Archives in the Anthropocene (public lecture)

Public Lecture: "Archives in the Anthropocene," Purdom Lindblad, Thursday February15, 2018. MD Anderson Library 266-C.
Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 3:00pm

Arte Público Press/Recovering the US Hispanic Literary Heritage at the University of Houston invites you to a Digital Humanities & Social Justice lecture and workshop by

Purdom Lindblad

Assistant Director of Innovation and Learning

Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH)

*We will live-tweet the lecture using #usLdh and livestream the video on our Facebook page

Public lecture: “Archives in the Anthropocene”

Thursday, February 15


MD Anderson Library 266-C

University of Houston

(No RSVP required.)

Where does memory reside? Who, which communities, shape the contexts and content of memory? Why is it important, particularly in this current political and environmental moment? How can librarians, archivists, and digital practitioners practice explicitly anti-racist and anti-violent approaches to identifying, collecting, describing, and making accessible cultural records and cultural memory?

This talk focuses on exploratory work on anthropocenic archives with an emphasis on empathetic platforms, feminism, and ethnicity. Engaging current and speculative archival practices, this talk asks how archives can be empathetic platforms and sites of rebalancing/restructuring unjust infrastructures and colonization of cultural memory. Applying principles of Advocacy by Design (AbD), a framework for critical engagement centered on advocacy, to archival practices to re-evaluate transparency, openness, multiple narratives, and the roles and responsibilities of stewardship. This talk engages with archives and archival practices in a moment of intense environmental and political pressure to consider how advocacy-based design of digital objects and interfaces make explicit the roles, decisions, attentions of the creators to current and future users and to speculate on the relationship between digital collections, communities, and “the archive.”


About Lindblad:

Purdom Lindblad is the Assistant Director for Innovation and Learning at the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH). She has a MA in American Studies from Michigan State University and a MS in Information from the University of Michigan. Her research interests include the implicit and explicit effort that digital humanities can do for social and environmental justice. 


About the Digital Humanities & Social Justice Speaker Series and Workshops:

The speaker series and workshops on Digital Humanities & Social Justice explores the ethical concerns involved in creating digital projects with minority archives and digital scholarship as a site of social justice and activism. The series includes leading scholars in digital humanities who are engaging and creating ethical, socially conscious methodologies. This series is sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Arte Público Press/Recovering the US Hispanic Literary Heritage, the Digital Research Commons at MD Anderson Library,  the Houston Arts Alliance and the Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies (WGSS) Program.


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