From 12 October 2021

Inward Outward. Critical Archival Engagements with Sounds and Films of Coloniality

SYMPOSIUM | 12-15 Oct 2021 | Zoom Online 

The international symposium Inward Outward brings together archival practitioners, artists, academics, and researchers to explore the status of moving image and sound archives as they intertwine with questions of coloniality, identity and race.

More information and program to follow. 


Archives, assumed to be containers of memory, are vested with a particular power to constitute and define who is and who is not included in (his)stories. Inward Outward asks what approaches and interventions exist (or could be imagined) that question archival practices in an effort to “decolonize” the archive, and explores  what “decolonizing” the archive—within and beyond the walls of established institutions—could offer for the production of new bodies of knowledge.

There is something specific to sound and moving images as they hold a particular type of textured representation that uniquely captures the visual and aural qualities of who or what is being recorded. Taking a critical archiving approach as its base, Inward Outward explores what is specific to moving image and sound materials, including both materials of the past and those created in the present, and the archival practices used to collect, preserve, and make them accessible. 

Initiated between the Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies (KITLV) and Sound and Vision, and with the support of the Research Center of Material Culture (RCMC), the first Inward Outward took place in January of 2020. 


The second Inward Outward will take place October 12-14, 2021 online.

The upcoming edition will focus on Emotion in the Archive. This theme emerged during the first symposium, and has since occupied increasing space as a direct response to recent global occurrences. 

For more details, please download the Call for Presentations with session descriptions, suggested presentation formats and submission information. 

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Publication 2020

Download the publication of the 2020 Inward Outward symposium on Critical Archival Engagements with Sounds and Films of Coloniality. Conceived as a way to further discussions that surfaced during the symposium, this digital publication collects different contributions from the speakers of Inward Outward. Across 80-pages, 16 individual texts unfold, exploring coloniality and questioning what “decolonizing” the archive might look like as it intersects with sound and moving image collections, archival practices, artistic approaches, intimacy, reimagining the archive, and more.