Archival practices and the making of ‘memories’

Natasha S. Mauthner, Judit Gardos

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Following Derrida (1995), our article explores the relationship between archival practices and archival documents on the assumption that ‘archivization produces as much as it records the event’ (Derrida 1995:17). On this approach, archival practices are understood as non-innocent practices that, in the act of ‘preservation’, help make specific ‘memories’ at the expense of others (Barad 2007, Derrida 1995, Foucault 1972). We take up this issue in relation to the curation of social science quantitative research data, and argue that the ontological identity of data is constituted through historically- and culturally-specific data curation practices including data cleaning, data anonymisation and metadata preparation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)155-169
Number of pages15
JournalNew Review of Information Networking
Issue number1-2
Early online date17 Dec 2015
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • philosophy of the archive
  • archival science
  • social science data archives
  • data curation
  • data cleaning
  • data anonymisation
  • metadata preparation


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