September 13: Archaeologies of the Archive


FIELD TRIP: New York City Municipal Archives, w/ Marcia Kirk, Director of Public Programming, NYC Department of Records and Information Services

  • Meet at 4:00 at 31 Chambers @ Centre St. Take 4/5/6 to Brooklyn Bridge. Please bring picture ID.


The following will help to provide some context for our tour:

The following will introduce us to some canonical archive theory, and provide some insights into how archives work:

Summary Handout



Antoinette Burton, “Introduction: Archive Fever, Archive Stories” Archive Stories: Facts, Fictions, and the Writing of History (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2005): 1-24; Terry Cook, “What is Past is Prologue: A History of Archival Ideas Since 1898, and the Future Paradigm Shift,” Archivaria 43 (Spring 1997): 17-63; Wolfgang Ernst, “Beyond the Archive: Bit MappingMedia Art Net (2004); Wolfgang Ernst, Digital Memory and the Archive, Ed. Jussi Parikka (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, forthcoming 2012); Wolfgang Ernst, “Order by Fluctuation? Classical Archives and Their Audio-visual Counterparts,” Archives Aesthetic Practices Seminar, National Library of Sweden, Stockholm, Sweden, May 19, 2009 [dead link!]; Sigmund Freud, “A Note Upon the Mystic Writing Pad” (1925) In General Psychological Theory: Papers on Metapsychology (New York: Collier, 1925): pp?; Robert Gehl, “YouTube as Archive: Who Will Curate This Digital Wunderkammer?” International Journal of Cultural Studies 12:1 (2009): 43-60; Elizabeth Honer & Susan Graham, “Should Users Have a Role in Determining the Future Archive?…” Liber Quarterly (2001): 382-4 [libraries vs. archives]; Boris Groys, “What Carries the Archive – and For How Long?” In Joke Brouwer & Arjen Mulder, Eds., Information is Alive (Rotterdam: V2_Publishers/NAI, 2003): 178-93 [media ontology + the archive]; Geert Lovink, Interview with German Media Archaeologist Wolfgang Ernst, Nettime (26 February 2003); Tim Maly, “Dark Archives” Contents 5 (March 2013) [the unknown]; Marlene Manoff, “Theories of the Archives from Across the Disciplines” portal: Libraries and the Academy 4:1 (2004): 9-25; Jussi Parikka, Excerpt from “Archive Dynamics: Software Culture and Digital Heritage” In What Is Media Archaeology? (Malden, MA: Polity, 2012): 113-122 [preservation, memory, storage]; Sven Spieker, “Freud’s Files” In The Big Archive: Art from Bureaucracy (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press 2009): 34-49; Carolyn Steedman, “Something She Called a Fever: Michelet, Derrida, and Dust” The American Historical Review 106:4 (October 2001): 1159-1180; Eira Tansey, “Archives Without Archivists,” Reconstruction 16:1 (2016) [on archival labor + processing]; Kate Theimer, “A Distinction Worth Exploring: ‘Archives’ and ‘Digital Historical Representations,’” American Historical Association Conference, Washington, DC, January 3, 2014.

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