In order to make archives searchable, particularly in a digital environment, an archivist categorises the objects, works and ephemera using a predetermined classification system and set of descriptive rules. The vocabulary/conventions of these systems, that which users engage with to locate the material they seek, reflect the cultural norms of any given social context– norms of cisnormativity, heteronormativity, racism, classism, sexism and western imperialism. The presence of queer and trans aesthetics, people and practices in the archive can interrupt and challenge these cultural norms and often elude fixed classification.
The first part of this talk will examine transness in the archive, and the adjoining workshop will aid participants in identifying archival descriptions that exclude, silence, harm, or mischaracterize queer and trans narratives and people. It will also provide a pathway for various users to take part in reparative description, either within the metadata of record or in the process of gathering research data.
Attendees are advised to bring their own fully charged laptop devices – to enhance the participatory learning experience of the workshop.
Jasmine Burns is a Metadata Librarian and U.S. Fulbright Scholar in residence at IMMA. They are currently embedded in the IMMA Collections Department providing support for the institution’s vast archive documenting the history of the museum and the work and lives of significant Irish and international artists. Jasmine’s research focuses on the creation and management of digital collections and archives. They co-authored the Metadata Best Practices for Trans and Gender Diverse Resources.
Aisling Reina is a community organizer with the Small Trans Library. They have an MA in Gender and Sexuality from SOAS, London, where their research focused on Queer Disabled Approaches to (Healing From) Sexual Violence. As an independent artist they have facilitated workshops for trans disabled people as part of Rest Rooms in Dublin Fringe Festival and created performance art on the intersection of disability and sexual violence and the Irish state for Chronic Collective in Pallas Studios. See more details here
This talk will be audio recorded and available to listen back to in 2023.