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Archive administrative et vies infimes : des intensités de papier

Abstract : This paper is built on the evidence of thousands of identity certificates stored in the basement of a French public building. Collectively, this material documents the daily work of Armenian representatives on behalf of their fellow exiles in France and exemplifies the procedures developing during the “first age” of contemporary Asylum law. The analysis focuses on the methodological ways to turn anonymous paperwork into meaningful historical material. Through archiving, atomized individual figures draw the outline of a coherent object of inquiry, hoisted from oblivion by the historian. Face, ancestry, name, place of origin: the various components of identify fall into place. Then the attention can shift towards the meaningful lacunae and the marginal comments witnessing the violence, the human ties torn apart, the milestones of migration and exile. As such, this humble documentation stands out as a rich object of inquiry to study the Armenian genocide from the point of view of the survivors’ ordinary struggles.
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Anouche Kunth. Archive administrative et vies infimes : des intensités de papier. Presses universitaires de Paris Nanterre. L'objet de la migration, le sujet en exil, 2020, 978-2-84016-320-6. ⟨halshs-03101003⟩



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