A So-Called Archive: Unsettling Extraction and Recuperation in Archival Research

  • Eleanor Roberts (Invited speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentation for an academic audienceInvited talk for an academic audience


This invited provocation was given as part of 'Re-search: Returns and accumulations in creative and theoretical processes', Kingston University 2021. Eleanor Roberts will interrogate concepts of authenticity in archival research. Particularly, she will discuss speculative, automythological and decentred performance practices which enact active politics of refusal – and how they may brush up against the fraught terrain of so-called 'post-truth'. The provocation centres on a reading of Onyeka Igwe's film 'a so-called archive' (2020).

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Period6 May 2021
Event titleRe-search: Returns and accumulations in creative and theoretical processes
Event typeWorkshop
LocationUnited KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionNational


  • historiography
  • archives
  • performance
  • decoloniality