Tracks and traces

In the last chapter of our book ‘The Archive Project’, we take the notion of the trace as a way to look back at our work and weave together its different threads. In doing so, we point to the different translations of Bloch’s notion: ‘la trace’ as ‘track’ in Putnam’s translation of his book and as ‘trace’ in Spivak’s translation of Derrida’s work.

Tracks and Traces: Genealogies, Histories, Memories

In this paper, presented at the Edinburgh symposium on ‘Tracing the trace‘ in January 2017, I look at how tracks and traces have been brought together in my overall experience of doing archival research and talk about the importance of geography in tuning the researcher into ‘other times’ and ‘other spaces’. I finally show how these geographical experiences have been symbolically transformed into maps and images in blogs that I have created around my publications on women garment workers’ narratives.

Taking the notion of the trace further, Liz Stanley develops an analytics of traces in the context of archival research for the ‘Whites Writing Whiteness’ project.