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date: 24 April 2024

Queer/ing Archiveslocked

Queer/ing Archiveslocked

  • Morgan DiCesareMorgan DiCesareUniversity of Iowa
  •  and Charles E. Morris IIICharles E. Morris IIISyracuse University


Communication scholars have taken up queer archives and their artifacts, often in a Western context, in relation to a range of presumptions that had previously structured (straight) archival engagement. Queer archives and memories have been buried and erased by homophobic histories. Nonetheless, revisitations of these histories seek to differentially unearth queer materials, challenge the terms of erasure, and revise modern conceptions of sexuality that tie it to identity, community, organization, and activism. Queer scholars and activists have rewritten archival standards that had previously functioned to exclude queer life, and they have challenged the terms of “queer” in relation to both past and present. Queer/ing archives thus addresses practices, places, objects, theories, people, and methods that have been articulated to queer pasts in the interest of its influences on queer presents and futures.


  • Gender (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Studies)

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