Histcon.se Time, Memory and Representation Tid, Minne, Representation

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Seminar: "Queering the Memory Institutions"

Published on 10 June, 2013

The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas, Tampere, 16-17 August 2013

Information from the organizers:

During the past ten to fifteen years museums and
archives have started to pay more attention to hidden
histories and marginalized groups. One of these hidden histories is the one of sexual and gender minorities. In this new approach focus has been put on power
relations, the silenced voices of the archives, and on
how certain norms and prejudices have governed
way collections of archives and museums have been
constructed and described. With the help of queer
theory, professionals of memory institutions have
begun to question heteronormative approaches to
history and arts. They have looked for new ways to order and present knowledge related to arts and cultural
and social history – ways that are more sensitive to the
diversity of human kind and to the constructiveness
of gender and sexuality, i.e. as constructed identities
linked to a certain time, culture and place.
In this seminar we will ask how memory institutions
in Finland, Sweden and the UK have taken on this
task and their best practices for doing so. Which are
the stories to be told, what does queering of memory
institutions mean, why should it be done, which are
the obstacles for including marginalized stories in the
national canon and how can they be overcome?

During the past ten to fifteen years museums and archives have started to pay more attention to hidden histories and marginalized groups. One of these hidden histories is the one of sexual and gender minorities. In this new approach focus has been put on power relations, the silenced voices of the archives, and on how certain norms and prejudices have governed way collections of archives and museums have been constructed and described.

With the help of queer theory, professionals of memory institutions have begun to question heteronormative approaches to history and arts. They have looked for new ways to order and present knowledge related to arts and cultural and social history – ways that are more sensitive to the diversity of human kind and to the constructiveness of gender and sexuality, i.e. as constructed identities linked to a certain time, culture and place.

In this seminar we will ask how memory institutions in Finland, Sweden and the UK have taken on this task and their best practices for doing so. Which are the stories to be told, what does queering of memory institutions mean, why should it be done, which are the obstacles for including marginalized stories in the national canon and how can they be overcome?

The seminar is free of charge.

Registration: Please register before 2.8. to the following address: seminaari@tyovaenmuseo.fi

Organized by The Finnish Labour Museum Werstas, Culture for All Services, British Council, Pirkanmaan Seta Tampere & University of Tampere

For full seminar program (.pdf) click here.


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