WHAT ABOUT THIS HERITAGE?
The LGBTQI+ presence in the European Year of Cultural Heritage
17 October 2018
Marvila Municipal Library, Lisbon, Portugal
In this European Year of Cultural Heritage, Access Culture aims to discuss a heritage that is often not preserved and even hidden, ignored, silenced, inaccessible, uncomfortable, undervalued: the LGBTQI + (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex) heritage.
What heritage is this? Why highlight it?
We cannot be what we cannot see, we cannot be if we are not visible. In Access Culture we are aware of the importance of representation, the need of people – each one of us – to feel represented and accepted. To feel acknowledged, accompanied, a member of one’s own community, but to also be able to see oneself as belonging to other communities.
In Portugal, the history of the LGBTQI + community is little known and even less included in our mainstream narratives. The challenges its members have been facing, the fight for their rights, their contribution to this country are still very much a subject for niche audiences. When we do not see someone, that person does not exist for us, with all the consequences that this ignorance brings to social inclusion and, consequently, to the appreciation of our society.
Access Culture, by choosing this theme for its 2018 conference, in the European Year of Cultural Heritage, intends to place hidden or unrecognised stories at the center of our reflection; the conditions under which they are reserached; their preservation, promotion and interpretation; but also the contemporary creation, the heritage generated today. A society that wants to be inclusive and respectful of difference needs multiple narratives, it needs access to knowledge, access the Other and the ability to recognise his/her humanity.
9h00: Reception of the participants
9.30-10.30: Keynote speech
Margarida Lima de Faria – Sociologist, Founder of AMPLOS
10.30-11.30: Do we know what we are talking about?
Seminar on concepts and terminology
Sara Martinho – Research fellow of FCT at CIS/ISCTE-IUL
11.30-12.00: Coffee break
12.00 – 13.30 Panel discussion
André Murraças – Theatre Director, Playwright, responsible for Queerquivo
Ana Rito – Visual Artist, Curator
Fernando Cascais – Reseracher at Universidade Nova de Lisboa
Susana Gomes da Silva – Education Coordinator, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
Moderator: Aida Rechena – Museologist
15.00–16.30 Panel discussion
Ana Pérez-Quiroga – Visual Artist
Andreia Brites – Reading Mediator
Inês Ferreira Leite – Lawyer
Odete – Activist, Performer, Dj
Pedro Marum – Curator, Artist, Dj, Founder of Rabbit Hole
Moderator: Andreia Cunha – Cultural Manager
16.30 – 17.00 Closing speech
Paula Allen, Associação Plano i