Call for presentations
Inward Outward Symposium: Critical Archival Engagements with Sounds and Films of Coloniality
24 & 25 January 2020
The symposium Inward Outward investigates the status of moving image and sound archives as they intertwine with questions of coloniality, identity and race. Archives, assumed to be containers of memory, are vested with a particular power to constitute and define who is and who is not included in (his)stories. We explore what “decolonizing” the archive – within and beyond the walls of established institutions – could offer for the production of new bodies of knowledge.
Taking a critical archiving approach as its base, Inward Outward explores what is specific to moving image and sound materials, and the archival practices used to collect, preserve and make them accessible. The symposium questions the different processes involved in the creation, management and use of archives to unpack social and political configurations that are imbued with questions of power, violence, and representation. To this end, we invite participants across disciplines and professions to engage with audiovisual archives in a 2-day symposium. We believe that these forms of collaboration can render visible what usually remains hidden or obscured and further the agenda of creating more inclusive forms of knowledge production.
Organised by KITLV and Sound and Vision, two Dutch institutions that document and explore various histories, the symposium offers dedicated sessions focused on investigating coloniality, identity, memory and race. While the symposium broadly explores these themes in the context of sound and moving image collections across geographies, it also emphasises the position of Dutch identity in its various manifestations.
Below you can find some of the different formats we suggest as well as some relevant questions. These are not exhaustive and we invite presenters to engage with the topics creatively.
*The programme committee reserves the right to propose alternative formats to the proposed presentation format.
** The symposium is unable to provide funding for the production of works.
Audiovisual archives, Critical archival studies, Decolonize, Imperialism, History, Memory, Identity, Race, Racism, Ownership, Moving Image, Sound
Submission & Deadline Information
To submit a proposal, please send a single doc or docx file titled <YOUR SURNAME_InwardOutward2020> with a 300 word abstract and 50 word bio (per presenter) to [email protected] before 7 October, 10am CET.
We look forward to receiving your presentation proposals, if you have questions please email us at [email protected]
The Inward Outward Programme Committee
Bas Agterberg (Sound and Vision)
Esther Captain (KITLV)
Alana Osbourne (KITLV)
Rachel Somers Miles (Sound and Vision)
Eleni Tzialli (Sound and Vision)
The Inward Outward symposium is organised by the Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies (KITLV) & the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision (Sound and Vision), with the support of the RCMC (Research Center for Material Culture).