Olin Moctezuma-Burns

Olin Moctezuma-Burns

  • Scholar
  • Mexico
  • 2020 PhD History & Philosophy of Science
  • Pembroke College

My research examines kitchen archives from the early modern period into the digital age in England and Mexico. Melding together past and present, I will bring together the perspectives and practices of families and collaborative authors, dealers, archivists, scholars, and members of the public to inquire into the impulse to create, preserve, and use repositories of informal, everyday knowledge and the losses and silences along the way.

My interests lie in critical archival studies, participatory action research methods, public engagement and community training, and in exploring digital tools for enabling access and co-construction of archival material.

I am currently PI of an Imagining Futures Phase 2 commissioned project that integrates archiving into the everyday life of residents from Sotuta, a Maya community in Yucatan, Mexico. Working together, we aim to create a transmedia archive that simultaneously buttresses of intangible forms of transmission. Moreover, through the process of self-archiving, we aim to foster a way of experiencing the present that brings out our historical agency and how our ties to the past can shape collective futures.

Previous Education

University College London Early Modern Studies 2019
Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico English Language and lit. 2017