This essay is the outcome of my affective immersion in a century-old family archive. Through writing as a method of inquiry, I focus on a particular episode that happened within my family and use it as a starting point to question the archive as a performative, patriarchal system. Accompanied by post-structural concepts, I wander through its rooms unsettling their order; through anarchiving I attend the archive’s marginal spaces and silences by wonder. In this immersive process, I question my own research and position within the family history while also abandoning myself to a feeling of nostalgia for what the archive used to be.
Anarchiving: A Cracked Lullaby
Giulia Carozzi is a mother of two children and a full-time PhD student at Moray House, School of Education and Sport, University of Edinburgh, where she is working on her research titled “Living a Legitimate Space.” Correspondence to: Giulia Carozzi, Moray House, School of Education and Sport, Edinburgh University, Holyrood Road, Edinburgh EH8 8AQ, UK. Email: G.Carozzi@sms.ed.ac.uk.
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Giulia Carozzi; Anarchiving: A Cracked Lullaby. Departures in Critical Qualitative Research 1 June 2022; 11 (1-2): 102–126. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/dcqr.2022.11.1-2.102
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