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Automating the Archive: From Card Catalogues to Computer Bots

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ABSTRACT One of the enduring fantasies of technological automation is a ‘total’ archive. An archive without gaps or fissues or lacunae. An Archive that is intelligent, self-aware, even sentient. One that can write its own story, without historians and scholars dawdling in its dusty entrails. From card catalogues to computer bots, this talk explores the extractive, military, and colonial genealogies of the idea of automation within the archive.

BIO Dr Siddharth Soni is the Isaac Newton Trust Fellow at Cambridge Digital Humanities (CDH) and the Faculty of English, University of Cambridge

This talk is part of the Darwin College Humanities and Social Sciences Seminars series.

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