Writing Our Past With a Future in Sight: On Writing Queer Brown Voices for Queers of Color

1.77 October 1, 2016 2:30 pm - 4:15 pm

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Presenter biographies will be linked below as they become available. Final program subject to change.

Letitia “Leti” Gómez
Salvador Vidal-Ortiz

In this workshop-style panel, we will engage with the foundational feminist, queer, and racial justice roots of the book Queer Brown Voices: Personal Narratives of Latina/o LGBT Activism (Quesada, Gomez & Vidal-Ortiz, University of Texas Press 2015), which discusses LGBT activists in community organizations in the 1970s throughout the 1990s in the U.S./Puerto Rico. The book’s project, from inception to publishing, has been to show, through an illustration of how the oral histories and archival documents are more than simply personal accounts (or an N=1), a clear path to a small version of the social movement activism networks of the era. In recounting the past, conducting research by activists, academics, and academic-activists, and publishing it, Queer Brown Voices aims to signal to the potentiality of similar project possibilities for current and future generations…

This interactive session will help attendees understand the potential of collaborations between community activists and academics in developing research projects with specific aims. Participants are encouraged to come with an idea for a project. Presenters will share various alternative projects; there will also be sharing of handouts: a list of archives, info on the Oral History Association, how to navigate the Institutional Review Board at universities, etc. The main purpose is to see how a collaborative project with activists-academic partners results in a compilation of recent history for communities that are either made invisible, or underserved.