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The Reanimating Data Project Workshop 18th Nov. 2020
Hi, this is Sharon
Each Breakout Room to consider the following;
- What would you put in a feminist archive?
Is anything ever too personal?
Eye roll, cliche, embarrassment, too challenging a question ...
Formative objects
Friendship, family connections, gender identity, sexuality
Virgina Woolf
Wonder Woman/Women
A vase
- What is feminist archiving to you?
Ethical processes
Can pertain to methodology rather than content, i.e. not all the
women in the archive have to be "feminist" or identify as such
Power dynamics
Ethics of care
Intersections with anti-colonial approaches
Process vs preservation -- need things be permanent?
- What counts as archival material, are feminist archiving appraisal
methods different and why?
- What would you put in a feminist archive?
- What makes an archive feminist? the content? how its made?
- What can the feminist archive do?
- What does the feminist archive do for you?
- What are the problems? what are the risks?
ethics - taking resonsibility for creating ethical practice
working with the questions and thepower of decontextualising

Finding, being found, renwing
tensions between safe spaces and public spaces/ open spaces
letting something unexpected happen. we don't know what
feministknowledge making will look like when we share the archive.
questions can be more revraling than answers.
past-present relations rather than then and now
collect, but how to use.creatively. do we want to do more than
preserve and hoard the histories as part of dealing with trauma
rather than unleashing it.
Methods for getting beneath narrative, unexpected, lateral,

Abira, Joan, Sharon
What is feminist archiving to you?
- recogniction of labour and appropriate pay
- a particular approach, a process and a methology (how objects are
selected, organised and described)
- feminsit, queer, post-colonial, are we grappling with the same
- Causes disruptions
- Melissa Adler, impact of lack of representation, what you can add
to something that already exists rather then creating something new.
- "The politics of seeing" - Heidi (Museum, objects, lessons)
- feminsist organising
- portable archives, building community (creative archiving) Climbling Poetree
- disrupts the notion of "the" archive, broadening the parameters of
the archive - the digital does this
- relationship between museums and arhives, how things are accessed
digitally changes this. The digital replicates.
- Michelle Caswell, imagined archives. When "silenced" or absent.
- archives feel fixed, feminist archives are more fluid
- forming connections between the past, not being bound by time or
space. Liberation
- Activism
- creating genealogies, activiating others to connect to history
- Story-telling and creative aspects - the buidling of the archive
is just the beginning of the story - creative reponses activate
different responses
Key Concepts on feminst archiving (RAD Team and You)
Suzanne, Ali, Niamh
- the importance of trying to capture all contributions to archival

work - women's archival labour can be overlooked
- the significance of scale - Moravec - on the British Library
being able to digitise Spare Rib - but what is possible for small
- the choices that get made - what gets digitised and made available
- how are those decisions made
- decolonisation the focus of conversations in the library - but
library has inherited collection from Insitute of Development
- the significance of the location - where is the archive, what gets
- who gets to make decisions in archives - smaller archives having
more autonomy to gather materials maybe; also the role of the
idiosyncratic archivist who may get to make decisions
- the significance of the digital - archival material out of
Ester, Janet and Eleanor
Thinking about the literature on feminist ethics - recognising
affect and power relations are key. the attention to affect really
comes through in this project - the time and the thought and the
care. This is not something that some funders of open data projects
are interested in. So its really important to make this work
Thinking through what my children would think to hear my life?
Brinign affect into history.
What does it mean *not* to do the research, or not to make it
available? We need to take some risks in order to do ethical
research, thinking about the politics of representation.