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Basu, Paul and De Jong, Ferdinand (2016) 'Utopian Archives, Decolonial Affordances: Introduction to Special Issue.' Social Anthropology, 24 (1). pp. 5-19.

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Colonial archives constituted a technology that enabled the collection, storage, ordering, retrieval and exchange of knowledge as an instrument of colonial governance. It is not surprising that when such archives were inherited by independent nation-states they were not given the authority previously granted them and have often been neglected. What, then, is the future of colonial archives in postcolonial nations? How should we rethink these archives in relation to decolonial futures? This essay introduces a collection of articles that explore the repertoires of action latent in archives and how colonial archives are being reconfigured to imagine decolonial futures.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: archives, decolonisation, memory, affordances, postcolonial futures
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of Anthropology & Sociology
Legacy Departments > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Department of Anthropology and Sociology
ISSN: 09640282
Copyright Statement: © 2016 The Authors. Social Anthropology published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd on behalf of European Association of Social Anthropologists. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. (
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Date Deposited: 29 Jan 2016 09:04
Related URLs: http://onlineli ... .12281/abstract (Publisher URL)

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