PhD Professional Development Workshop: Archives of State Violence and Research for Justice, 3/12, 11am

Archives of State Violence and Research for Justice
A PhD Professional Development Career Workshop

Friday, March 12, 2021, 11am to 12:30pm

Audience: JHU PhD students in humanities, social sciences, public health, medicine, etc.

Please join the Program in Racism, Immigration, and Citizenship (RIC) for our Spring 2020 workshop on post-doctoral careers in reform of the criminal punishment system.

On Friday, March 12, from 11am to 12:30pm, we will hold a workshop titled “Archives of State Violence and Research for Justice,” a PhD professional development career workshop featuring Dr. Alex Galarza (University of Delaware) and Dr. Brie Gettleson (Haverford College), moderated by Dr. Heather Furnas (JHU Sheridan Libraries) and Dr. Stuart Schrader (JHU RIC).

This event is aimed at JHU PhD students interested in considering careers in archives and libraries, as well as PhD students interested in career paths addressing the carceral state beyond the United States, particularly in Latin America.

Galarza and Gettleson will discuss their Andrew W. Mellon Foundation–supported international and collaborative digital scholarship project titled “Digitizing the Disappeared: Partnerships to Publish Digital Scholarship on Guatemala’s Desaparecidos.” The project is supporting the digital publication of case files from the archives of the Grupo de Apoyo Mutuo (GAM), a human rights organization in Guatemala founded in 1984 by women searching for their murdered loved ones during the Guatemalan Civil War (1960–1996). This project involves students, scholars, and human rights activists in building a digital archive and sharing knowledge that can shift historical memory of the conflict, building on the work of the Archivo Histórico de la Policía Nacional, a collection of records relating to the national police of Guatemala.

This conversation will address practical questions about applying doctoral training to archival practice, as well as explaining the challenges and rewards of cross-border institutional collaboration with human rights organizations.

Co-sponsored by Latin America in a Globalizing World, this is the second conversation in a series funded by a grant from the JHU Provost’s Professional Development Innovation Initiative. This new project is aimed at professional development for JHU PhD students, assisting with career planning beyond traditional academic employment. Over the next two years, these conversations will concern careers in reform of the criminal punishment system, broadly construed. These workshops will feature a number of speakers with graduate training in humanities/social sciences who are working on alternatives to mass incarceration in the United States (and beyond). These workshops will allow JHU PhD students to learn about several different types of organizations and how they might use their doctoral training in this sphere, as well to network with leaders in this area. These workshops will be led by JHU faculty Nathan Connolly (History), Stuart Schrader (Sociology), Christy Thornton (Sociology), and Vesla Weaver (Political Science & Sociology).