The 2022-23 Society of Fellows programming from the Global Arts and Humanities Discovery Theme brings together scholars, artists, activists and archivists to explore the concept of the “archive” as a mode of inquiry, invention and knowledge production. Troubling static notions of context and singular histories, the year’s workshops provide an opportunity to explore established canons and conventions that sustain certain ways of knowing and remembering and the incompleteness of the historical record thereby engaging the power of archival practices as mechanisms of social justice.
As we witness efforts to police the open expression of LGBTQ identities, archives become a matter of survival. They not only preserve a record of a diverse cultural life at risk of erasure but also provide documentation of violence and oppression. This workshop imagines strategies for building and operationalizing archives of the present for a queer future.
Workshop leader: Alexander Sasha Kondakov (Assistant Professor of Sociology, University College Dublin, Ireland)
Moderator: Philip Gleissner (Assistant Professor of Slavic and Eastern European Languages and Literature)