Just For The

Queer archives

While Just for the Record questions and occupies digital collaborative knowledge platforms, it is easy to forget that online initiatives depend on the existing structures of archives, both grassroots and institutionalised. An organisation that has been an invaluable companion for our events is RoSa, a knowledge center for gender and feminism based in Brussels. It is in collaboration with them that we would like to invite you to a day of reflections and discussions on the possibilities and challenges of queer and feminist archives.

As RoSa is facing an imminent double relocation — physical and digital —, the diverse problematics surrounding the development and the maintenance of a (queer/feminist) library and archive are being exacerbated. Concerns range from the categories used by search engines and online catalogues, to very practical ones like the need to carefully balance the weight of books for the floors not to collapse.

Just as it happens on Wikipedia, the techniques and methods of archiving risk reflecting existing biases if we don't actively question them. How do we keep traces of the voices that are so often silenced because they don't fit within existing frameworks? How do we create new modes of recording those stories and rethink the traditional library/archive to accommodate those atypical documents?

Along with presentations on the work that lies behind the RoSa library and archives, we have invited three guest speakers to broaden the topic of queer archives.

Program :
10:30 – arrival
10:45 – practical info
10:50 – JFTR: presentation
11:20 – RoSa Doc: introduction of RoSa’s projects, its library, its archives and its knowledge center, and upcoming changes.
11:30 – Maarten Dieltiens: guided tour of the library and selection of archival pieces
12:15 – Questions / time to look at archival pieces
12:30 – Lunch + round of presentation/names
13:30 – Els Flour and Bart De Nil: “What is this/a collection, on preserving sources and unlocking oral sources, and on feminist oral history”
14:15 – Questions
14:30 – Marion Wasserbauer: presentation "Queer Lives and Queer Archives: Listening to music in LGBTQ lives"
15:15 – Open discussion around practices of archives: from personal archives to collective and the institutional
16:00 – Round off, what to take home/into the future.
16:15 – End