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Indexing Resistance: The Blood and Guts of Queer Protest Symposium

1585 Dundas Street West
Toronto ON M6J 1T9


Indexing Resistance is an interdisciplinary 2- day symposium at Lula Lounge with an accompanying month-long exhibition at the plumb. By reflecting on relationships between the visual, the scholarly, and preservation, Indexing Resistance presents papers and artwork exploring the diversity of resistance and protest in queer communities in Canada, focussing on untold, overlooked or forgotten histories. Keynote speaker, Julietta Singh discloses in her book No Archive Will Restore You (Punctum Books, 2018) that the concept of the archive is bodily, where memory and trauma are intertwined into the fabric of flesh. She contends that ‘the archive’ is both within us and beyond our touch. Singh’s approach to queerness, race, the archive, and resistance addresses these complexities by suggesting that knowledge (corporeal or intellectual) cannot repair the past.

Registration information can be found here.

Funding Support: VPRI Funding for Scholarly Events and Outreach Activities, York University; the plumb; The ArQuives; Centre Coordinator at Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies, York University; Archive/Counter-Archive (A/CA), York University; Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).