ALMS 2019 Berlin: Queering Memory. Archives, Libraries, Museums und Special Collections: An International LGBTIQ+ Conference
27. – 29. June at Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin
What does ‘queering memory’ mean under the political, social and cultural conditions of the present? How can the diversity of queer histories be made visible in these digitized times?
ALMS 2019 Berlin will explore the potential of generating audiences for queer archives, libraries, museums and special collections, with a special focus on the arts and artistic interventions.
ALMS is a series of international conferences focused on public, private, academic, and grassroots archives collecting and preserving materials of all types from LGBTIQ+ communities. Its mission is to ensure that our history continues to be preserved and shared. The series was initiated in 2006 in Minnesota and the last two conferences took place in Amsterdam in 2012 and in London in 2016. These conferences provide an opportunity for archivists, activists and scholars from around the world to gather, share their stories and discuss the issues around documenting LGBTIQ+ lives. ALMS is an exceptional event as it offers the encouraging experience of being part of an international network overcoming borders and on track for the future.
ALMS 2019 Berlin also commemorates the 100th anniversary of the world’s first queer archive, library, museum and special collection. In 1919 Magnus Hirschfeld opened the Institut für Sexualwissenschaft (Institute for Sex Research) which was destroyed by the Nazis in 1933. This institute was located at the very place where the Haus der Kulturen der Welt stands today, and where ALMS Berlin will convene.
We expect approximately 300 archivists, activists, scholars and artists from over 40 countries working in queer archives, libraries, special collections and museums, researching the queer past, or generally interested in queer history, to join us in Berlin to discuss the current challenges and potential for queering memory.
DATE: Thursday 27 June to Saturday 29 June 2019
PLACE: Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin (HKW)
WELCOME Gathering: Wednesday 26 June, 18:00–21:00 (6–9pm) will be hosted by SMU (Booked out!)
CONFERENCE FEE: day ticket 55€/18€ available at the conference in the HKW (can be paid for in cash)
ONLINE REGISTRATION FOR ALL THREE DAYS (available until 11 June): https://www.conftool.org/queeralmsberlin2019/