“Making (up) an Archive: Women’s History in a Digital Mode” on Nov. 13


November 6, 2012

Professor Afsaneh Najmabadi will address the issues raised by the Women’s Worlds in Qajar Iran (WWQI) digital archive project on Tuesday, November 13th, 2012 at 4:00pm in MIT Room 3-133.  WWQI is a digital resource that preserves, links and renders accessible primary-source materials related to the social and cultural history of women’s worlds in Qajar Iran. Through the use of technology it brings together little known archives scattered across the world. Given the dearth of available primary-source materials related to women in the Qajar era, it is not surprising that, to date, the vast majority of Qajar social histories have focused almost exclusively on the struggles, achievements, and day-to-day realities of the men of that period. This is in part a matter of expediency; while men’s writing have been easily accessible in various national archives for decades (and many have in more recent years been published in edited volumes), most women’s writings, photographs, and other personal papers have to date remained sequestered in private family hands.WWQI aims to open up the documented social and cultural histories of Qajar women, thus allowing for the examinations of broader patterns of life during this era.

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