Archiving Palestine: Perspectives on Loss, Recovery, Resistance, and Identity
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Summary: In this panel members of a recent delegation of librarians and
archivists to Palestine explore key themes in understanding the
histories, challenges and current work of both community and
institutional archives projects. Panelists discuss the destruction
of archival collections as well as their rediscovery and recovery,
current documentation projects, and critically explore the role of
archives in political practice.
Rachel Mattson is a historian and information worker living in Brooklyn, NY. She holds a PhD in US history (NYU, 2004) and an MSLIS (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign 2014). She currently works as the Director of Special Projects at the La Mama Experimental Theater Archive and as the Archivist for Occuprint. She lives in Brooklyn, NY, and spends a lot of time worrying about the impending obsolescence of analog videotape.
Maggie Schreiner is an archivist at the Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives. She holds an MA in Archives and Public History from NYU. As an academic and an activist, Maggie is interested in the creation of historical memory in social justice organizing. Maggie is a member of NYC tenant union the Metropolitan Council on Housing, and she curated an online exhibition on the organization's history.
Grace Lile is Director of Operations and Archives at the human rights organization WITNESS, where she founded the WITNESS Media Archive in 2004. She holds a BA in cinema studies and theater from Hunter College and an MLIS from Pratt Institute. At WITNESS she co-produced the Activists’ Guide to Archiving Video, an online resource in English, Spanish, and Arabic. She is currently an adjunct teacher in NYU’s Moving Image Archiving and Preservation Program.
Mezna Qato, Histories of Destruction: Archives from the 1920s to the Present
Mezna Qato (delegation coordinator) completed her doctorate on the history of Palestinian education at St. Antony’s College, Oxford. She is currently Ibrahim Abu-Lughod Fellow at the Center for Palestine Studies at Columbia University. She has done extensive work as both historian and archivist in Palestine, amongst Palestinian communities in exile, and in the Arab world. Active in academic, community, and solidarity initiatives, Mezna most recently co-edited a special issue of Settler Colonial Studies. She is Palestinian and based between Oxford, Chicago, and Tulkarm.
Rachel Mattson on delegation and present work of the group