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- ItemKeepers of Memory: Creativity, Reimagination, and Multiplicities in the Archives(2023) Ahmed, Meredith LeighKeepers of Memory explores the complex relationship between Archives and institutional attachment. The erasure of violence and upholding state and institutional power occur in the archive, where a monopoly between the archivist and perceived narrative begins. The archive's memory must be challenged and liberated from institutional barriers limiting access and shaping narratives. Additionally, a conversation explores the past's multiplicities and how archives retain and support state-led dominance. This research acts as a framework for reinventing archives by removing institutional attachment and incorporating marginalized perspectives. This is done to reapproach archives with a unique perspective based on artistic practice that can be reshaped as accessible, ethical, and community-oriented to serve the needs of scholars, artists, and the general public. Imagination is at the core of this work to create a new tradition by examining traditional and limited archival practices. In summary, Archives are not a singular story; they are complex sources of memory that would thrive under the unfettering of their contents. The archive's liberation, imagination, and uplifting of anarchist values is a beautiful tool and offers the opportunity to reclaim our histories from the memory of the institutions.
- ItemThe Deconstruction and Reformation of Community and Its Place Attachment Among Warren Wilson College Students in the Wake of COVID-19(2021-05) Francis, RileyCOVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the normal functioning of and social processes throughout the world. Warren Wilson College, as have at other colleges across the country and the world, has had to respond and adapt to these changes. Much of the focus of how COVID-19 has impacted higher education has been superficial and mostly focused on its structure, not yet looking in-depth into student experiences. Using mixed methods, this paper focuses on changes the COVID-19 pandemic has caused among the student community and its attachment to the traditional, physical Warren Wilson campus. These changes are examined through the lens of cultural geography, disaster studies and other concepts like liminality. The WWC student community attachment to place has always been and will continue to be important to its community identity in general. With the Spring 2020 closure as the inciting incident, sense of community and community attachment to place, particularly the physical campus has shifted and become disrupted. This attachment to place is both influenced by and frames changes happening within the student community. At the center of these changes is a dichotomy between solidarity and division. Shared experiences among students have been a site for solidarity, while factors like decreased social interactions and greater time confined to living spaces have worked to fragment the student community. Other factors, such as individual stress, comfort, familiarity, and the impact of online learning also play a role in these changes.