Archival research: unravelling space/time/matter entanglements and fragments
Tamboukou, M. 2013. Archival research: unravelling space/time/matter entanglements and fragments. Qualitative Research.
In recent years, archival research in the social sciences is emerging as a vibrant field of qualitative research, with contributions from a range of disciplinary fields, epistemological standpoints, theoretical insights and methodological approaches. In this article, I explore archival research strategies in life-history research, drawing on my experience of working at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Centre, University of Texas at Austin, reading the letters of Dora Carrington (1893–1932), an English painter, who lived and worked in the peripheries of the Bloomsbury group. The archive in my analysis is theorized as a spatial and discursive apparatus of experimentation, whose configuration has an impact on the type of data and the kind of knowledges that will derive from it. Drawing on neo-materialist approaches in feminist science studies, what I suggest is that the researcher’s questions, interpretations, theoretical insights and analytical tropes emerge as intra-actions between space/time/matter relations and forces within the archive.
|Keywords||archives; Barad; diffractions; intra-actions; letters; rhythms; space/time|
|Accepted author manuscript|
|Web address (URL)||http://qrj.sagepub.com/content/early/2013/06/18/1468794113490719|
|18 Jun 2013|
|Publication process dates|
|Deposited||17 Mar 2014|
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