Post-Custodial Collaboration at LLILAS Benson
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This panel will discuss the multifaceted collaboration between El Salvador’s Museo de la Palabra y la Imagen (Museum of the Word and the Image) and the University of Texas at Austin since the formalization of the partnership in 2014, thanks to the generous support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Founded in 1999, the Museum (commonly referred to by its acronym MUPI) collects, preserves, and educates on El Salvador’s historical and cultural heritage. After the Civil War (1980-1992) and with the signing of the Chapultepec Peace Accords in 1992, journalist Carlos Henríquez Consalvi, directed a team initiative to rescue diverse archives and audio files on social movements; this conservation effort has been extended to include diverse themes regarding Salvadoran culture, identity, and history.
David Bliss, the Digital Processing Archivist at the Benson Latin American Collection (UT-Austin), will talk about the ongoing digitization work that has led to the development of three collections produced primarily by clandestine groups and solidarity organizations, as well as the military, during the Salvadoran Civil War: an armed conflict propaganda collection, MUPI’s periodical library, and the Radio Venceremos rebel broadcasts recordings. Bliss will reflect on the post-custodial praxis and the barriers bureaucracy and politics have posed in this and concurrent initiatives.