An Antidote to "Post-Truth". Teaching Audio-Visual Archiving as a Model for Evidence-Based Critical Thinking

by Sabrina Negri (University of Colorado Boulder)

Abstract: In 2016, the term ‘post-truth’ was named word of the year by Oxford dictionaries. The success of this expression, ‘denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief’, mirrors the pervasiveness that this anti-rational attitude has had in shaping social and political discourses for the past few years. In my talk, I will argue that audio-visual archiving and preservation could serve as a model for teaching evidence-based critical thinking, while at the same time challenging the widespread attitude that sees the humanities as the realm of individual opinions as opposed to rational investigations.

Sabrina Negri (PhD, 2017, Cinema and Media Studies, University of Chicago) is an Assistant Professor in Film Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder. She is a graduate of the L. Jeffrey Selznick School of Film Preservation at the George Eastman Museum and the recipient of the 2009 Haghefilm Foundation Fellowship. Her current work focuses on the digital preservation of analogue moving images and the evidentiary value of film materials.