4. Technopolitics in the Archive: Sovereignty, Research, and Everyday Life

Title4. Technopolitics in the Archive: Sovereignty, Research, and Everyday Life
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2020
AuthorsÖzden‐Schilling, Tom
JournalHistory and Theory
AbstractThis article explores the place of the archive in the context of land claims research. This essay develops a critical approach to identity technopolitics with the aim of helping historians working with indigenous communities to ask new kinds of questions about the relationships and subject positions opened up by archivization and the myriad other technologies of land claims research. Since researchers first began preparing for the Canadian case, Delgamuukw’ and Gisday'wa v. The Queen, four decades ago, the immense stores of documentary evidence generated for the trial have given ground to numerous new claims and conflicts. Tracing the experiences of one prominent Gitxsan historical researcher who has leveraged his own archive and expertise to build genealogies for hundreds of individuals, I explore the intimate disappointments and impossible obligations that indigenous historians must mediate.
Short Title4. Technopolitics in the Archive