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Unqueering Heritage?: The Ambivalence of LGBTQ* Visibility in Audiovisual Archives
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Film and Literature.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0068-8063
2017 (English)In: Queer Screens Conference 2017: 2nd and 3rd SEPTEMBER 2017, The Institute of the Humanities and The Gendered Subjects Research Group at Northumbria University, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK, 2017, 27-27 p.Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The archive is inextricably linked to the construction of cultural memory and heritage, highlighting some stories, while marginalizing others. For audiovisual archives the situation is urgent: film gauge and video tapes are decaying and in need of immediate restoration. Digitisation, while increasingly being used to preserve the film footage, also offers the possibility of widely disseminating and circulating films, for instance via online exhibition. Yet, what happens if personal memories enter the (heteronormative) public sphere? What are the repercussions of digital archives on the visibility of LGBTQ* lives? How does digitisation impact on the notion of the LGBTQ* grassroot archive as a safe space? This paper sets out to discuss the ambivalences of queer visibility in relation to archival practice and access politics. How can the power structures at work within the representation of LGBTQ* audiovisual heritage be addressed? Merging conceptualisations of the archive as an instrument of power (Foucault, Derrida) and a site of both materiality (Steadman) and affect (Cvetkovich), I will examine queer archival practice (Halberstam, Muñoz, Danbolt, Stone/Cantrell) in national film archives as well as 'minor' archives, such as the Lesbian Home Movie Project (Maine) or the feminist video archive bildwechsel (Hamburg). I argue that access alone does not prevent LGBTQ* histories from being “unqueered” within heteronormative frameworks and narratives. Therefore it is not enough to merely preserve, restore and digitize archival film footage, but  archivists need to (re-)contextualise its queer potential. Metadata, editorial contributions and oral history interviews can provide additional information for contemporary and future audiences, reframing the archival footage as part of LGBTQ* cultural memory. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017. 27-27 p.
Keyword [en]
amateur filmmaking, home movies, LGBTQ-filmmaking, queer film, archives, memory
National Category
Studies on Film
Research subject
Humanities, Film Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-67738OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-67738DiVA: diva2:1138341
Conference
Queer Screens Conference 2017, 2nd and 3rd SEPTEMBER 2017 : The Institute of the Humanities and The Gendered Subjects Research Group at Northumbria University, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK
Projects
The Cultural Memory of Moving Images (VR)
Funder
Swedish Research Council
Available from: 2017-09-05 Created: 2017-09-05 Last updated: 2017-09-18Bibliographically approved

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