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.