Queer Archives: Call for Papers


As 2009 marks the 14th anniversary of both the decriminalization of homosexuality in Canada and the Stonewall Inn Riots in New York City, the editorial board of Archivaria is planning to include a special section devoted to queer archives in Archivaria 68 (Fall 2009). Marcel Barriault and Rebecka Sheffield will serve as Guest Editors.

Contributions, in either English or French, should address issues related to sexual diversity (gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, transsexual, intersexed, two-spirited and questioning identities). Papers are solicited on, but not limited to, the following topics:

-Exploration of the history/development of gay & lesbian archives
-Analysis of archival practice and its affects on queer collections
-Examination of a particular queer collection
-Investigation of access and privacy issues related to queer archives
-Response to collecting records that reflect trans history and community development
-Examination of the ways archival descriptive standards reveal and conceal sexual diversity

Papers are not limited to a specific time or place and may include collections held in archives outside of Canada or produced outside of Canada. Expressions of interest consisting of an abstract of the proposed article (300-500 words) must be received by the co-editors by October 31, 2008. Final submissions should follow the “Advice to Authors of Submissions to Archivaria”.

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