Repositories of Failure: Creating Abolitionist Archives to Project Past the Punishment Paradigm
Tuesday, April 4, 2017 – 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Express Newark, Rm 213 Hahne’s Building, Halsey St (map)
This talk will speculate on the following questions: to what extent and in what ways might communities use archives as avenues to abolish police and prisons in the United States? How can archivists, organizers, and resource allocators use the archive as a means and a method to envision a world without police and prisons, thereby assisting in the construction of a society that relies on new sets of relationships to promote justice? Drawing on historical research and narratives from A People’s Archive of Police Violence in Cleveland, Jarrett M. Drake will explore the term ‘abolitionist archives’ and describe how they constitute a critical component to the constellation of alternatives to imagine a societal landscape free from our present punishment paradigm.
Opening reception for From Rebellion to Review Board: Newark Fights for Police Accountability exhibit.
Jarrett M. Drake is the Digital Archivist at Princeton University and one of several organizers of A People’s Archive of Police Violence in Cleveland, an independent community-based archive in Cleveland, Ohio, that collects, preserves, and provide access to the stories, memories, and accounts of police violence as experienced or observed by Cleveland citizens. More information can be found at http://www.archivingpoliceviolence.org/.
Free and open to the public.