Research

Books

Caswell, Michelle. Archiving the Unspeakable: Silence, Memory, and the Photographic Record in Cambodia. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press, 2014. 

Peer-Reviewed  Publications
Punzalan, Ricardo and Caswell, Michelle. “Considering Archives and Social Justice.” Library Quarterly Special Issue on Social Justice, 2015. Accepted for publication, forthcoming.

Caswell, Michelle and Gilliland, Anne. “Dead Perpetrators, Imagined Documents, Emergent Evidence and False Promises: Deconstructing an Archival Paradox.” International Journal of Human Rights, Samuel Martinez and Cathy J. Schlund-Vials, guest eds. Accepted for publication, forthcoming.

Caswell, Michelle. “The Future of the Painful Past: The Materiality of the Digital in the South Asian American Digital Archive.” In Excavating Memory: Material Culture Approaches to Sites of Remembering and Forgetting. Gainesville, FL: University Press of Florida. Accepted for publication, forthcoming.

Caswell, Michelle. “Documenting South Asian American Struggles Against Racism: Community Archives In a Post-9/11 World.” In Powerful Times: Cultural Memories of Nonviolent Struggle. London: Palgrave. Accepted for publication, forthcoming.

Lorraine Dong, Joel Blanco Rivera, Michelle Caswell, Joanna Steele, “Examinations of Injustice: Methods for Studying Archives in a Human Rights Context,” book chapter in Research in the Archival Multiverse, Melbourne: Monash University Press, forthcoming.

Caswell, Michelle. “Seeing Yourself in History: Community Archives in the Fight Against Symbolic Annihilation.” The Public Historian 36(4) November 2014: 26-37.

Caswell, Michelle. “Community-Centered Collecting: Finding Out What Communities Want from Community Archives.” Proceedings of the 77th ASIS&T Annual Meeting, volume 51, October 31-November 4, 2014.

Caswell, Michelle. “Toward a Survivor-Centered Approach to Human Rights Archives: Lessons from Community-Based Archives.” Archival Science 14: 3-4 (2014): 307-322. Special Double Issue on Human Rights Archives.

Caswell, Michelle. “Inventing New Archival Imaginaries: Theoretical Foundations for Identity-Based Community Archives.” In Identity Palimpsests: Ethnic Archiving in the U.S. and Canada. Sacramento, CA: Litwin Books, 2014: 35-55. Winner, 2014 Library Juice Paper Competition.

Caswell, Michelle and Samip Mallick. “Collecting the Easily Missed Stories: Digital Participatory Microhistory and the South Asian American Digital Archive.” Archives and Manuscripts 42:1 (2014): 73-86. Reprinted in Participatory Archives in a World of Ubiquitous Media, Routledge, forthcoming.

Caswell, Michelle. “On Pluralism: What Religious Pluralism Can Teach Us About Archival Studies.” Archival Science 13 (2013): 273-92.

Caswell, Michelle. “Rethinking Inalienability: Trusting Nongovernmental Archives in Transitional Societies.” American Archivist 76(1): 2013, 113-134.

Caswell, Michelle. “Classifying Khmer Rouge Genocide: Archival Description, Ethnic Identity, and Accountability,” Archives without Borders: Archiefkunde 12 (2012), 223-235.

Michelle Caswell, Giso Broman, Jennifer Kirmer, Laura Martin, Nathan Sowry. “Implementing a Social Justice Framework in an Introduction to Archives Course: Lessons from Both Sides of the Classroom,” InterActions: UCLA Journal of Education and Information Studies 8:2 (2012).

Caswell, Michelle. “Using Classification to Convict the Khmer Rouge,” Journal of Documentation 68(2): 2012, 162-184.

Caswell, Michelle. “‘Thank You Very Much, Now Give Them Back’: Cultural Property and the Fight Over the Iraqi Baath Party Records,” American Archivist 74: Spring/Summer 2011, 211-240.

Pluralizing the Archival Curriculum Group, Archival Education and Research Institute, “Educating for the Archival Multiverse,” American Archivist 74: Spring/Summer 2011, 69-101.

Caswell, Michelle. “Hannah Arendt’s World: Bureaucracy, Documentation and Banal Evil,” Archivaria 70: Fall 2010, 1-25.

Eschenfelder, Kristin and Michelle Caswell, “Digital Cultural Collections in an Age of Reuse and Remixes," First Monday 15:1 November 2010. http://firstmonday.org/htbin/cgiwrap/bin/ojs/index.php/fm/article/view/3060/2640  

Caswell, Michelle. “Khmer Rouge Archives: Accountability, Truth, and Memory in Cambodia,” Archival Science 10: 1-2, January 2010, 25-44.

Caswell, Michelle. “Instant Documentation: Cell Phone Generated Records in Archives,” American Archivist 72:1 Spring/ Summer 2009, 133-145.

Caswell, Michelle. “Irreparable Damage: Violence, Ownership, and Voice in an Indian Archive,” Libri: International Journal of Library and Information Services 59:1 Spring 2009, 1-13.


Select Other Publications

Caswell, M. "Using Archival Description to Foster Accountability," The Witness Blog, October 2010.

Caswell, M. "Publish or Perish?" Midwest Archives Conference Newsletter, January 2010.

Caswell, M. "A Bad Day in Cambodia," IntheFray.org, March 4, 2007.

Caswell, M. "Whose Music Is It Anyway? A Review of Why White Kids Love Hip Hop," IntheFray.org, December 5, 2005.

Select Presentations

Caswell, Michelle. Invited Lecture, “Community Archives, Archival Communities,” University of California-Riverside, Public History Colloquium. April 29, 2015. Forthcoming.

Caswell, Michelle. “Research that Breaks Your Heart: Working With Difficult Subjects.” Panelist. Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) January 29, 2015.

Caswell, Michelle. “Teaching Social Justice as an Assistant Professor: Risks and Rewards.” Convener, Moderator, and Panelist. Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) January 29, 2015.

Caswell, Michelle. Invited Lecture, “Khmer Rouge Records: The Ethics of Looking,” Antioch College, Culver City, CA, January 26, 2015.

Caswell, Michelle. “From Human Rights to Feminist Ethics: Radical Empathy in Archives.” UCLA Human Rights Archives Symposium: Affect and the Archive, November 20, 2014.

Caswell, Michelle. “Lasting Traces, Digital Reuses: Tuol Sleng’s Photographic Archive and the Commodification of Memory in Cambodia,Memory, Media and Technology: Exploring the Trajectories of Schindler’s List. University of Southern California Shoah Foundation, November 16-18, 2014.

Caswell, Michelle. Invited Lecture. “Archiving the Unspeakable: Silence, Memory and the Photographic Record in Cambodia.” University of California, Berkeley, Center for Southeast Asian Studies, November 13, 2014.

Caswell, Michelle. “Community-Centered Collecting: Finding Out What Communities Want from Community Archives.” Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) Annual Meeting, November 4, 2014.

Caswell, Michelle. Invited Speaker. “Performing (In)Justice: Tracing the Digital Reuses of Khmer Rouge Records.” University of Michigan Institute for the Humanities, “Data, Social Justice, and the Humanities,” October 3, 2014.

Caswell, Michelle. Invited Speaker. UCLA Library and Information Studies Alumni Association, “Archiving the Unspeakable: Silence, Memory and the Photographic Record in Cambodia,” UCLA, November 9, 2013.

Caswell, Michelle. “Community Participation and Post-Custodial Possibilities: Building the South Asian American Digital Archive.” Community Informatics Research Network, Monash University Prato Center, Prato, Italy, October 28, 2013.

Caswell, Michelle. “Toward a Survivor-Centered Approach to Human Rights Archives: Lessons from Community-Based Archives.” UCLA Symposium on Archives and Human Rights, Los Angeles, October 19, 2013.

Caswell, Michelle. Invited Keynote Speaker. “Archiving the Unspeakable.” California State University-Northridge, September 12, 2013.

Caswell, Michelle. “Survivor Status as Provenance,” Archives and Records Association UK and Ireland Annual Meeting. Cardiff, August 30, 2013.
           
Caswell, Michelle.  Invited Discussant, “Provoking the Provocateur: A Response to Verne Harris’s Re-constructing the Archive.” Collecting Ideas: The Idea of Collecting. German Federal Ministry of Education and Research and German Literature Archive, Marbach, Germany, May 2013. 

Caswell, Michelle.  “The Commodification of Memory in Post-Intervention Cambodia.” Association for Asian Studies Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, March 2013. Panel sponsored by the Center for Khmer Studies.

Caswell, Michelle.  “The Social Life of Khmer Rouge Records.” Association for Library and Information Science Education Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA. January 2013.

Caswell, Michelle.  Using Social Justice Case Studies to Introduce Archival Concepts,” Pluralizing Archival Education Panel. Association for Library and Information Science Education Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA. January 2013.

Caswell, Michelle. “Digital Diasporas and Post-Custodial Possibilities: Building the South Asian American Digital Archive.” International Conference on New Media, Memories, History, Nanyang Technical University, Singapore, October 5-6, 2012.

Caswell, Michelle. “Independent Community-Based Archives: Opportunities and Challenges.” Society of American Archivists Annual Meeting, San Diego, August 11, 2012.

Caswell, Michelle. Plenary: “Interdisciplinary Approaches to Archival Studies: Lessons from Religious Studies.” Archives Education and Research Institute, UCLA, July 11, 2012.

Caswell, Michelle. “Digitizing the Diaspora.” Center for International Studies, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, February 8, 2012.

Caswell, Michelle. “Memory in the Diaspora: South Asian American Digital Archive Community Forum.” Roosevelt University, Chicago, IL, February 7, 2012.

Caswell, Michelle. “Bearing Witness: Silence and Agency in Archives of Khmer Rouge Mug Shots.” Association for Library and Information Science Education, Dallas, TX, January 19, 2012.

Caswell, Michelle. “‘It Will Never Be Erased’: What Khmer Rouge Mug Shots Teach Us About Teaching Genocide.” World History Association Symposium, Siem Reap, Cambodia, January 4, 2012.

Caswell, Michelle. “Bearing Witness to Genocide: How to Look at Khmer Rouge Mug Shots.” Archives Education and Research Institute, Simmons College, Boston, MA, July 11, 2011.

Caswell, Michelle. “From Egypt with Love, Maybe: Archival Authenticity in a Global, Digital Age.” UW-Madison/ UW-Milwaukee Research Forum, UW-Milwaukee, April 29, 2011.

Caswell, Michelle. “Khmer Rouge Photographs: Text, Context, and the Archive as Agent.” Association for Asian Studies Annual Meeting, Honolulu, HI, March 31, 2011.

Caswell, Michelle. “Classifying Khmer Rouge Genocide: Archival Description, Ethnic Identity, and Accountability,” Human Rights and Archives/ Formation of the Nation State and National Identity. Archives without Borders International Conference, The Hague, The Netherlands, August 31, 2010.

Caswell, Michelle. “Preserving Khmer Rouge Archives: International Cooperation and Accountability in Cambodia,” Preserving and Digitizing Records in the Developing World: Trust, Accountability, and International Cooperation, Society of American Archivists Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, August 14, 2010.
           
Caswell, Michelle. “‘Research Heals’: Trusting Khmer Rouge Digital Archives,” Digitizing Records in the Developing World, Forum on Archives and Records Management Education Research, Oxford University, England, July 6, 2010.

Caswell, Michelle. “Archives and the Construction of Collective Memory in Cambodia,” Renegotiating Principles and Practices. Archival Education and Research Institute, The University of Michigan School of Information, June 24, 2010.

Caswell, Michelle. “The Preservation of Khmer Rouge Documents: Environment, Security, and International Cooperation.” Archival Education and Research Institute, University of California, Los Angeles, July 11, 2009.

Caswell, Michelle. “Academic Publishing: Of Proposals and Editors.” The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Center for 21st Century Studies, April 24, 2009.
           
Caswell, Michelle. “Instant Documentation: Cell Phone Generated Records in Archives.” The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Information Studies, Student Research Symposium, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, October 18, 2008.