Feminist Archiving [a manifesto continued]: Skilling for Activism and Organising

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This article outlines the potential of a model of material and digital feminist archiving that sits within a wider context of feminist activism and organising. It argues that feminist archiving is a circular process of creating the society we want to be evidenced, and contributes to the skilling of women and girls for activism and organising. The article specifically responds to ‘A Manifesto of Feminist Archiving (or disruption)’, produced by arts and heritage organisation Digital Women’s Archive North CIC (UK) and its suggested methodological approaches of Intervention, Living and Reimagined. The Manifesto calls for an active relationship with the archive—one that conceptually and physically rethinks best practice for managing and creating collections. The Manifesto identifies five possible intervention points (Selection, Type, Facilitation, Storage and Time, Access). Documenting and collecting is a significant part of feminist archiving, but additional processes of rethinking access, interpretation, uses and creation of new structures are facets that will ensure a wider social relevance and application.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)126-149
Number of pages24
JournalAustralian Feminist Studies
Issue number91-92
Publication statusPublished - 30 Aug 2017


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