Subaltern Archives, Digital Historiographies

Authored by: Angel David Nieves , Siobhan Senier

The Postcolonial World

Print publication date:  August  2016
Online publication date:  October  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138778078
eBook ISBN: 9781315297699
Adobe ISBN: 9781315297682

10.4324/9781315297699.ch20

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Abstract

A critical project among scholars who have convened around the movement calling itself #dhpoco is what we might call subaltern archives – digital projects devoted to “history from below.” These projects are anti-elite, anti-colonial, and anti-essentialist; they are concerned with questions of representation, identity, modernization, and power. As facilitators of subaltern archives, we retain the hope that digital technologies can represent and empower marginalized groups committed to social and political change. Far from naively celebrating the digital realm, however, we find it to be a powerful terrain for working through persistent questions of power and access.

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