Black Bodies, Social Justice, and the Archive

Wed, 03/08/2017 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

Ehrlicher Room, 3100 North Quad

The Institute for the Humanities and UMSI will host a day-long open seminar on the relationships between the new concepts of the archive and the advancement of social justice causes in the United States. 

Social progress in addressing structural and overt racism, police brutality, and inequitable incarceration requires a critical interrogation of what an archive is, where it lives or dies, and how it should persist and be used. The day-long seminar will bring together a group of junior scholars from around the country to illuminate and address contemporary social justice challenges.

The panel includes Jarrett Drake,  MSI '13, who is currently a digital archivist at Princeton University.

Seminar Agenda

9:00 to 10:00
Patricia Garcia, Research Fellow, UMSI (Ph.D. UCLA)
Welcome and framing remarks

10:00 to 12:00
Panel 1 – Confronting the Future Archive

Jarrett Drake
“Abolitionist Archives: Projecting Past the Punishment Paradigm”

Doria D. Johnson
“Ex-Slave Communities, History, Violence and Memory: Are We Ready to Reckon with Justice?”

Safiya Umoja Noble
"Circulating Black Lives and Black Bodies: A Lesson in Critical Surveillance Literacy"

Noon to 1:30 Lunch and discussion

1:30 to 3:30
Panel 2 – Justice InFormation Now

Bergis Jules
“Towards A People's Archive of the Internet: DocNow as a Model for Decolonizing Web Archives”

Tonia Sutherland
“Technological Embodiment, Virtual Immortality, Digital Resurrection, and Critical Resistance”

Stacy Wood
"Public Records, Private Infrastructure: Police Body Camera Footage as Evidence"

4:00 to 5:00
Discussion: Dissonance and Synthesis

5:00 to 6:00

Funding for the event is provided by the UMSI Diversity Committee and the LSA Institute for the Humanities. The event is free and open to the public.