Queer Memory and Archive Policies

Perverse Collections: Building Europe’s Queer and Trans Archives

Thursday, 27, and Friday, 28 June 2024 - Check programme
L’Armari de la Memòria, archive of Generalitat Valenciana. Courtesy of L’Armari de la Memòria
L’Armari de la Memòria, archive of Generalitat Valenciana. Courtesy of L’Armari de la Memòria
Alberto Berzosa and Juan Antonio Suárez
Organised by
Museo Reina Sofía y grupo de investigación Perverse Collections (PERCOL)
Cultural Heritage and Global Change and Agencia Estatal de Investigación

Queer Memory and Archive Policies is the first seminar in Spain from Perverse Collections: Building Europe’s Queer and Trans Archives, a Europe-wide project the Museo Reina Sofía is a member of alongside other cultural institutions. The encounter assembles activists, archivists and historians to debate the emergence, history and policies of queer and trans archives in the Spanish State and southern Europe.

Setting out from the idea that archives occupy a central place in the political imagination of LGBTQIA+ communities as stores of collective memory, resistance and anti-establishment resources, as well as sources of inspiration for the future, this seminar explores the connections between activism and archive practices; the specifics of sexual dissidence archives and the relations they bear to institutional frameworks; the possibilities offered by dispersed, migrant and digital archives; and the traces of LGBTQIA+ history in other repositories.

The Perverse Collections project, funded by the European organisation ERA-LEARN JPI-CHSE (Joint Programming Initiative-Cultural Heritage, Society and Ethics) and Spain’s State Research Agency, advocates a critical understanding of the development of LGBTQ+ archives in Europe, enabling strategies to be constructed to preserve LGBTQ+ history and fostering its transformative potential in cultural heritage policies through researchers, queer communities and workers from the GLAM (Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums) sector. Its lines of action include mapping these archives, from the 1970s to the present day, and with an awareness of their similarities and differences, their institutional relations and an understanding of the local, national and international queer history they put forward.

Both this activity and the project it is framed within set forth innovate strategies to preserve and maintain the queer cultural legacy. Consequently, they are situated in a living political context: while LGBTQ+ violence and discrimination/phobias continue to increase in Europe, exacerbated by the far-right rhetoric of certain political groups, initiatives such as these substantiate the social, cultural, ethical and political value of LGBTQ+ legacies.

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Actividad pasada Thursday, 27 June 2024
Session 1

5pm Welcome

5:15pm Audiovisual Archives in Ca la Dona
The screening of a selection of pieces by Ana Sancho from the audiovisual archives of the Ca la Dona Documentation Centre (Barcelona) and a conversation between Isa Luengo (La Calumnia), Rebecca Tolosa (Ca la Dona Documentation Centre) and Gracia Trujillo (Complutense University of Madrid).
—Presented by Isa Luengo and Sofía Esteve

6:15pm Archives of Pride in Madrid
Screening and conversation between Alberto Berzosa (researcher) and Peter Toro (film-maker).
— Presented by Peter Toro

7:10pm Perverse Desires in Film Collections
Screening of the short films
Manolo Reyes (1944), by Claudio de la Torre
Luna de sangre (1944), by José López Rubio
Misa, pasacalles, rancho… (1981), by Carles Comas
Sevilla tuvo que ser(1978), by Juan Sebastián Bollaín


Free, until full capacity is reached

Actividad pasada Friday, 28 June 2024
Session 2

9am Welcome

9:30am Activist Archives
Round-table Discussion
—Participants: Magdalena Costa Vallés (Armand de Fluvià Documentation Centre, Barcelona), Daniela Ferrández Pérez (University of Santiago de Compostela), Maurizio Gelatti (Fondazione Angelo Pezzana-Fuori!, Turin) and François Théophile Boureau (Mémoire des Sexualités, Marseille)

11am Break

11:30am Dispersed, Migrant, Virtual
Round-table Discussion
—Participants: Pedro Felipe Hinestrosa (Archivo Arkhé, Madrid), Diego Marchante “Genderhacker” (Archivo T) and Inmaculada Mujika and Amparo Villar (Miradas atrevidas, Bilbao)

1pm Break

2:30pm Queer Traces in Other Archives
Round-table Discussion
—Participants: Daniela Ferrández Pérez (University of Santiago de Compostela), Geoffroy Huard (Cergy Paris Université, Paris), Alejandro Melero (Carlos III University, Madrid), María José Sola Sarabia (Emakumeen Dokumentazio Zentroa “Maite Albiz”, Bilbao) and César Vallejo (Radio Televisión Española)

4pm Break

4:30 h Collective Memory and Archive Technology
Round-table Discussion
—Participants: Francisco Brives (Archivo Transfeminista/Kuir, La Neomudéjar, Madrid), Pablo Hernández Miñano (l’Armari de la Memòria, Valencia) and Lucas Platero and Fefa Vila (¿Archivo Queer?, Madrid)

Nouvel Building, Auditorium 200, and online platform

200 personas


Free, until full capacity is reached 

Actividad pasada Friday, 28 June 2024
Session 3

6:15pm and 7:10pm Visit to ¿Archivo queer? 
—Conducted by Fefa Vila 

Meeting Point: Nouvel Building, Library and Documentation Centre

15 people per visit


Free, until full capacity is reached, with prior registration via email by writing to centrodeestudios@museoreinasofia.es, until 27 June, stating personal details (name and surname) and visit time