Enacting Archival Research at UNM

The Archival Research Strategies event was supported by IFAIR and INLP and intended to serve as a conversation-starter and a “how-to” panel on how scholars at UNM enact archival research, in terms of funding, ethics, and questions of efficiency. The target audience for the event was upper-level undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty from across disciplines. Dr. Newmark’s presentation engaged with themes from Indigenous rhetorics, as a place to begin. Her research, of which she shared examples, concerned bureaucratic documents (from the Bureau of Indian Affairs), such as census documents and reports, Agency Superintendents’ reports, Agency Physicians’ reports, and School Superintendents’ reports. Her presentation engaged topics concerning archives and the colonial project as well as multimodal theories as connected to archival research. Dr. Gore’s presentation concerned her recently completed dissertation and her project’s central metaphor, concerning “Books as Bodies.” Dr. Gore engaged questions concerning colonial practices of archival collection and their frequent misalignment with indigenous peoples and knowledge-systems. Dr. Gore discussed ethical dilemmas and asked how we negotiate these dilemmas by bringing to the fore contemporary de-colonial framework as emerging within Indigenous studies.