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The archival riot: Travesti/Trans* audiovisual memory politics in twenty-first-century Argentina

Simonetto, Patricio; Butierrez, Marce Joan; (2022) The archival riot: Travesti/Trans* audiovisual memory politics in twenty-first-century Argentina. Memory Studies 10.1177/17506980211073099. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

This article analyzes the making of travesti/trans* memory politics in Argentina. Focused on audiovisual initiatives, archives, catalogs, novels, and digital activism, it studies how these policies emerged in the wider context of the archival and digital turn. While placing the dialogues with Argentine centrality of memory in social conflict and Latin American archival grassroots politics, this text addresses the role of remembrance in the production of travesti/trans* identity. This article argues that trans* memory initiatives acted as politics of belonging that worked in two levels: defining the limits of a common identitarian past, and reaching a wider cisgender audience to highlight the social violence that defined travesti/trans’ precarious lives. This article shows how by placing travesti/trans* memories in tension with national retelling of the past, they are building politics of belonging to legitimate their claims of social reparation to make new trans* futures possible.

Type: Article
Title: The archival riot: Travesti/Trans* audiovisual memory politics in twenty-first-century Argentina
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1177/17506980211073099
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1177/17506980211073099
Language: English
Additional information: This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
Keywords: archive, Argentina, digital activism, grassroot organization, Latin America, memory politics, queer, social movement, trans
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Institute of the Americas
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10143222
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