Strengthening our knowledge, culture, and collective memory
Libraries, archives, and museums educate, inform, and create bridges to culture and technology. The Radical Libraries, Archives, and Museums Track will envision galleries, libraries, archives, and museums as centers that: support movements for social equity; provide information and cultural heritage to social justice workers; and serve as places to explore how to use art, media, and technology for social transformation. In this track, we will specifically consider the role of librarians, archivists, and curators in strengthening the knowledge, culture, and collective memory of communities impacted by social and economic disparity.
Coordinators of this track are Celeste Â-Re, Shoshanna Wechter, Bekezela Mguni, Sine Hwang Jensen, Laurel Johnson, Veronica Leigh-Milliner, and Karina Hagelin.
Call for Participation
Libraries, archives, and museums (LAM) are more than places for collecting and storing books and exhibiting artifacts. LAMs can be living, transformative spaces where artists, educators, technologists, and activists convene to access, document, share, organize, and find solutions to issues that impact their communities.
We welcome proposals for sessions that will be accessible to participants of all ages and backgrounds, and interpret the work of galleries, libraries, archives, and museums through the lens of media-based organizing. In previous years we have covered subjects such as restorative justice practices in teen librarianship, starting seed libraries, zine libraries, and tool libraries, and community archives that center the narratives of people of color.
We are especially interested in sessions that:
- Challenge traditional gallery, library, archive, and museum structures, institutions, and organizations
- Discuss best practices for community-based organizations that provide books, technology or internet access, creative materials, or collaborative opportunities centering people of color, queer and gender nonconforming folks, disabled people, incarcerated people, and undocumented people
- Consider the role of librarians, archivists, and curators in strengthening the knowledge, culture, and collective memory of communities impacted by social and economic disparity and state-sanctioned violence
- Address racism, white supremacy, and issues of inclusion in galleries, libraries, archives, or museums
Beyond the themes outlined above, if the idea of radical libraries, archives and museums resonates with you, we’d love to hear from you.
For questions about our track or to discuss session ideas with our coordinating team, please contact Celeste Â-Re at firstname.lastname@example.org, Shoshanna Wechter at email@example.com, or Sine Hwang Jensen, firstname.lastname@example.org