In an era when the metaphor of the archive is invoked to cover almost any kind of memory, collection or accumulation, it is important to re-examine what is entailed—politically and methodologically—in the practice of feminist archival research. This question is central not only to the renewed interest many disciplines are showing in empirical research in archives but also given the current explosion of online social and cultural data which has fundamentally transformed what we understand an archive to be. Contributors in this collection are keen to mark out what may be novel and what is enduring in the ways in which feminist thought and feminist practice frame archives. Importantly, they engage with archives in their historical and political complexity rather than treating them as simple repositories of source material. In this respect, contributors are keenly interested in what it means to archive particular materials, and not simply in what those materials may hold for feminist researchers. The collection features established and emerging feminist scholars and brings together interventions from across such disciplines as history, literature, modernist studies, cinema studies and law.
This book was originally published as a special issue of the journal Australian Feminist Studies.
Table of Contents
Introduction - Archives and New Modes of Feminist Research Maryanne Dever
1. Stains and Remains: Liveliness, Materiality, and the Archival Lives of Queer Bodies Marika Cifor
2. Archiving Wimmen: Collectives, Networks, and Comix Margaret Galvan
3. Queering the Community Music Archive Zelmarie Cantillon, Sarah Baker and Bob Buttigieg
4. Archiving the Other or Reading Online Photography as Queer Ephemera Gemma Killen
5. Archives, Creative Memoirs, and Queer Counterpublic Histories: The Case for the Text-as-Record Faye Chisholm Guenther
6. The Australian Women’s Archives Project: Creating and Co-curating Community Feminist Archives in a Post-custodial Age Nikki Henningham, Joanne Evans and Helen Morgan
7. Decolonising Archives: Indigenous Challenges to Record Keeping in ‘Reconciling’ Settler Colonial States Trish Luker
8. Feminist Archiving [a manifesto continued]: Skilling for Activism and Organising Jenna Ashton
9. Documenting the Domestic: Chantal Akerman’s Experimental Autobiography as Archive Jane Simon
10. Of Archives and Architecture: Domestication, Digital Collections, and the Poetry of Mina Loy Jacinta Kelly
11. Feminist Research Practices and Digital Archives Michelle Moravec
12. Silence in Noisy Archives: Reflections on Judith Allen’s ‘Evidence and Silence – Feminism and the Limits of History’ (1986) in the Era of Mass Digitisation Kathryn M. Hunter
Maryanne Dever is a Professor and an Associate Dean in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Technology Sydney, Ultimo, Australia. She is joint Editor-in-Chief of Australian Feminist Studies. She has published widely in the areas of women’s and gender studies and critical archival studies.
Winner of the 2018 Mander Jones Award from the Australian Society of Archivists:
"An impressive scholarly work bringing together twelve thought-provoking and interesting essays which engage with a range of projects re-examining the practice of feminist archival research. These essays bring new perspectives to issues and concerns which are relevant to the broader archival community".