The year 2017 marked the 100th anniversary of the sale and transfer of the islands now known as the U.S. Virgin Islands from Denmark to the United States. That year, the Danish government began digitizing a number of archival records from its colonial history. Now, two years on, our guests will discuss the significance of this project, including questions related to access and translation, as well as the nature of what can be traced, remembered, and imagined through these archives. La Vaughn Belle, Dr. Tami Navarro , Helle Stenum and Tiphanie Yanique, will bring questions from their own work in creative and scholarly archival practices, and addressing structural inequalities in the archives. This conversation will highlight national projects to digitize archives of historic, and often enduring, state violence.
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