Day one of the conference was a huge success. Thank you to Bishopsgate Institute for welcoming us all so warmly.
Here is a full programme for tomorrow at the University of Westminster, including room and building details. You can download a PDF of the programme here.
The event begins at the 12 Little Titchfield building. Click here for a map.
Digital Opportunities and Online Barriers: YouTube and IN THE LIFE
“In late 2015, UCLA Film & Television Archive launched its first major digital access initiative: placing all episodes of the LGBT news and public affairs television series IN THE LIFE online as part of the Outfest UCLA Legacy Project. This ALMS presentation will explore the complexities and challenges of inventorying, digitizing and cataloguing this extensive, historic LGBT collection with the ultimate intent of creating a robust research and access environment on the web. Issues to be discussed include ongoing access challenges presented by intellectual property and copyright. While the IN THE LIFE collection was donated with copyright to UCLA, the episodes themselves contain extensive third-party material that had originally been licensed for limited broadcast use. This paper will also address the legal complexities surrounding copyright as it relates to restrictions placed on the Archive’s digital platform of choice for this project — YouTube.”
Todd Wiener is the Motion Picture Archivist for UCLA Film & Television Archive, with over 16 years of service. He serves as the Archive’s liaison with major donors and preservation partners including Outfest, Sundance Institute, Directors Guild of America and The Film Foundation. In addition, Wiener oversees 600 print loans annually to festivals and museums worldwide, including the London Film Festival, Museum of Modern Art in New York and many others. He serves as an Advisory Board Member for the Outfest UCLA Legacy Project, Film Noir Foundation and the San Francisco Silent Film Festival.
UCLA Film & Television Archive
UCLA Film & Television Archive is renowned for its pioneering efforts to rescue, preserve and showcase moving image media, and is dedicated to ensuring our collective visual memory is explored for generations to come. A unique resource for media study, the Archive is one of the largest repositories of moving image materials in the world—more than 400,000 holdings. In 2005, the Archive collaborated with Outfest to create the Outfest UCLA Legacy Project. At over 36,000 holdings, it is one of the largest publicly accessible collections of LGBT moving images in the world.
Todd will be speaking on day 2 of the conference
Archival Dirt: The Politics of Pleasure in Black Queer Archives
“Pleasure only starts once the worm has got into the fruit” – Georges Bataille
The main objective of this presentation is to acknowledge the politics of pleasure within Black queer archives and archival activism.
rukus! Federation is known for its long-standing and successful programme of community-based work with Black Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans artists and cultural producers; locally, nationally and internationally. Our work has a reputation for being dynamic and participative, and includes one off events, screenings, workshops, debates and exhibitions. The rukus! Black LGBT Archive, launched in 2005, generates, collects, preserves and makes available to the public historical, cultural and artistic materials relating to our lived experience in contemporary Britain.
The history, experience and achievements of predominantly Black gender transgressors and individuals with non-normative sexualities do not appear in their rightful place in archival records of people’s lives.
The compound impact of racism, homophobia, transphobia and hetrosexism operates to exclude people altogether, or to deny an essential element of somebody’s identity. In the last few years a considerable amount of literature has been published on queering archives and archival activism.
My concern is that queer archives, including my own work, risk becoming locked into poor notions of identity politics and representation and inadvertently deny other ways in which community history and heritage can be discussed and more importantly felt.
This presentation is motivated by a desire to consider identity specific archives in more nuanced ways, using pleasure as a political tactic.
Ajamu is a London based fine art photographer and curator (www.rukus.org.uk) and one of the UK’s leading specialist Black LGBT histories. He has been involved with Queer, Trans, Intersex, People of Colour (QTIPOC) communities, and wider social justice activism, for over 20 years, working primarily in the UK, but connected and active nationally and internationally. In 2015, he completed his MA in Queer Studies at Birmingham School of Art.
Ajamu will be speaking on day 2 of the conference
Recreating Heritage to Enrich Histories: The AIDS History Digital Scrapbook Project
Medical heritage relating to recent history is vulnerable to destruction due to the undervaluation of its significance in medical settings, where resources are focused on contemporary health challenges rather than the preservation of the recent past. In the last five years, for example, a scrapbook of staff and patient images, ephemera, and personal memories documenting the activities in first AIDS ward in the Netherlands has been lost, presumed destroyed. Parry and Schalkwijk, with funding from the Amsterdam Center for Heritage and Identity, are recreating/reinventing this lost object, as an experiment in blending archival and artistic activities and digital tools to diversify the perspectives collected and exhibited in museums. The scrapbook incorporates personal photographs and ephemera, documents and photographs from the archives of Dutch hospitals with designated AIDS wards, radio and television broadcasts, and the reflections of people who worked there in the 1980s and 1990s, or who were treated there, as well as others who visited friends or family members. The project will also grow through the use of social media to solicit online submissions to the scrapbook.
In this presentation the presenters will demonstrate the Digital Scrapbook and discuss their experiences researching, collecting, and exhibiting AIDS Histories in the Netherlands.
The presenters are part of a wider Dutch effort to expand museum and archival collecting of LGBT history in general, and are developing various activities to expand the public history of AIDS as part of their international consortium on “Museums, Medicine & Society.” This presentation connects to the ALMS conference theme of Barriers, with the focus on the preservation of vulnerable objects and images, and Margins, as we will consider the lessons our project offers for exhibiting histories of marginalized groups whose archives and objects may not have been collected. Combining social and medical history, the project also addresses Connections, as we aim to broaden the scope of medical history and bring together patient and practitioner communities.
“Queering the Collections” initiative website: http://www.ihlia.nl/queering/
Manon and Hugo will be speaking on day 2 of the conference
Gendered Intelligence hacks into the Museum: a collaborative exploration of the material culture of gender diversity at the Science Museum, London
Working together to explore and critically review the Science Museum London’s gender-related medical collections a group of trans people from the Gendered Intelligence youth group in London co-curated a small display entitled What Makes Your Gender? which sought to demonstrate a shift from seeing gender only as a boy/ girl binary towards viewing gender as something much more dynamic. The speakers will reflect on the ways in which a new or alternative knowledge production comes about through such a collecting of objects as well as the curation and displaying of them. They will also consider how this particular approach or experience to producing such knowledge bears its own value and how power (and empowerment) within such knowledge production might shift and be shared (or even handed over!) through the encounter.
Kayte McSweeney is the Object Journeys Partnership Manager at the British Museum. This programme seeks to embed community-led exhibition development practice at the museum and explore new and meaningful ways to collaborate with the public. Previously Senior Audience Advocate at the Science Museum Kayte worked advocating for the diverse needs of audiences during the development of major exhibitions. However, in recent years her work has been focused on participatory and community collaborative practice. Publications include editing Museum Participation: New Directions for Audience Collaboration, Museums etc, 2016. Ever passionate about championing valuable audience experiences, Kayte is also Chair of the Visitor Studies Group.
Jay is co-founder of Gendered Intelligence.
Kayte and Jay will be speaking on day 2 of the conference
Loving Well: Understanding Homoromantic Relationships between Homosexual Men Married to Women and of Marriageable Age in Odisha, India
“For this paper, an ethnographic study was undertaken in order to explore the validity of the existing hypothesis that homosexuality is an upper-class elite phenomenon and is not found in the regular lives of people in small towns in a state like Odisha, or in any other state in India for that matter. But the prime objective of the study was to locate homo-romantic desires in the lives of homosexual males which have been overtly sexualised in the public discourse through different state apparatus like education, religious institutions, media, and law. The hyper sexualisation- limiting same-sex love only to sexual relationship is done by perpetuating the misconception that same-sex relationships are based only on short term sexual encounters and is devoid of love. I will also try to locate how homosexual males negotiate the space between such heteronormative social institutions and homoromantic desires in small towns of Odisha.”
I am a PhD student in Cultural Studies at IIT, Hyderabad. My work here focuses on representation of homosexuality in Indian films and literature.
The Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad (IITH) is a public university located in Medak district, Telangana,India. It is one of the eight new IITs established by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India. IIT Hyderabad offers Undergraduate B.Tech degrees in eight disciplines of Engineering, M.Tech degrees in eight disciplines of Engineering, postgraduate and Research degrees across all disciplines in Engineering, Sciences and Liberal Arts.
Jayaprakash will be speaking on day 2 of the conference
Rewind Fast Forward: Sandi Hughes’ History of the Liverpool Scene (1975 – 2005)
“REWIND FAST FORWARD is a unique archive of Liverpool’s music, club and fashion sub-cultures and the intersections with local LGBT and BAME history. It is being saved thanks to support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Film Hub North West Central and Liverpool Record Office.
Sandi Hughes, feminist film-maker, DJ and poet has hundreds of hours of film, thousands of photographs and other printed material that capture the marginalised and outrageous characters of Liverpool that she mixed with during the 70s, 80s and 90s. Sandi captured many community and political events concerned with gender, race and sexuality such as protests against Clause 28, AIDS activism and campaigning for an equal age of consent.
Friends including Holly Johnson, Frank Clarke, Margi Clarke, appear alongside many other less well-known characters from the buoyant Liverpool music, theatre, film and club scenes at a time of significant national political and social turmoil.”
Sandi Hughes has been documenting her life in for more than 40 years. As a filmmaker, she has captured and recorded her stories as an evolution of her needs and expressions, including artists and activists at the forefront of Liverpool’s LGBT, BAME and feminist cultural and political moments in the equality movement on Merseyside.
Tim Brunsden is a community filmmaker who enjoys making films that focus on outsider culture. He is a Co-Director with Artist Collective Re-Dock, an Associate Artist with post queer performance and events collective Duckie and is responsible for creating the digital output for Liverpool’s Homotopia Festival.
Led by artists and filmmakers, Sam Meech, Hwa Young Jung, Tim Brunsden & Neil Winterburn, Re-Dock are a community interest company established in 2008 to develop and deliver high quality creative projects throughout the North West of England and beyond.
- a collective of artists working with people and technology
- a laboratory for developing strong, playful, interdisciplinary projects
- a supportive network of peers and collaborators
- a repository for knowledge-sharing and research
- a space for unpicking and working through creative practice
Sandi and Tim will be speaking on day 2 of the conference
Other Stories at the Leeds University Art Collection
“In 2011 I was asked by the University of Leeds Art Collection to (re)view their collection from an LGBT viewpoint. Unlike many other minority groups the LGBT community produces a paucity of unique material culture. There are few ‘gay objects’. In light of this, the role of the oral history archive becomes pressing.
Using the Brighton Ourstory oral history archive as a starting point, new objects were created which mediated between the personal narratives in the archive and the Leeds art collection.
The oral history archive– whilst certainly not unedited or unselected – provides us with a more rounded, representative portrayal of lives and loves than we can often find through objects alone. By using these contradictory histories, and utilising them to reinterpret the pictures from the collection, I aimed to reposition the University’s artworks away from curatorial conventions and certainties and instead within the worlds of emotion, subjectivity and identity.”
Matt Smith is an artist and curator. In 2015/16 he was Artist in Residence at the V&A. Solo exhibitions include Queering the Museum at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery (2010-11) and Other Stories at the University of Leeds (2012). From 2010 until 2015 he co-directed Unravelled Arts.
He holds an AHRC-funded, practice-based PhD in Queer Craft at the University of Brighton where he lectures and is an Honorary Visiting Fellow at the University of Leicester’s Department of Museum Studies.
He talks regularly about his practice (Tate Modern, 2012, Valand Academy Gothenberg, 2012, KHIB Bergen, 2012, Konstfack Stockhom, 2015).
Matt will be speaking on day 2 of the conference
Refugee Voices, Refugee Narratives: Civic Engagement, LGBTQ+ Communities and the UEL Archives
“The aim of this paper will therefore be to reflect on a civic engagement project undertaken on behalf of the Refugee Council Archive at UEL to collect oral histories from refugees, and to investigate the ethical considerations that we had to consider when looking to collect these oral histories and to make them accessible via the Living Refugee Archive website. How can we preserve the voices of LGBTQ+ refugees, asylum seekers and migrants within the Archive and what are the potential barriers and intersections?
This paper will also consider the interaction between oral histories and the more traditional materials located with our Refugee Archive collections, focusing especially on how oral histories can contribute to documenting, preserving and making accessible the genuine voices and testimonies of refugees. It will also reflect upon how we might be able to engage further with LGBTQ+ groups and the opportunities for partnerships whilst also considering how the Archive might approach the preservation and accessibility of such materials?”
Paul V. Dudman
Paul Dudman is the Archivist based at the University of East London. Paul has been responsible for the Refugee Council Archive at UEL since 2002 and has over a decade’s experience working within higher education archives. Paul has been involved with the Campaign for Voluntary Sector Archives and has just completed a collaborative civic engagement project with academic colleagues at UEL. Paul has also received seed funding from the IASFM (International Association for the Study of Forced Migration) to help establish an IASFM working group on refugee archives.
UEL Library and Learning Service
The UEL Library and Learning Service currently holds important archival collections, in both digital and physical formats, in relation to the academic disciplines associated with theatre studies; refugee and forced migration studies; and sports science. The University of East London will seek to enhance the quality of its Archives and special collections through the selective acquisition of new archival collections and materials that reflect the learning, teaching, research and civic engagement needs of the institution and its wider community. As part of this remit, we aim to aim to complement the existing UEL Archive collection strengths, namely: theatre studies; sports science and Olympic studies; plus International Development incorporating Refugee and Forced Migration Studies. It is within the later field of Refugee Studies that this civic engagement project will be focused upon.
Living Refugee Archive – www.livingrefugeearchive.org
IASFM Working Group – http://iasfm.org/adfm/
Twitter – https://twitter.com/refugee_archive
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/RefugeeCouncilArchive
Paul will be speaking on day 2 of the conference
What was life like for gay women living in California in the 1940s, ’50s, and ’60s?
“Film trailer for feature length documentary entitled HOMOFILES. This documents premieres interviews with pre- Stonewall (pre 1975) gay United States lesbians responding to questions about the importance of bar community in their lives. The text the documentary is based on is Marie Cartier’s book, Baby, You Are My Religion: Women, Gay Bars and Theology before Stonewall, which asserted that the gay bars for homosexuals pre-Stonewall served as an alternate church space. It includes a brief interview with Dr. Cartier as well as documenting primary interviews through the 1940s through the 60s.”
Marie Cartier is a scholar, visual /performance artist, queer activist, poet and theologian who has been active in many movements for social change. She teaches at UC Irvine in Film and Media Studies, and California State University Northridge in Gender and Women’s Studies and Queer Studies. Her Ph.D. is in Religion from Claremont Graduate University (2010), with a major in Women Studies in Religion, and an emphasis in theology, ethics and culture.
Her book, Baby You Are My Religion: Women, Gay Bars and Theology before Stonewall was published by Routledge, 2013. She has three Masters of Fine Arts Degrees, in Film, Theater, and Art. She is co-chair of the Lesbian Feminist Studies in Religion session for the national American Academy of Religion and for the AAR/West she is co-chair of the Queer Studies in Religion session and founded the Queer Caucus.
Pinkie Malibu Productions is an independent film company run by Kimberly Esslinger and Marie Cartier, California, USA
Marie will be presenting on day 2 of the conference