On anarchivism: perpetuating the postmodern turn within archival thought

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Title:
On anarchivism: perpetuating the postmodern turn within archival thought
Author:
Matienzo, Mark A.
Citation:
On anarchivism: perpetuating the postmodern turn within archival thought 2002,
Issue Date:
2002
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/105702
Submitted date:
2006-08-10
Abstract:
Postmodern theorist Jean-François Lyotard expresses concern over a particular â slackeningâ or an implicit liberalization that is slowly pervading across disciplines as diverse as art history, philosophy, and politics. Thinkers, he believes, are witnessing the invasion of the postmodern and are accordingly battening down the hatches of the â uncompleted project of modernism.' By extension, one can easily assume that this is occurring across disciplines beyond those that Lyotard mentions explicitly. Accordingly, one may begin to see such ripples within the pond of archives that many of us dip our feet, wade, or completely submerge ourselves in. In this paper, I will primarily discuss Verne Harrisâ conceptions of the postmodern and their implications for the archival profession. I feel that a postmodern analysis of the archival is important, but we must still go further to create a radical conception of it. There is a large divide between theory and praxis in the archival world; while theory is definitely important, we must often step outside it to solve our problems. Rather than relying on it as a normative basis for archival practice we should continue to reevaluate and reconstruct our theories and practices into an â anarchivist program.â
Type:
Preprint
Language:
en
Keywords:
Philosophy; Sociology; Archives; Interdisciplinarity
Local subject classification:
archives; theory; politics; ideology

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dc.contributor.authorMatienzo, Mark A.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2006-08-10T00:00:01Z-
dc.date.available2010-06-18T23:32:06Z-
dc.date.issued2002en_US
dc.date.submitted2006-08-10en_US
dc.identifier.citationOn anarchivism: perpetuating the postmodern turn within archival thought 2002,en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10150/105702-
dc.description.abstractPostmodern theorist Jean-François Lyotard expresses concern over a particular â slackeningâ or an implicit liberalization that is slowly pervading across disciplines as diverse as art history, philosophy, and politics. Thinkers, he believes, are witnessing the invasion of the postmodern and are accordingly battening down the hatches of the â uncompleted project of modernism.' By extension, one can easily assume that this is occurring across disciplines beyond those that Lyotard mentions explicitly. Accordingly, one may begin to see such ripples within the pond of archives that many of us dip our feet, wade, or completely submerge ourselves in. In this paper, I will primarily discuss Verne Harrisâ conceptions of the postmodern and their implications for the archival profession. I feel that a postmodern analysis of the archival is important, but we must still go further to create a radical conception of it. There is a large divide between theory and praxis in the archival world; while theory is definitely important, we must often step outside it to solve our problems. Rather than relying on it as a normative basis for archival practice we should continue to reevaluate and reconstruct our theories and practices into an â anarchivist program.âen_US
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdfen_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.subjectPhilosophyen_US
dc.subjectSociologyen_US
dc.subjectArchivesen_US
dc.subjectInterdisciplinarityen_US
dc.subject.otherarchivesen_US
dc.subject.othertheoryen_US
dc.subject.otherpoliticsen_US
dc.subject.otherideologyen_US
dc.titleOn anarchivism: perpetuating the postmodern turn within archival thoughten_US
dc.typePreprinten_US
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