[-empyre-] November 2007 on -empyre- : Memory Errors in
theTechnosphere: Art, Accident, Archive
Madeleine Reich Casad
mir9 at cornell.edu
Wed Nov 14 14:27:11 EST 2007
> This is something we have to deal with all the time in
> anthropology: by the
> time a book or an article are published what we are describing has
> often quite dramatically. Then, the 'natives' we so 'documented'
> make use
> of these documents to re-create themselves in the present, taking
> documents as 'true repositories' of their past. First our
> documentation and
> writing 'fixed' the 'real' and then it all gets entangled in weird
> ways with
> the re-enactment of the 'real past'.
This is so interesting... Could you say more about how and why and by
whom such re-creations are contested or seen as problematic?
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