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Riley Linebaugh

About me

Riley Linebaugh is a PhD candidate at the GCSC and JLU's History Faculty (FB 04, Zeitgeschichte). Her dissertation looks at the history and politics of colonial archives (the so-called "migrated archives") related to Kenya and Britain from the 1950s to the present. She has a professional qualification in archival studies from University College London (UCL) and has worked as an archivist at a variety of institutions such as the British Library, High Court of Uganda, and the Joseph Labadie Collection (University of Michigan). She is interested in archival restitution, (de)coloniality, and data rights. 

 

Dissertation working title: Curating the Colonial Past: Britain's "Migrated Archives" and the Struggle for Kenya's History 

Supervisors: Prof Dr Katharina Stornig (GCSC, JLU), Prof Dr David Anderson (Warwick)

Research Interests
  • Restitution
  • Coloniality & History
  • Bureaucracy, History of Science, Knowledge Production
  • Information Ecologies
Publications
Articles
  • Riley Linebaugh, Colonial Fragility: British 'Embarrassment' and the so-called 'Migrated Archives', under review: Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History.
  • Riley Linebaugh and James Lowry, The Archival Colour Line: Race and Post-Colonial Custody, under review: Archives and Records.
Book Chapters
  • Riley Linebaugh, "Un-documenting Migration: Postcolonial Document Destruction in Britain's Commonwealth," in: Bettina Severin-Barboutie (Ed.), War and Displacement, Peter Lang, forthcoming. 
  • Riley Linebaugh, "'Joint Heritage': Provincializing an Archival Ideal," in: James Lowry (Ed.) Disputed Archival Heritage, Routledge, forthcoming.
  • Riley Linebaugh and Katherine Bruce-Lockhart, "Coloniality and Power in Uganda's Archives," in: Katherine Bruce-Lockhart, Jon Earle, Nakanyike Musisi, Edgar Taylore (Eds.), Decolonisation and Public Life in Uganda, James Currey, forthcoming.
Other

Teaching

JLU History Faculty
Winter Semester 2020/21: "Preserving the Past: A Visit to Munich's City Archives" with Prof. Dr. Bettina Severin-Barboutie in partnership with the Munich City Archive (online).

Winter Semester 2020/21 "Archives: Gatekeepers of the Past?" with Prof. Dr. Bettina Severin-Barboutie (online).

Winter Semester 2019/20 "Women's Transnational Solidarity in the 20th Century" with Katharina Wolf.

 

JLU GGS Lecture Series

Winter Semester 2020/21 "Colonial Archives and the Question of Restitution"

Presentations
  • 'Locating the Past: Kenya's National Archives and the world'. February 2021, Global History Africa @ Warwick (online).
  • 'Operation Legacy and the Struggle for Kenya's Colonial Archives'. January 2021, "Rethinking the Politics & Practices of Print in Comparative Colonial Perspective", Edinburgh Centre for Global History (online).
  • '(Pre)Serving the State: British Archives, Kenyan Lands'. November 2019, African Studies Association Annual Meeting, Boston.
  • 'The Kenyan National Archive and (Post)Colonial Ideation,' June 2019, International Society for Cultural History, Tallinn.
  • 'Protecting Bad Intel in a Dirty War: The Origins of Kenya's "Migrated Archive," February 2019, Mainz-Oxford Graduate Workshop, Oxford.


Memberships

AG Geschichtstheorie

AG Global South (GCSC, JLU)

African Studies Association

British Institute of Eastern Africa