Last week I was lucky enough to attend a couple of sessions of the Archives Matter Conference organised by the Centre for Feminist Research at Goldsmiths. I’m posting my very brief notes here for now, and when the audio of the presentations becomes available I’ll link it in.
White innocence and the Dutch academy
Anthropologist Gloria Wekker delivered the keynote on ‘white innocence’ with specific reference to the Dutch academy, but with lessons for anyone involved in creating or sharing historical narratives. I’ve collected some of the livetweets in a Storify below.
Roots & routes: Tracing the tread of Black British feminist genealogies
Nydia Swaby (SOAS) spoke on diasporic women’s activism, drawing on sources including the newsletter of the Organisation of Women of Asian & African Descent (OWAAD) and the Oral Histories of the Black Women’s Movement project.
Here’s a great video of Swaby speaking about black women’s political organising at the Black Cultural Archives:
Freelance archivist, community worker and artist Ego Ahaiwe Sowinkski spoke about the precarity of Black feminist spaces, memorials, and archives with reference to the Lambeth Women’s Project and the Remembering Olive Collective, as well as the current situation facing the Feminist Library.
Although she could not attend in person, visual sociologist Dominque Z. Barron’s exploration of Black British women’s free spaces in London was shared by Ego: ‘By any space necessary’.
Foster ended with a quote from artist and archivist Rita Keegan: “If you don’t document yourself, no one else is going to do so. A photocopied sheet is better than nothing.”