Collecting and Archiving LGBTIQ+ and Women’s Movements in the (Post-)Yugoslav Space


Aus der Gesprächsreihe Disziplinen in Bewegung


Aleksandar Ranković (Institut für Zeitgeschichte) im Gespräch mit Perica Jovchevski (Doctoral School of Political Science, Public Policy and International Relations, Central European University) und Kathleen Zeidler (Graduate School for Global and Area Studies, Universität Leipzig)


25.04.2022, 18:30-20:00, Kolingasse 14-16, Seminarraum 17


Gay, lesbian, bisexual, transsexual and queer, as well as feminist activists have created a vast array of materials bearing witness to their struggle for liberation: magazines, photographs, books, papers, reports, leaflets and videos are tangible products of their historical agency. Recent activities in collecting, curating, and exhibiting these traces speak of an on-going process of (self-)historicization which raises a variety of significant questions:


How and where have archives been established by LGBTIQ+ and feminist activists across the Post-Yugoslav space? Is there a conflict of interest when activists themselves create archival knowledge? How can processes of LGBTIQ+ and feminist (self-)historicization look like in and beyond the (Post-)Yugoslav space? Which obstacles do activists face when creating archives? Where do we locate sexualities beyond LG in the context of LGBTIQ+ archives? Can there be a queer / feminist practice of collecting and archiving?


This discussion will bring together perspectives of both practices of curating and of historical research based on LGBTIQ+/feminist related archival sources with a particular focus on (Post-)Yugoslavia.


The event will take place live at Kolingasse 14-16, in seminar room 17, in compliance with the current COVID-regulations. Please register in advance at if you want to join us at Kolingasse. If you want to follow the discussion online via Zoom please register here here.




Bildcredit: Magazine cover of the annual report of the “Campaign against homophobia”, Belgrade 1998. Design by Adnan Mahmutović and Lazar Stojanović © Aleksandar Ranković