23 March 2015 from 11:45 to 13:00

Doing Gender Lecture by Ann Cvetkovich

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The Lesbian Herstory Archives during the 2007 LGBT Pride March in New York(Wikimedia Commons - Istolethetv)

On 23 March, Ann Cvetkovich will provide a Doing Gender Lecture. She will focus on the recent proliferation of LGBTQ archives as a point of departure for a broader inquiry into the power of archives to transform public histories. 

Archiving: a means to freedom or a form of surveillance?

The push for LGBTQ state recognition, civil rights, and cultural visibility has been accompanied by a desire for the archive — a claim that the recording and preservation of LGBTQ history is an epistemic right. Yet new LGBTQ archival projects must also respond to historical and theoretical critiques, including decolonising ones, that represent archives as forms of epistemological domination and surveillance. 

This talk address these tensions through case histories of actual archives, as well as projects by artists whose creative and queer approaches to the archives are simultaneously critical and transformative.

Ann Cvetkovich

Ann Cvetkovich is Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Her work focuses on how affects, emotions and feelings have become tangible commodities in neoliberalism and late capitalism. She is the author of Mixed Feelings: Feminism, Mass Culture, and Victorian Sensationalism (Rutgers, 1992); An Archive of Feelings: Trauma, Sexuality, and Lesbian Public Cultures (Duke, 2003); and Depression: A Public Feeling (Duke, 2012). 

Her current writing projects focus on the current state of LGBTQ archives and the creative use of them by artists to create counterarchives and interventions in public history. In 2014-15, she will be a Fellow at Cornell University’s Society for the Humanities, where the annual theme is Sensation.

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23 March 2015 11:45
End date and time
23 March 2015 13:00
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