Special Events

Where Did the Empire Go?: Archives and Decolonization

Thursday, The Heyman Center

Jordanna Bailkin’s talk traced the fate of archives during the end
of empire. Scholars of colonialism have charted the taxonomies
generated by the sources of colonial archives, but very few studies
have focused on their postcolonial counterparts. Professor Bailkin
examined the industry of attentiveness to colonial archives, asking
why the sources pertaining to decolonization have drawn so little
attention. She considered the distinctive dynamics of secrecy and
transparency in 1950s and 1960s Britain (as well as the complex
and uneven history of declassification) in order to understand
which stories about the end of empire have been possible to tell