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E-Ciencias de la Información

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PUENTES-CALA, Mauricio. Archival and history: A dialogue for the duty to remember and the right to know. E-Ciencias de la Información [online]. 2022, vol.12, n.1, pp.158-187. ISSN 1659-4142.

This work seeks to highlight the bilateral relationship and the interdisciplinary potential that exists between archival science and history. Two types of knowledge, whose link has been taken for granted, but which has seldom been analyzed in depth in order to fully dimension the interdefinitions and reciprocity between these fields of knowledge. Regularly, history and archival science have fallen into a meaningless feud over who is "auxiliary to" whom. A legacy of the old intellectual hierarchies of positivism that still does not seem to be out of date. It is argued that archival science is a central part of the historical institution, just as historical rationality is an inseparable component of the archival knowledge structure. In other words, the relationship between archiving and historical inquiry is dialectical and mutually complementary, without one the other is not possible.

Keywords : archive; heritage; interdisciplinarity; historiography.

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