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Article on queer activist archives in LN

Lambda Nordica, the great Swedish LGBT-studies journal, has just released a good looking issue on “Queer Methodologies”. I have an article in the issue entitled “We’re Here! We’re Queer? Activist Archives and Archival Activism,” related to my ongoing PhD project. It was written quite long ago, following my paper presented at the Feminist Methodologies conference in Stockholm in February 2009. I guess I think slightly different about some things now, but hey, that’s the joy of publishing from projects-in-progress. My abstract goes like this:

In the summer of 2008, a demonstration against hate crimes was organized during the Queer Festival in Copenhagen. In the article We’re Here! We’re Queer? Activist Archives and Archival Activism this quite conventional demonstration functions as the starting point for a discussion of activist archives and the writing of queer activist history. Discussing the recent queer theoretical interest in archives and historiography, the author argues for the importance of rethinking the material, temporal, and conceptual understandings of the archive when working with activist history. The text presents some of the challenges facing scholars wanting to write about social activist projects, from problems of documenting ephemeral actions to the deliberate destruction of archival material in fear of state surveillance and control. Through an analysis of the chanting of “We’re Here! We’re Queer! We’re not Gonna Disappear!” in the Copenhagen demonstration, the author develops the concept of archival activism, describing how activist actions can function as living archives of previous actions. Emphasizing the importance of embodied knowledge and memory in activist history, the author shows how travels and circulations of theoretical concepts and activist repertoires are central to the development of present queer activism.

This is the table of contents of the issue:

Fanny Ambjörnsson, Pia Laskar, Patrik Steorn: “Introduction”

Irina Schmitt: “Do you have a boyfriend? Feeling queer in youth and education research”

Anu Koinvunen: “Yes we can? The promise of affect for queer scholarship”

Mark Graham: “Things in the Field. Ethnographic research into objects and sexuality”

Mathias Danbolt: “We’re Here! We’re Queer?– Activist Archives and Archival Activism”

Patrik Steorn: “Queer in the museum: Methodological reflections on doing queer in museum collections”

The cover of the issue is from the amazing performance artist Mary Coble‘s work Blood Script (2008).

Order an issue of Lambda Nordica here!