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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Image for Archiving the Unspeakable: Silence, Memory, and the Photographic Record in CambodiaArchiving the Unspeakable: Silence, Memory, and the Photographic Record in Cambodia

10:00 am - 11:00 am - Oviatt Library, Ferman Presentation Room
http://library.csun.edu/blogs/goingson/archiving-the-unspeakable/

Guest Speaker: Dr. Michelle Caswell, Assistant Professor of Archival Studies in the Department of Information Studies at UCLA

The Khmer Rouge ruled Cambodia for less than four years. In their brief but devastating rule, approximately 1.7 million people died from untreated disease, starvation, and execution. For many, the regime's brutality has come to be symbolized by a series of black-and-white mug shots taken at the notorious Tuol Sleng prison, where thousands of "enemies of the state" were tortured before being sent to the Killing Fields. Based on a soon-to-be published book, this talk will trace the social life of these photographs through the lens of archival studies, arguing that these images are records first and foremost and that archival institutions are playing a key role in preserving and providing context to these records.