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Showcasing Digital Scholarship at USC: Mapping Queer Terrains


This event, Mapping Queer Terrains: Telling Stories from the Local to the Global, organized by Joseph Hawkins (USC Libraries, ONE Archive) focuses on LGBTQ communities and the role that space, place, and location has on individual and collective lived experiences.  The panelists will discuss how telling stories that emphasize place begin to bridge the gap between analog and digital environments, historical and current collections, and local and global communities.


September 30, 2015: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives

909 West Adams Boulevard

Los Angeles, CA 90007.  


SPEAKERS (For more information about the speakers, click here)

  • Joseph Hawkins, Ph.D. is the Director of ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at the USC Libraries and currently teaches anthropology and gender studies.
  • Alan Bell is president of BLK Publishing, a company he founded in 1988 to publish magazines for the black LGBT community.
  • Andy Rutkowski is the current Geospatial Resources Librarian at UCLA Libraries and the former Interdisciplinary GIS Library Fellow at USC Libraries.
  • Cynthia Wang is a PhD Candidate at USC in the Annenberg School of Communication. She was a recipient of USC’s Diploma in Innovation grant from 2013-2014, which allowed her to create GlobaltraQs, a web-based application that maps out LGBTQ stories throughout history around the world.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION (For the complete Program, click here)  

While the advent of digital media has transformed the ways we make connections between people, places, and collections, the material ephemera grounds stories in physical place. Organization, activism, and the exchange of knowledge between LGBTQ communities and individuals now happens at greater speeds and across greater distances, allowing people to participate and engage with each other on unprecedented levels. This rapid expansion highlights how the everyday practices of local communities are necessary to make sense of these broader cultural shifts.

Because of the perpetual invisibility of queer communities, storytelling empowers individuals to participate in larger, interconnected conversations, revealing hidden histories and neglected narratives. Queer stories are everywhere. By mapping them out across space and time, we are able to better understand how they connect local cultures to a growing global community.