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
Border-crossing: Big organisations and small, and how they can work together
“For 37 years now, the Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives (ALGA) has been engaged in collecting, preserving and celebrating Australia’s very queer history. It is a self-funded, volunteer-run, community-based organisation. I would like to draw upon ALGA’s experience of working with other kinds of organisations – in particular large, funded institutions. The relationship with such institutions has presented many challenges. Challenges from which we have learned a great deal. In particular, I would like to focus on one of our more successful collaborations – the ‘Digital Dilemmas’ project, in which academics from Monash University have been working with us to explore the relationship between new and emerging digital technologies and small community-based organisations such as ALGA. By recognising and meeting each other’s needs we have generated answers to long-standing questions regarding the possibility of an online catalogue and online exhibitions – and insights into how such organisations can work fruitfully together.”
Graham Willett is a historian who has been researching and writing on Australian lesbian and gay (and more recently, queer) history since 1979. He is the author of Living Out Loud, a history of gay and lesbian activism in Australia, and many other articles. He is currently researching the international impact of the Wolfenden Report, and (with colleagues) an LGBTI history of the Australian Defence Force since 1945. He is President of the Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, having been involved since 1994.
Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives
Since 1978, the Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives has been engaged in collecting, preserving and celebrating Australia’s very queer history. It is a self-funded, volunteer-run, community-based organisation. It aims to collect, preserve and celebrate lives and experiences of Australian lesbians and gay men, and those Australians who identify with the ever-increasing range of sexualities and gender and sex identities that have emerged since the establishment of the Archives in 1978, including trans, bisexual, intersex and queer people, sistergirls and brotherboys.
Graham will be speaking on day 3 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
The Rainbow Library at Umeå Public Library and Swedish Library Association – Network for LGBTQ Issues at Libraries
“Umeå Public Library started The Rainbow Library in 2012 as a mean in our ambition to include LGBTQ people and fight discrimination and homo- and transphobia.
Highlighting the queer broadens the perspective and therefore provides a higher quality of our library. The Rainbow Library is a concept that includes a web page, a Facebook page, program activities and The Rainbow Bookshelf. We also started the national network for LGBTQ issues in Swedish Library Association in 2012.”
Christer Edeholt (Librarian at Umeå Public Library)
Initiator of The Rainbow Library, The Rainbow Bookshelf and the network for LGBTQ issues in Swedish Library Association in Sweden.
Umeå Public Library is Umeå City’s main library placed in the cultural centre – Väven. Umeå is one of Sweden’s fastest growing cities. The average age of the 116 900 people who live in Umeå is 38. The city offers world-class art, drama, films, industries, music and research. Umeå was European Capital of Culture 2014.
Christer will be speaking on day 3 of the conference
From lesbian activism to archive and memory activism: reflections on a generation gap
“As the lesbian – feminist community in Israel grew and became an organized community in the late 80’s and early 90’s (of the last century) questions of keeping our history and memory activism were not on the agenda. We were involved at what we had perceived as the most daring activism available. Combining the struggle for lesbian rights with the struggle against the occupation of Palestinian lands by Israel became the core activism of many lesbian feminists at that time. We were busy organizing and demanding the attention of the public to the cause of liberation. Now, almost 30 years later, we are creating a feminist research center out of the boxes of material of that period. How do we make sense of this shift? What is our duty as keepers of the history to the continuous struggles of communities under oppression?”
Hannah Safran, a lesbian, peace and feminist activist. Turned to research after years of working at the Haifa Feminist Center – Isha L’Isha. Her research work on the Jewish suffrage movement in 1920 and the feminist movement in Israel in the 70’s was published in 2006. She is involved in research and teaching Gender and Women’s studies. Active in the anti-occupation movement, she has been demonstrating every Friday as part of Women in Black since 1988 and was founding member of the Women’s coalition for peace. Her article, with co-authors, on lesbian activism since the 80’s in Israel was published recently.
Haifa Feminist Institute
The Haifa Feminist Institute (HFI) is part of Isha L’Isha the Haifa Feminist Center. It is based on a growing network of local feminist scholars and activists from diverse ethnic, national, class and sexual backgrounds who work in various fields, inside and at the margins of academic institutions. We are Palestinians and Jewish citizens of Israel, who are working together to collect/preserve and maintain our her-stories. Based on the archives of feminist and lesbian activities in the last 40 years, we are currently building a foundation for a feminist research institute that will encourage research about and with our communities.
Hannah will be speaking on day 3 of the conference
On Using and Being Used: The Masochist in the Library
“Relying on the perhaps unlikely alliance of Gilles Deleuze, Slavoj Žižek, Ron Day, and Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, I read the formulation of a library “user” as a masochistic discourse. Such a frame illustrates the possibility for agency in acts of subordination – in a desire to submit – while demonstrating the necessary interrelation between the masochist and the dominant. I consider how the user is used by the library, and how the constitution of subjects is integral to relations of power between the library and its users. By submitting to the rules and cruising the lines of shelves, and then exposing, defying, and mocking the laws of classification, perverse readings and pleasures become differently possible across disciplinary borders. Upon analysis of the power structures in the library, the masochist assumes a position of power within the erotics of the library.”
Melissa Adler, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor in the School of Information Science and Faculty Affiliate with Gender & Women’s Studies and the Committee on Social Theory at the University of Kentucky. Her book, The Perverse Library: Knowledge Organization and the History of Sexuality, will be published by Fordham University Press in Spring 2017. She is also creating a digital catalogue of the Library of Congress’s post-World War II Delta Collection, a restricted collection of “obscene” materials.
Melissa will be speaking on day 2 of the conference