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Andrés Brink Pinto

Andrés Brink Pinto

Researcher

Andrés Brink Pinto

En etik för arkivet?

Author

  • Andrés Brink Pinto

Summary, in English

In comparison to disciplines within the humanities and social sciences working directly with living humans, as well as in comparison to oral history, historians primarily working with archival sources lack a living discussion on ethics in connection with our methods. At the same time, archival sources that contain sensitive personal information are central in many fields – such as queer history – and the Swedish Ethical Review Authority has recently started to examine academic compliance with the Law on Ethical Review.

In relation to this and the need to find an ethical approach to my own sources, this essay is an attempt to stimulate a discussion on how historians can work with sensitive archival sources in an ethical manner. I do so by deliberating on three ethical positions – process ethics, ethics of care and duty-based ethics – and an attempt to reason regarding their respective consequences and benefits in terms of working with archival sources. The essay ends with an argument in favour of duty-based ethics and critique as a way to construct ourselves as ethical subjects in relation to our duty as historians.

Department/s

  • History
  • Department of Gender Studies

Publishing year

2022-05-30

Language

Swedish

Pages

93-108

Publication/Series

Scandia

Volume

88

Issue

1

Document type

Journal article (comment)

Publisher

Stiftelsen Scandia

Topic

  • History

Keywords

  • Arkiv
  • Processetik
  • Omsorgsetik
  • Dygdetik

Status

Published

Project

  • Panopticon in the urinal - The sexual geography of Stockholm 1944-1968

ISBN/ISSN/Other

  • ISSN: 0036-5483