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Ethnography of and Ethnography in the Archive: A Creative Rethinking in the Context of Hope and Uncertainty 
Nazli Ozkan (Koc University)
Leyla Neyzi (University of Glasgow)
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Nazli Ozkan (Koc University)
Leyla Neyzi (University of Glasgow)
Leyla Neyzi (University of Glasgow)
Nazli Ozkan (Koc University)
Lanyon Building (LAN), 01/002 CR & CC
Thursday 28 July, -
Time zone: Europe/London

Short Abstract:

This roundtable addresses the following, critical question: How can we explore the ethnographic processes through which archives of analysis are formed by anthropologists themselves by both attending to the remnants of political violence and transformative hope in such archival construal?

Long Abstract:

This roundtable creatively rethinks the notion of archive from an ethnographic perspective by discussing how archival ethnography reveals transformative potentialities of hope under uncertainty and anxiety. Conducting ethnography of and ethnography in colonial/state archives has meant approaching the archive as an unfinished project filled with inconsistencies, gaps, hasty categorizations that revealed the power holders' anxieties. Yet, archives are not only things that are pre-formed, waiting out there to be analyzed. In our quest to speak the unspeakable, we as anthropologists ethnographically construct archives for analysis with materials collected from libraries; state, personal or media archives; family albums; online websites; individual and collective memory. If what makes archival research an anthropological fieldwork is exploring the historical conditions through which archives are produced, in this roundtable, we suggest more explicitly exploring the ethnographic processes through which archives of analysis are formed by anthropologists themselves. How do we attend to the uncertainties, inconsistencies, moments of anxiety in such archival construal while also locating the transformative possibilities of hope? How do we produce an ethnographic presence in such archival analysis? If archives are "reactivated by bodies" (Battaglia et. al. 2020) how do we ethnographically attend to multiple artefacts of experience in written, visual, and audial form? How can we consider multiple subjectivities "speaking in their own voice" (Hartman 2008) through multiple modalities that carry both the "remnants" of political violence (Navaro et. al. 2021) and transformative hope? How do we ethnographically rethink these voices in relation to digitized archives, accessible "from everywhere?"

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Session 1 Thursday 28 July, 2022, -