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Uncertainty of Digital Archives: Exploring Nostalgia and Civic Engagement

  • Ekaterina Kalinina
Wednesday 28 March 2018
Cleveringaplaats 1
2311 BD Leiden

In this talk, Ekaterina Kalinina (Södertörn University/ University of Copenhagen) looks into online archiving practices on social media as specific practices of civic engagement. Focussing in particula on Russian community sanctioned archives, she explores how these archives serve to collect and preserve information on, and memories about, vanishing architectural gems by soliciting contributions from community members, as well as by actively protesting against the demolition of urban landscapes in Russia. Rather than documents in a strict sense, these archives’ content, Kalinina argues, form a collection of nostalgically tainted monuments to a transient present, therewith functioning as a medial infrastructure in the staging of a new conception of communal relations, and as a device to frame a newly emerging conception of individuality.

Ekaterina Kalinina is a postdoctoral researcher at Department of Art and Cultural Studies at Copenhagen University, Denmark. In her current project on the Uncertainty of Digital Archives she explores the role of affective mnemonic experiences, such as nostalgia, in triggering social mobilization in digital and physical environments.

This talk is part of the Leiden Lectures on Media | Art | Politics, organized by Pepita Hesselberth and Yasco Horsman, and made possible with the support of



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