MEMORIGHTS cultural memory in LGBTQ activism

LGBTQ activism is a key example of transnational social movement. Activists create images, practices, texts, symbols and narratives for shaping their claims and make them socially visible; with their cultural production they take inspiration from earlier social movements and struggles and will potentially become inspiring sources for later generations. This results in the construction of cultural memories of activism that travel with and through activists and media, in time and space. The production, use, remediation and recirculation of cultural memories in LGBTQ activism is the primary focus of the project.  MEMORIGHTS addresses then this question: how is cultural memory used as resource in LGBTQ activism?

The project engages with this research question by analyzing commemorations, memorials and archives as settings and tools in LGBTQ activism in a transnational perspective.

Commemorative practices allow the construction of LGBTQ activists as visible collective actors capable of addressing institutions and civil society.  Commemorations keep earlier struggles alive, constructing a symbolical continuity with the past.

Archiving is a crucial practice for activism and archives are also sites of struggle. MEMORIGHTS analyses archives as places of interactions and negotiations between social agents, investigating the perspective of those who are involved in archiving processes. 

Memorials offer communicative scenes for public and personal commemorations, fostering the visibility of LGBTQ struggles. MEMORIGHTS will analyse the way LGBTQs elaborated the request for memorial spaces and use them.

MEMORIGHTS takes a transnational perspective in order to investigate the circulation and adaptation of cultural memories to local conditions of use. The project focuses on two geo-political contexts: the Southern Cone, with a focus on Argentina, and Europe, with case studies on The Netherlands and Italy.