Archives Mediated: Digital Methods and Materials
As cultural heritage to varying degrees carries intentions to construe and establish identity (individual, collective, sexual, national, etc.) through the material and intangible containers of shared memory such as objects, narratives and monuments, a momentuous issue is how heritage is selected and preserved in archives – and for which uses it is again taken out of the archives. These processes are destabilized as the objects change in character when reproduced digitally. The question is then not only how this affects the objects and our means for understanding of them, but in the end how it affects our conceptions of individuality, identity and self on the whole. By opening up for wide discussion of these issues, the strand aims at progressing towards possible solutions and new research questions in broad cooperation.