Johanna Heide studied American Studies and Cultural Studies at the University of Potsdam, Duke University and at the EFLU in Hyderabad. Since 2019, she is a PhD fellow with the DFG-funded RTG Minor Cosmopolitanisms at the University of Potsdam. Her research deals with questions of the ‘archive of slavery’ and its afterlives. Besides academia, she works as an editor for news and non-fiction.
Beyond the objects in any given archive is a myriad of people, encounters and exchanges. The desire to locate the human element beneath archives is challenged by new technology. As part of ‘Life Stories and Archives’, we began a virtual ‘common archive’. Our collaborative thread addresses pertinent questions arising from shared interests in how individual’s origins, biases, networks and political struggles fuel the need to collect.