My name’s Red Chidgey and I’ve been involved in feminist history projects as a form of skill-sharing and activism for a few years now. In particular, I have an interest in feminist-made media projects and how we grapple with issues of resistance, survival, creativity, relationships, conflicts and renewals within our print and digital media cultures, through a cultural memory lens (meaning, what connections do feminists make between past present future, and how does knowing our pasts strengthen our activism?)
In particular, this blog will serve as a research platform for a doctoral project on feminist media, memory and archives at London South Bank University, supervised by Anna Reading, Hillegonda Rietveld, and Suzanne Scafe.
On this blog, I’ll start by building up chronologies of key publications (books, magazines, newspapers, e-zines) in the UK as a way to stage our histories. I’ll also be posting on issues of feminist history, what gets remembered or forgotten, what histories of the feminist past are talked about by activists in the present, and how digital cultures are shaping how we collect, record, document and disseminate feminist memory.
You are very much welcome to comment on the posts and chronologies and add your suggestions, links, etc. This website will also seek to document archival records, both through the www.grassrootsfeminism.net website and real life repositories. If you have any materials or memories you would like to share through this project, please get in touch!
Also if you are involved in feminist memory projects – such as creating new archives, oral history projects, exhibitions, workshops, etc – and fancy being interviewed by email for this blog, drop me a line. It would be great to be able to profile different feminist memory projects – from the grassroots to the institutional – to inspire and build upon.
Red Chidgey, email@example.com