The Archive as Dumpster – Pivot 4:1



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The Archive as Dumpster
Mél Hogan


In four exploratory theoretical gestures (appraise, dispose, hoard and mediate), I propose the ‘archive as dumpster’ as a framework for returning to the physical conditions of memory, where “picking through the trash” subverts traditional archival methodologies by insisting on the very material consequences of a culture inculcated in networked digital communications. I make an argument that by posing the archive as a mediatic question (Parikka 2013), we can begin to account for the ways in which the perceived immateriality and weightlessness of our data is in fact with immense humanistic, environmental, political, and ethical repercussions. It is also a means by which we come to understand who we are, looking forward. In both cases, pitting the archive’s orderly ambitions against the dumpster’s stinking mess reveals a ‘call of things’ (Bennett 2011); the slow and often distanced process of disposal and waste to remind us who we are, in and over time, in and out of our bodies, increasingly under the impression of a dematerialised engagement with our stuff.

Evidencing the Struggles of Academic Feminism

Chapter 3: Suture and Scars: Evidencing the Struggles of Academic Feminism” In Kumarini Silva and Kaitlynn Mendes (eds) Feminist Erasures: Challenging Backlash Culture. Palgrave Macmillan.


Feminist Erasures: Challenging Backlash Culture – Edited by Kumarini Silva and Kaitlynn Mendes

Feminist Erasures presents a collection of original essays that examines the state of feminism in North America and Western Europe. It focuses on a range of cultural and political contexts to interrogate the apathy toward, erasure of, and interventions in feminist discourse and analysis from popular and political culture. In providing a scholarly critique of feminism’s erasure from various social and political contexts, including news media, popular culture, labor, motherhood, and feminist activism, this collection makes visible the systematic marginalization of women and women’s rights in contemporary culture.

Table of Contents:

1. Introduction: (In)visible and (Ir)relevant: Setting a Context; Kumarini Silva and Kaitlynn Mendes

2. CEOs and Office Ho’s: Notes from the Trenches of Our Women’s Studies Classrooms; Sara T. Bernstein and Elise M. Chatelain
3. Suture and Scars: Evidencing the Struggles of Academic Feminism; Andrea Zeffiro and Mél Hogan
4. Feminist Erasure: The Development of a Black Feminist Methodological Theory; Alexandra Moffett-Bateau

5. Illegible Rage: Performing Femininity in Manhattan Call Girl; Katherine Hindle
6. Empowered Vulnerability?: A Feminist Response to the Ubiquity of Sexual Violence in the Pilots of Female-Fronted Teen Drama Series; Susan Berridge
7. Against Conformity: Families, Respectability and the Representation of Gender-Nonconforming Youth of Color in Gun Hill Road and Pariah; Natalie Havlin and Celiany Rivera-Velázquez
8. ‘Money’s a Bitch’: Women, Gender, and the Financial Markets in Hollywood Films; Micky Lee and Monika Raesch
9. Gladiator in a Suit?: Scandal’s Olivia Pope and the Post-Identity Regulation of Physical Agency; Jennifer McClearen

10. Got Milk? Motherhood, Breastfeeding and (Re)domesticating Feminism; Kumarini Silva
11. Running Mother Ragged: Women and Labor in the Age of Telework; Eric Lohman
12. Infertility Blogging, Body and the Avatar; Rosemary Hepworth

13. SlutWalk, Feminism and News; Kaitlynn Mendes
14. A critical reading of SlutWalk in the news: Reproducing postfeminism and whiteness; Lauren McNicol

INC Reader Society of the Query: Reflections on Web

Dear Society of the Query-contributor,

In April the INC Reader Society of the Query: Reflections on Web Search was published. In the last months we have also been working on a Dutch adaptation of some of the articles, specifically meant for educational purposes. Your article is one of them, because we found it conveyed a strand and important message, especially for this group of teachers and students. The articles are now available in the Society of the Query magazine. See

To download it, go to on your tablet (it’s made specially for iPad, but should work on other tablets as well), choose ‘Add to Home Screen’ and then you can open it from there. Also there is a pdf available which can be downloaded here:

The reference for the magazine is
Marc Stumpel and Miriam Rasch (eds) Society of the Query Magazine: 10 artikelen over zoeken op het web. Amsterdam: Institute of Network Cultures, 2014,

Although this is in Dutch, please feel free to share. Also don’t hesitate to promote the printed book. If you need more copies or want to use it in class, contact me! The ePub will be available shortly as well.

Thanks again for you contribution, it’s very much appreciated.
Best wishes,
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