For some of us it feels like the world is about to end. Some of us have seen the world end over and over again for our communities, and yet we feel the impulse to document, to keep, to share or as the every day archivists at Saving Our Lives Hear Our Truths say to “know and remember.” We are post-colonial obeah, black post-katrina, black feminist after 1981, radical followers of Phillis Wheatley, still following Benjamin Banneker’s almanac. We are accountable to something that shouldn’t exist. But it does. It still does.
This is a course for archivists in the broadest sense of the term who want to think together about what is worth saving, or how WE are worth saving in this moment.
This is a space for community archivists, academic archivists, experiential archivists, DJs, researchers, community organizers, media makers, mapmakers, curators, geneaologists, documentary artists, historians, writers, family recipe recipients, collectors, oral history-makers, filmmakers, family reunion planners, Nina Simone fans and any one who feels called to think about what it means to keep material, digital, mental or embodied records at/after this time. What lasts at last?
Our black feminist references for apocalypse will include Octavia Butler, Jacqui Alexander, Audre Lorde, Marlene Nourbese Philip, Hortense Spillers, Alice Walker, June Jordan, Nina Simone, Janelle Monae, Phillis Wheatley and more.
registration for the whole intensive is sliding scale $175-300. (Installment payments available upon request.) Email firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know your goals for the course by September 5th.