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Fall 2017 History UN3807 section 001
WALKING IN&OUT OF THE ARCHIVE

Call Number 78441
Day & Time
Location
R 12:10pm-2:00pm
302 Fayerweather
Points 4
Approvals Required None
Instructor Shahid Amin
Type SEMINAR
Course Description The seminar seeks to engage with a set of methodological concerns about the practices and probabilities of archives and history writing. It does so via close readings of key historical texts which engage and rearrange the documentary furniture of the archives, from both within and without. The concerns can be broadly articulated as: How statist is the mainstream archives, and how have historians attempted to mine and undermine it? With what apertures and techniques and disciplinary practices to capture the lives and deaths of those who produce goods and services, not documents? What is meant by ‘Historical Fieldwork’, and what are some of the ways in which historians have practiced it, whether writing about well-archived events, or the longue duree of a single village. What transpires when oral tales are written up from within the same cultural milieu as literary stories? What are the peculiarities of Oral History? And what have some of the best Oral Historians been able to accomplish? These questions will guide us through a set of important historiographic works, writings on archives, community histories. The students will develop a close appreciation of the challenges of doing and thinking historically from the margins and listening to the small voices in history.
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Department History
Enrollment 6 students (15 max) as of 7:07PM Saturday, December 16, 2017
Subject History
Number UN3807
Section 001
Division Interfaculty
Open To Columbia College, Barnard, General Studies, Engineering and Applied Science: Undergraduate
Campus Morningside
Section key 20173HIST3807W001

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