WORKS IN & FOR PROGRESS
DOCUMENTING BLACK HAWAIʻI
The goals of this project are to write people of African descent back into the history of Hawaiʻi and to engage local communities from the African diaspora in the preservation and telling of their own stories. The forthcoming Black Hawaiʻi Digital Archive is one of Documenting Black Hawaiʻi's current research initiatives.
This research is aimed at rethinking archival description and working toward developing radical redescription practices that speak to a growing urgency in the archives profession to grapple with existing harmful and violent description and to remediate the harm caused by past descriptive practices.
Learn more about our research.
We are proud to showcase the results of research undertaken by members of our interdisciplinary Research and Community Engagement Lab. Our work and findings have been published in a number of prestigious publications in our field.
A WEAPON AND A TOOL:
DECOLONIZING DESCRIPTION AND EMBRACING REDESCRIPTION AS LIBERATORY ARCHIVAL PRAXIS
This article uses Indigenous decolonizing methodologies and Critical Race Theory (CRT) as methodological and theoretical frameworks to address colonial and racialized concerns about archival description; to argue against notions of diversity and inclusion in archival descriptive practices; and to make recommendations for decolonizing description and embracing redescription as liberatory archival praxis.