How to reflect the critique of the archive—one that relates to an archive as the house of power, archive as methodology to control access to history, archive as incarceration of uncaptured historiography—in the construction of an archive itself? With this question at the core, Decolonising Socialism: Entangled Internationalism research project embarked on a collaboration with Data Center for Science and Humanities(DaScH) in 2020. The research tool, highlighting decolonial concepts of tooling, sharpening the wires of alliances, chiseling a thought and unlabeling, un-categorizing that which has been hitherto categorized and misrepresented in various categories. This archival opening up, conceptually allows to inculcate various research material that has been undocumented, absent, invisible, unheard: Its materiality is subject to a metabolism in which political concepts such as socialism or internationalism contribute to the transhistorical investigation as much as bodies, desires, voices, failures and emotions unsettle a euro-centric white masculinity of the archive. The data modeling and entity relationships made this way, creates an ontological displacement in the materialismus of research material. These new ontologies of research material comprise images and films, interviews, transcriptions, books, research papers, scanned and digitized material and various unheard/unseen voices of visual and sonic registers. The research material can be made available to open-access via the research tool and remains accessible beyond the project completion with resilient data storage with DaScH. The Knora framework from DaScH allows access to the data over the web with a unique and consistent URL. Please refer to the link below for more information on the DaScH :

The data-modelling plan has been developed by vinit agarwal in collaboration with Lukas Rosenthaler, Daniela Subotic and Ivan Subotic of DaSch and in conversation with texts and voices by Audre Lorde, Carolyn Steedman, Denise Ferreira Da Silva and Fred Moten, Doreen Mende, Ute Holl, Elizabeth A. Povinelli, and many more.

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