Her book, Archiving the Unspeakable: Silence, Memory, and the Photographic Record in Cambodia, was published by the University of Wisconsin Press as part of their Critical Human Rights series in 2014. You can order the book through amazon here. The book explores the role of archives and records in the construction of memory about the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia. Caswell's research traces a collection of mug shots taken at Tuol Sleng prison from their creation as bureaucratic documents that streamlined mass murder, to their inclusion in archives, digitization, and use by survivors and the family members of victims to spark narratives about the regime and memorialize the dead. The book also addresses the incorporation of the mug shots into tourist images which are then uploaded on flickr, Facebook, and travel blogs. The book was reviewed in The Public Historian and The Journal of Asian Studies.
Caswell is also the guest editor of a special double issue of Archival Science on archives and human rights (2014).
She is the co-founder of the South Asian American Digital Archive (SAADA), an online repository which documents and provides access to the diverse stories of South Asian Americans. SAADA was profiled by The New York Times in August 2012.
Caswell's research interests include:
- archival theory
- information ethics
- social justice, human rights, pluralism, and archives
- community archives as alternatives to mainstream institutions
- the politics of accountability, ownership and access
- the collective memory of violence
- archival pedagogy
- visual culture
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