Elspeth Brown

The School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering (SICE) Information & Library Science Colloquium Series

 

 

Speaker: Elspeth Brown, University of Toronto

Where: Luddy Hall, Rm 0117

When: Friday, March 29, 1:00 pm

Topic: “Archival Activism and the LGBTQ Community Archive”

 

 

Abstract: How “outside the mainstream” are 1970s community-based lesbian and gay archives? This presentation explores the intersectional tensions inherent in the notion of an LGBTQ community archive that was founded during the heyday of gay liberation. This talk describes the work of two public humanities, archival activist interventions into the mostly white, cisgendered lesbian and gay community archive: the LGBTQ Oral History Digital Collaboratory, a five-year digital history and oral history public, digital humanities collaboration that brings together four archives in the US and Canada, and the Family Camera Network, a three-year oral history and family photography project, for which the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives is a major partner.

 

Bio: Elspeth H. Brown is Associate Professor of History at the University of Toronto, where she

directs the LGBTQ Oral History Digital Collaboratory, a five-year digital history and oral history public, digital humanities collaboration. She is also co-investigator for the Family Camera Network, where her research focuses on queer and trans family photography, archives and oral history. She is the author of Work! A Queer History of Modeling (Duke University Press, 2019) and the award-winning The Corporate Eye: Photography and the Rationalization of American Commercial Culture, 1884-1929 (Johns Hopkins 2005), as well as co-editor of Feeling Photography (Duke University Press, 2014, with Thy Phu), among other publications. She is an active volunteer and Vice President of the Board, Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives, the world’s largest LGBTQ2+ community archive.