Juana Suarez - Audiovisual Archives, Cultural History and the Digital Turn in Latin America - 29/03/2019

About the lecture

This presentation addresses ways in which Latin American AV archives are dealing with the massive backlog of preservation of analog material while trying to cope with the fast and changing world of digital technology, and the challenges of digital preservation. The study stems from a definition of major and minor archives: major being those recognized as national archives and in charge of safeguarding cultural capital that helps define nationhood. Minor archives include university archives, regional cinémathèques, private film collectors, community archives, and audiovisual collections housed in national archives and main libraries, as well as the proliferation of centros de la memoria (memory centers), that have resulted from the multiple political conflicts in the region. In both cases, the discussion centers on how AV archives and cinematic cultures are intertwined, and how archives are evolving places, shaped by migration, domestic and foreign affairs, displacement, technology, and movement, complicating the cultural significance of what this patrimony represents for the history of world cinema.

About the speaker

Dr. Juana Suárez is the director of the Moving Image Archiving and Preservation Program at New York University.  She is a media preservation specialist, and a scholar in Latin American Cinema. Author of Cinembargo Colombia: ensayos críticos sobre cine y cultura (2009), translated to English (2012), and Sitios de Contienda: producción cultural y el discurso de la violencia en Colombia (2010); co-editor of Humor in Latin American Cinema (2015). She is also the coordinator of arturita.net, a collaborative digital humanities project on Latin American AV archives. 

Practical information

When? Friday 29th of March 2019, 15:00 - 16:30
Where? Aula M.101, St-Jacobsstraat 2 2000 Antwerpen
Language: English

Participation is free, but online registration is mandatory