LGBTQ+ Archives, Libraries, Museums and Special Collection 2016 Conference

WITHOUT BORDERS…(22-24th June 2016)
Archives, Libraries, Museums and Special Collections (ALMS) 2016, an International LGBTQ+ Conference hosted by the Queer London Research Forum at the University of Westminster, the City of London through the London Metropolitan Archives and the Bishopsgate Institute.

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ALMS is an international conference focussed on the work by public, private, academic, and grassroots organisations which are collecting, capture and preserving archives of LGBTQ+ experiences, to ensure our histories continue to be documented and shared. The conference began in Minnesota in 2006 when the Tretter Collection and Quatrefoil Library co-hosted the first LGBT ALMS Conference. The last conference took place in Amsterdam in 2012 and saw archivists, activists, librarians, museums professionals and academics from around the world coming together to share success stories and discuss challenges involved in recording LGBTQ+ lives.

To reflect our emerging global community, the 2016 conference is titled ‘Without Borders’. Our aim is to generate a dialogue within the co-dependent fields of LGBTQ+ historical research and collecting, and share experiences, ideas and best practice through a programme of presentations and short talks that explore margins, borders, barriers and intersections, past and present.  Themes covered will include:

  • Barriers –in accessing LGBTQ+ content within existing collections, and in collecting material from LGBTQ+ communities
  • Intersections – collecting, cataloguing or researching subjects which share multiple / contrasting identities
  • Margins – researching elusive or liminal subjects; learning, research or projects taking place outside formal institutions
  • Connections – uniting individuals or communities across boundaries through heritage or research
  • Border police – navigating the formal standards of the heritage sector, including official terms and language or constructions of identity

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For further details see: http://lgbtqalms.co.uk/

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