(Image: Jonathan Moorhouse)
Time: 11.10.2023 (a pre-conference dinner will be arranged 10.10.2023)
Venue: The Finnish Literature Society SKS, Hallituskatu 1, Helsinki
Nordic Network for Queer History Archives and Activities (Nnaqh) invites archivists, museum workers, queer and history scholars, activists and other people interested in queer history to a seminar on queer archives/ queering archives and on creating trust in collecting practices. How do we address the biases and silences of archival practices and how do we enable trust and safety in archives from a queer perspective? And how well does the queer archival collections reflect the diversity of queer voices and history of the Nordic and Baltic countries? How can we decolonize archival practices?
The seminar in Helsinki is arranged by the Nordic network for queer history archives and activities and its local partner, Friends of Queer History, in cooperation with the Finnish Literature Society SKS and The Finnish Labour Archive. The seminar will be streamed and the premises are accessible.
The seminar is free of charge, but the pre-conference dinner (10.10) as well as the lunch (11.10) is at one’s own expense. The pre-conference dinner will be arranged in an accessible and not too expensive restaurant with vegan meal options. The prize of the dinner varies between 25-35 euros and the lunch between 12-15 euros.
Registration to the seminar
Registration has closed. Streaming link: https://www.youtube.com/live/LlFQ3UAadx0?si=GhdRoIh538A4HXtz
Accessibility at seminar
The accessible entrance to the SKS main building is around the corner from the main entrance, at Mariankatu. Press the button saying “Neuvonta” or call the number +358-(0)40 534 8933, and you will get assistance. You can access the conference hall with an elevator (the door is heavy, if needed call for assistance +358-(0)40 534 8933). There is an accessible toilet at the bottom floor that can be reached with the elevator. NB! We have found out at last minute that the venue’s induction loop is not working. If you need it, please contact email@example.com as soon as possible, and we will find a solution. Assisting dogs are welcome.
The language of the conference is English. If you have any questions about the accessibility of the program or the seminar venue please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will inform you about the accessibility of the guided tours and the restaurant later.
Info in Finnish: https://www.finlit.fi/fi/yhteystiedot/esteettomyys#.ZFi4Pc5ByUl
About Nordic network for queer history archives and activities (NnAQH)
The network is a project by QRAB – Queerrörelsens Arkiv och Bibliotek (Sweden), Friends of Queer History (Finland) and The Norwegian Queer Archive Skeivt Arkiv (Norway). The aim of this project is to create a network of queer history archives and activities in the Nordic and Baltic countries and to promote the sharing of experience and knowledge and to explore opportunities for partnership, infrastructure solutions, and financial conditions.
Updates to the conference program can be found here:
More info on speakers and last minute changes also on the FB-page:
17.30-19.00 Queer guided tours: Amos Andersons Hem & Taidekoti Kirpilä / Kirpilä Art Collection
19.00-21.00 Network dinner together with people that have already arrived
(on your own expense, location is sent to those who have signed up)
Wednesday 11.10.2023: Trusting queer archives
Location: The Finnish Literature Society, SKS, Hallituskatu 1, Helsinki
Streaming link: https://www.youtube.com/live/LlFQ3UAadx0?si=GhdRoIh538A4HXtz
9.00-9.15 Katri Kivilaakso (the Finnish Literature Society, SKS), Rita Paqvalén (Friends of Queer History) & Pia Laskar (QRAB): Welcome & opening of the seminar
9.15-9.20 Mandi Markkanen (producer, Friends of Queer History): Safer Space Guidelines
9.20-9.40 Pia Laskar: Why the need for Nordic network for queer history archives and activities?
9.40-10.00 Coffee/tea & mingle
Part I: Queering the Finnish archival institutions
10.00-10.20 Tuula Juvonen (Friends of Queer History): A brief history of queering archives in Finland
10.20-10.30 Iris Olavinen (The Finnish Labour Archive): LGBTQ collections in The Finnish Labour Archives
10.30-10.40 Katri Kivilaakso (SKS): Insights on Archiving and Queer Archival Collections of the Finnish Literature Society
10.40-10.50 Susanne Österlund-Pötzsch (SLS): Documenting minorities in the minority at the Archives of The Society of Swedish Literature in Finland
10.50-11.30 Panel discussion with the speakers and audience led by Runar Jordåen
11.30-11.50 Emil Santtu Uuttu: Dramaturgical work with archival fragments, historiography and researcher interviews in the play Ihana tytär Erika – Huomioita nimestä (Engl. The Lovely Daughter Erika – Notes on a name)
11.50-13.00 Lunch (on your own expense)
Part II: Decolonizing queer archival practices
13.00-13.40 Wisam Elfadl & Ulrika Flink: On collecting Afro-Nordic queer history
13.40-14.00 Norena Shopland: From prohibition to promotion
14.00-14.30 Discussion with the speakers and audience led by Rita Paqvalén
Part III: Queering archives in the Baltics
15.00-15.20 Augustas Čičelis & Viktorija Kolbešnikova: išgirsti: Lithuanian Queer Archive
15.20-15.40 Taavi Koppel: Archiving Estonian Queer History
15.40-16.10 Discussion with the speakers and audience led by Tuula Juvonen
16.10-16.30 End discussion led by Pia Laskar