Daniele Salerno has been awarded a 3-year Marie-Curie global fellowship to study the role of cultural memory in LGBT activism, with a project called MEMORIGHTS. He will be based in Utrecht as of 1 September 2019 and will work together with Prof Dr Ann Rigney’s ERC research group on the cultural memory of activism.
Since the Stonewall riots in New York (1969) and the marches organized to mark its anniversary, LGBT uses of cultural memory in activism for rights and civil resistance have spread globally through local adaptations. The project addresses three research questions: how do commemorations work as social settings for rights claims? What is the role of archives in activist struggles for rights? How do memorial spaces work as social settings for activism?
MEMORIGHTS focuses on two geo-political contexts: Latin America, with a focus on Argentina, and Europe, with case studies on The Netherlands and Italy. The project integrates different perspectives in memory studies by bridging perspectives from the Global North and the Global South. To this end, Daniele will spend 18 months at the Universidad de Buenos Aires (Professor Emilio Crenzel). MEMORIGHTS will also benefit from the collaboration of the International Institute of Social History (Amsterdam) and of activist organizations in Europe and Argentina.