‘I will not leave, my freedom is more precious than my blood’ From affect to precarity: crowd-sourced citizen archives as memories of the Syrian war

Saber, Dima and Long, Paul (2017) ‘I will not leave, my freedom is more precious than my blood’ From affect to precarity: crowd-sourced citizen archives as memories of the Syrian war. Archives and Records, 38 (1). pp. 80-99. ISSN 2325-7962

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Abstract

Based on the authors’ mapping of citizen-generated footage from Daraa, the city where the Syria uprising started in March 2011, this article looks at the relation between crowd-sourced archives and processes of history making in times of war. It describes the ‘migrant journey’ of the Daraa archive, from an eyewitness documentation of the early days of the uprising, to a digital archive of the Syrian war. It also assesses the effects of digital technologies for rethinking the ways in which our societies bear witness and remember. By so doing, this article attempts to address the pitfalls attending the representation and narrativisation of an ongoing conflict; from issues of ownership, consent, harm, agency, vulnerability, and objectification, to the broader ethical implications of representing death, trauma and the affective experiences of war. It concludes with a reflection on the changing nature of such archival materials, mainly in the light of rising concerns of the precariousness and disappearance of the digital archives.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: P300 Media studies
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Design and Media > Birmingham School of Media
Faculty of Arts, Design and Media > Centre for Media and Cultural Research
UoA Collections > UoA36: Communication, Cultural and Media Studies, Library and Information Management
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Depositing User: Paul Long
Date Deposited: 14 Jun 2017 09:57
Last Modified: 13 Dec 2017 13:50
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/4642

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