Upcoming Reading with Dr. Jamie A. Lee

The City University of New York's Archival Technologies Lab is launching a series of readings called New Works, as a platform for scholars working at the intersection of record-keeping and technology to share forthcoming work or work in progress. The first event in our program is a reading by Dr. Jamie A. Lee of the University of Arizona.

Thursday November 19, 2020

4:00pm ET, via Zoom

Dr. Jamie A. Lee, Assistant Professor of Digital Culture, Information, and Society in the School of Information at the University of Arizona.

Dr. Lee will read from their forthcoming monograph, Producing the Archival Body.

Producing the Archival Body draws on theoretical and practical research conducted within US and Canadian archives, along with critical and cultural theory, to examine the everyday lived experiences of archivists and records creators that are often overlooked during archival and media production.

Expanding on the author’s previous work, which engaged archival and queer theories to develop the Queer/ed Archival Methodology that intervenes in traditional archival practices, the book invites readers interested in humanistic inquiry to reconsider how archives are defined, understood, deployed, and accessed to produce subjects. Arguing that archives and bodies are mutually constitutive and developing a keen focus on the body and embodiment alongside archival theory, the author introduces new understandings of archival bodies. Contributing to recent disciplinary moves that offer a more transdisciplinary emphasis, Lee interrogates how power circulates and is deployed in archival contexts in order to build critical understandings of how deeply archives influence and shape the production of knowledges and human subjectivities.

Lee directs the Arizona Queer Archives, the Digital Storytelling & Oral History Lab, and co-directs the Climate Alliance Mapping Project. They are an award-winning social justice documentary filmmaker, archivist, and scholar committed to decolonizing methodologies and asset-driven approaches to community participatory projects that are produced with communities in ways that will be relevant and beneficial.

The reading will be followed by a discussion. Register for the event here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0vduipqT4tGdEyeoohLP15uoz9BjGn0-0S

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