Curating Archives, curating slippages


Marianna Hovhannisyan, PI

The  interdisciplinary project Curating archives,  curating slippages is researching the lack of knowledge transmission  between generations of Armenians “becoming American,” from the 1915 Armenian Genocide survivors, who found refuge in the US, to successive  generations. This research activates archives, public library and community/personal materials in Los Angeles and Fresno by working with a specific community of  Armenian archivists and a metadata specialist in California. Through recognizing the commonalities of slippages, mistags, presumptions, and materialities of found objects in these archives, the project aims to propose an alternative finding aid that will surface heretofore uncollated materials, hidden narratives and unspoken  epistemologies. 

Funded by the University of California, Office of the President, Critical Refugees Studies Collective.