The symposium Inward Outward investigates the status of moving image and sound archives as they intertwine with questions of coloniality, identity and race, and seeks to bring theory and practice into dialogue by drawing together people from different professional and creative backgrounds. This year’s symposium will take place as a series of sessions spread across October 13–15, 2021, where we’ll gather online due to the constraints of the pandemic.
In exploring the intersection of archives and coloniality, we understand the archive as both the physical structures (e.g. national, regional, local or personal) that safeguard and preserve histories -that is his/her/their/our-stories- through the collections they attend to, as well as the more conceptual framing of the “cultural archive” described by Gloria Wekker as the “racialized common sense” cemented in memories, cultural beliefs, everyday knowledge, and institutional practices (White Innocence 19).
Inward Outward is initiated between the Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies (KITLV) and Sound and Vision, with special support from the Nationaal Museum van Wereldculturen’s Research Center of Material Culture (RCMC/NMvW), the first Inward Outward took place in January of 2020.