44th Gabriel A Bernardo Memorial Lecture


You are cordially invited to the 44th Gabriel A. Bernardo Memorial Lecture on March 22 (Friday), 9:00 - 11:30 AM, at the UP SOLAIR Auditorium in UP Diliman.

This year's GAB lecture is entitled "Archives, Communities, and Liberatory Memory Work" and will be delivered by Michelle Caswell, PhD, (she/her). Dr. Caswell is a Professor of Archival Studies in the Department of Information Studies at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), where she directs a team of students at UCLA’s Community Archives Lab (https://communityarchiveslab.ucla.edu/). 

In 2008, together with Samip Mallick, Caswell co-founded the South Asian American Digital Archive (http://www.saada.org), an online repository that documents and provides access to the stories of South Asian Americans. She is the author of two books: Urgent Archives: Enacting Liberatory Memory Work (Routledge, 2021) and Archiving the Unspeakable: Silence, Memory and the Photographic Record in Cambodia (University of Wisconsin Press, 2014), as well as more than four dozen peer-reviewed articles. Her work has defined and refined core concepts in critical archival studies, including archival imaginaries, community archives, imagined records, radical empathy, survivor-centered archives, and most recently, feminist standpoint appraisal. 

The past decade of archival studies has seen an explosion of interest in community-based archives. This presentation will explain a U.S. perspective on community archives, including basic definitions, motivations for their creation, and their activation through use by artists and activists. Issues of identity, representation, and power remain central to community archives as do activist concerns for material reparations for past and ongoing injustices. The talk will conclude with some thoughts on the potential for community archives to embody liberatory memory work, as well as some ethical considerations for doing academic research on community archives.

You can register for the lecture at https://buytickets.at/upslis/1143518

This lecture is made possible with support from the World Expert Lecture Series (WELS) of the UP Office on International Linkages.

Published:  2024-02-14 12:10:47