Today saw the inaugural reading group session, with a discussion topic of ‘Queering the Archive: Archiving the Queer’. The session, chaired by Somak Biswas, was attended by over thirty members of the Warwick community, with representatives from across four departments (History, Sociology, English, and Politics) and from undergraduates right up to full-time academic staff. The discussion was both enthusiastic and fruitful, with many different people taking an active role. For all present, much was gained through listening to and engaging with these different points-of-view. The level of attendance and the keen nature of the debates underlined the very real interest in and demand for discussion around Queer history and scholarship amongst the academic community.
Details of future events will be released over the summer period. In the meantime, people interested in getting involved with the group should sign-up on the group’s university’s webpage. Anyone interested in writing a piece for the blog should indicate this when signing up, and should also take the time to read our ‘Submission Criteria’ page. Any suggestions for future events should be made directly to Somak, whose email address is on the ‘Contact’ page.
N.B.: The texts discussed in this session were: Martin F. Manalansan IV, ‘The “Stuff” of Archives: Mess, Migration, and Queer Lives’ and Howard Chiang, ‘Archiving Peripheral Taiwan: The Prodigy of the Human and Historical Narration’.