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Producing the Archival Body
By Jamie A. Lee

Routledge ‘Studies in Archives’ Series, 2021

Description: Producing the Archival Body draws on theoretical and practical research conducted within US and Canadian archives, along with critical and cultural theory, to examine the everyday lived experiences of archivists and records creators that are often overlooked during archival and media production.

Expanding on the author’s previous work, which engaged archival and queer theories to develop the Queer/ed Archival Methodology that intervenes in traditional archival practices, the book invites readers interested in humanistic inquiry to re-consider how archives are defined, understood, deployed, and accessed to produce subjects. Arguing that archives and bodies are mutually constitutive and developing a keen focus on the body and embodiment alongside archival theory, the author introduces new understandings of archival bodies. Contributing to recent disciplinary moves that offer a more transdisciplinary emphasis, Lee interrogates how power circulates and is deployed in archival contexts in order to build critical understandings of how deeply archives influence and shape the production of knowledges and human subjectivities.

1 – Producing the Archival Body: An Interview with Jamie A. Lee, PhD by Kristen Whitson :  [Association of Canadian Archivists, 10 March 2021]

2 – Interview: Producing the Archival Body with Jamie A. Lee by Lucy Brownson : [Off the Record e-magainze of the ARA Section for New Professionals, Archives & Records Association of UK & Ireland, 18 June 2021]

3 – Situating Archivists in Archival Work: Jamie A. Lee Talks Producing the Archival Body by Jessica Guijarro :  [Outlook Magazine of the Society of American Archivists, September/October 2021]

Lee, Jamie A.
“Archives as Spaces of Radical Hospitality,” Australian Feminist Studies Journal, 2021.

Lee, Jamie A.
“Archives,” Routledge History of American Sexuality, edited by Kevin P. Murphy, Jason Ruíz, and David Serlin, (New York, NY: Routledge), 2020.

Lee, Jamie A.
“in critical condition: (Un)Becoming Bodies in Archival Acts of Truth-Telling,” Archivaria 88, Fall 2019.


Lee, Jamie A. and Marika Cifor, “Editor’s Introduction,” Co-editors, Special Issue on “Evidences, Implications, and Critical Interrogations of Neoliberalism in Information Studies.” Journal of Critical Library and Information Studies, 2019. []


Bentley, Elizabeth and Jamie A. Lee, “Performing the Archival Body: Inciting Queered Feminist (Dis)locational Rhetorics through Place-Based Pedagogies,” Peitho: Journal of the Coalition of Feminist Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition, vol. 21, no. 1, Fall/Winter 2018. []


Lee, Jamie A., “A Queer/ed Archival Methodology: Archival Bodies as Nomadic Subjects,” Journal of Critical Library and Information Studies, Special Issue on Critical Archival Studies edited by Michelle Caswell, Ricardo L. Punzalan, and T-Kay Sangwand, vol. 1, no. 2, 2017: 1-27. []


Cifor, Marika and Jamie A. Lee, “Towards an Archival Critique: Opening Possibilities for Addressing Neoliberalism in the Archival Field,” Journal of Critical Library and Information Studies, vol. 1, no. 1, 2017: 1-22. []


Lee, Jamie A., “Mediated Storytelling Practices and Production: Bodies of Affective Evidences and Archives,” Media, Communications, and Cultural Studies (MeCCS) Journal, vol. 9, no. 6, 2016: 74-87. []


Lee, Jamie A., “Be/Longing in the Archival Body: Eros and the ‘Endearing’ Value of Material Lives,” Archival Science Journal, Special Issue on Affect & the Archives edited by Anne Gilliland and Marika Cifor, vol. 16, no. 1, 2016: 33-51. []


Lee, Jamie A., “Moving Images & Queer Affectivities: The Multiple Subjectivities of Madame Behave,” Locating Queerness in the Media: A New Look, edited by Theresa Carilli and Jane Campbell. Lexington Books: Media, Culture, and the Arts series, 2017: 147-160. []


Lee, Jamie A., “Beyond Pillars of Evidence: Exploring the Shaky Ground of Queer/ed Archives and Their Methodologies,” Research in the Archival Multiverse, edited by Anne Gilliland, Andrew Lau, and Sue McKemmish. (Social Informatics Monograph Series). (Melbourne, Australia: Monash University Press) 2016: 324-351. {]

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The Archival Technologies Lab based in the Graduate School of Library and Information Studies at Queens College, City University of New York, welcomes Dr. Jamie A. Lee as part of their New Work Speaker Series. Lee will read from their forthcoming monograph, Producing the Archival Body.


Thursday, November 19, 2020

4:00 PM EST, via ZOOM

Register here:


For more detailed information, visit their site:

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“Storytelling Methods In / For the Archival Body”

Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling
Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec

7 October 2020
9 – 11 am (MST)

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Multimodal Productions


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Research Briefs


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If you have questions, please email Jamie A. Lee, PhD at jalee2 (AT)