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Why (Queer) History Matters: The Politics of History

29 August 2022 - 30 August 2022


Center on Law & Social Transformation
Centre for Women’s and Gender Research
The National Norwegian Archive for Queer History
Department of Archaeology, History, Cultural Studies and Religion


The University Aula in Bergen, Norway

GRIP is happy to join the Center on Law & Social Transformation, the Centre for Women’s and Gender Research, The National Norwegian Archive for Queer History and the Department of Archaeology, History, Cultural Studies and Religion from the University of Bergen in organising this exciting conference on queer history, in August 2022.

Neglect and erasure of queer history has been the norm in all national histories until quite recently. In this conference we address how this highly problematic practice of history can also enable the eradication of LGBT+ rights in contemporary societies. For, in some places LGBT communities are seen as a national threat while in others, homo-tolerance is instrumentalized to build national self-identity. In both cases, interest in and knowledge of queer history is usually absent. In this conference we therefore ask: How are national histories cleansed of unwanted elements? What role does ignorance and censorship play? Can the lack of knowledge of queer history be fundamental to contemporary oppression of queers? If so, what can be done to preserve and disseminate queer histories?

In this conference we hear reflections and examples on how and why queer history matters in different contexts. Norway officially opened its national queer archive here in Bergen in 2015, and queer history is slowly starting to appear as a legitimate academic field in line with other academic fields of research also in Norway.

The entire program can be found here.

It will be possible to participate both physical and digital.

Price: 200 NOK for physical participation (includes lunch)

Please click here to register

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