Queering Polish Memory

Gdańsk’s Initiative has recorded political and social changes throughout the emergence of queer activism in Poland, a very under-documented historical movement. This project aims to begin the acknowledgement of queer archives in order to restore LGBTQIA+ history and to serve as a learning, connective space for marginalized communities.

The systemic homophobia and instrumentalization of history for political purposes by populist and right-wing parties in Poland led in recent years to the exclusion of specific minority groups such as LGBTQIA+ communities from mainstream historical discourse. These factors and the relatively early stage of the LGBTQIA+ movement in Poland stand in the way of the creation of a public, accessible queer archive. The project aims to counteract the vulnerability of ‘queer memory’ and create the first comprehensive queer archive to preserve and present the under-documented history of Polish queer activism from the late 1980s.

Project Details

Location: Poland, Eastern Europe, Europe Organiser(s): Modern Endangered Archives Programme (MEAP) Project partner(s): Fundacja Q; Gdańsk’s Innitative Funder(s): Arcadia Funding received: $47,402.50 Commencement Date: 02/2022 Project Status: Active
Project owner? Update this project

Related Projects

EAP1402 Pub003

19th-century documents from the Peruvian asylum el Manicomio del Cercado

The Victor Larco Herrera Hospital in the centre of Lima, Peru, was closed in 1917. Its archives, dating back to 1859, consist of medical documentation as well as administrativ…

Explore project
EAP1306 Silk Museum

The Caucasian Silk Circle: Digitising Photo Collection of the State Silk Museum in Georgia

The State Silk Museum of Georgia holds the only documentary evidence of the practice of sericulture in the 19th century. Taken during expeditions of the Caucasian Sericulture …

Explore project
EAP1294 team

Safeguarding for Posterity Two Private Collections of Palm-Leaf Manuscripts from the Tamil Country

The Kalliṭaikuṟicci and Villiyampākkam collections are palm-leaf collections held privately in India. The collections are essential to study the prevalent reading practices in…

Explore project