The Pine Tree Foundation Lecture Series in Archives and Special Collections
“Resurrecting Paper Cadavers: Archives in Postwar Societies”
Dr. Kirsten Weld, Harvard University
A Collaborative Series Presented by the Queens College Libraries Department of
Special Collections and Archives, the Queens College Graduate School
of Library and Information Studies, and the Pine Tree Foundation
Co-sponsored by the Queens College Latin American and Latino Studies Program
Inaugural Lecture: Kirsten Weld, Assistant Professor of History, Harvard University
Date/Time: Thursday November 5, 2015 at 6pm
Location: Rosenthal Library, Room 230
Kirsten Weld is a historian of modern Latin America. Her research centers on the 20th-century history of political and ideological conflict in the Americas, particularly during the region’s long Cold War, as well as on the politics of historical and archival knowledge production.
Her first book, Paper Cadavers: The Archives of Dictatorship in Guatemala, was published by Duke University Press in 2014. It is a historical and ethnographic study of the archives generated by Guatemala’s National Police, which were used as tools of state repression during the country’s civil war, kept hidden from the truth commission charged with investigating crimes against humanity at the war’s conclusion, stumbled upon and rescued by justice activists in 2005, and repurposed in the service of historical accounting and postwar reconstruction. Paper Cadavers is a broad meditation on how history is produced as social knowledge, on the labour behind transformative social change, and on the stakes of the stories we tell ourselves about the past.
Following Dr. Weld’s lead, the Pine Tree Lecture Series takes up the archive as a central site of interdisciplinary intersections across academic communities and society. In response to the ever-expanding range of stakeholders in the fate and future of archives, this inaugural lecture is intended to be the first in a series of events that bring disparate individuals and departments together to discuss and reflect upon the impacts of archives on culture, society, and history.
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