of new bodies of knowledge.
Taking a critical archiving approach as its base, Inward Outward explores what is specific to moving image and sound materials, and the archival practices used to collect, preserve and make them accessible. The symposium questions the different processes involved in the creation, management and use of archives to unpack social and political configurations that are imbued with questions of power, violence, and representation. To this end, we invite participants across disciplines and professions to engage with audiovisual archives in a 2-day symposium. We believe that these forms of collaboration can render visible what usually remains hidden or obscured and further the agenda of creating more inclusive forms of knowledge production.
Organised by KITLV and Sound and Vision, two Dutch institutions that document and explore various histories, the symposium offers dedicated sessions focused on investigating coloniality, identity, memory and race. While the symposium broadly explores these themes in the context of sound and moving image collections across geographies, it also emphasises the position of Dutch identity in its various manifestations.
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