Audiovisual Archives, Cultural History and the Digital Turn in Latin America
29 maart 2019
Stadscampus, de Meerminne, aula M.101 - St-Jacobsstraat 2 - 2000 Antwerpen (route: UAntwerpen, Stadscampus
15 - 16.30 uur
Organisatie / co-organisatie:
Faculty of Social Sciences
FSW Lecture by Dr Juana Suarez, New York University
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.