The Diary – Collective Notes on Archives of Commons

Scott Caruth Özge Çelikaslan Naz Cuguoğlu Kamila Kuc Maria Morata Lalu Özban Onur Öztürk Nina Prader Eshan Rafi Maria Sideri
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13.03.2022

[1] From the workshop discussion emerges an open-source, collaborative diary for creating archival alliances. We identify “commoning the archive” as a disobedient, decolonized, autonomous, subversive and rogue practice. Hereby, we can approach it as a collective mnemonic practice involving communities themselves in memory-making processes as opposed to the state-led construction of history. Alongside the diary, we present a map that includes and involves do-it-yourself archives, activist archives, participatory community archives, anarchives, autonomous archives, disobedient archives, feminist and LGBTQI archives, and so on, they all function as different forms of non-institutional archives dedicated to archive all kinds of data, objects, memories, oral histories, human experiences, feelings, emotions and affect for human rights activism, social justice, commons’ struggle, subculture, empowerment, visibility, collectivity and so on. 

  1. This contribution is published as the workshop findings of “Archival Burnout in the Age of Vulnerability: [Disobedient] Commons and their Dilemmas, Speculations, Emotions”. The workshop was convened by Özge Çelikaslan and Naz Cuguoğlu and took place online from October 2021 – March 2022 as part of the Whole Life Academy Berlin. 

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This contribution is published in the framework of the Whole Life Academy as part of the workshop “Archival Burnout in the Age of Vulnerability: [Disobedient] Commons and their Dilemmas, Speculations, Emotions.

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