Living Archive Conversations: Third World, Indigenous and Anti-Colonial Queer, and Feminist Transnational Solidarities

Thursday, Nov 14, 2013 - Thursday, Nov 14, 2013 | 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

691 Barrows Hall

Living Archive Conversations:
Third World, Indigenous and Anti-Colonial Queer, and Feminist Transnational Solidarities

Thursday, November 14, 2013
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

691 Barrows Hall
Center for Race Gender Conference Room
UC Berkeley
The 1960s -1980s witnessed an explosion of transnational exchanges between women and queers from the global north and global south, conjuring up new and powerful imaginaries of social justice and forever altering the landscape of movements for sexual and gender justice. Radical and critical autonomous Indigenous feminist and queer of color, and of all colors, subjects and movements left various traces of their theories and practices in alternative journals, leaflets, posters, pictures, poetry, artwork, music, personal writings, and the like. Yet, many of these histories have been erased, distorted, co-opted or forgotten, and with serious implications for today. This radical set of thinking, practices and imaginaries has not been systematically engaged; instead this social and academic formation has been predominantly occluded from historiographies of feminism and Women’s and Gender Studies.
This conversation seeks to re-animate and re-theorize this archive of feminist and queer anti-colonial internationalisms, convening a living archive and oral history of intergenerational struggles for social transformation. Part of a larger collective project on intergenerational historical memory, this conversation will bring together radical feminist activists of the 1960s-1980s with a younger generation of activists, archivists and historians. At its heart, we will ask: What does it mean to “archive” this internationalist imaginary of justice and what are the stakes in doing so today? Importantly, attention will be paid to what the radical re-theorization of this history brings to bear upon our intimate lives contemporary justice movements.
Presenters:
Rabab Abdulhadi (San Francisco State University)
Anna M. Agathangelou (York University, Toronto)
Paola Bacchetta (University of California-Berkeley)
Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz (California State University East Bay)
Nina Serrano (KPFA)
Tamara Lea Spira (University of Oregon)
Co-sponsors include:
Center for Race Gender, Gender Women’s Studies, Center for the Study of Sexual Cultures, Asian American Studies, Chicano/Latino Studies, Native American Studies, Muslim Identities Cultures, UC Berkeley; Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas (AMED) Initiative, College of Ethnic Studies, Race and Resistance Studies Program, Stories of Palestinian Diasporas (AMED and Buena Vista Community Institute), San Francisco State University; Political Science School of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies, York University, Toronto; Freedom Archives, San Francisco, CA

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