Lesbian* movement in Europe – past and future

An evening of talks, tour, performance and drinks | 5 October, 17.00 - 21.30

Lesbian* movement in Europe – past and future2019-01-03T13:44:40+00:00

This event, organised by ILHIA, Women@WorkplacePride and EL*C, will present the latest research into the past international lesbian* organizing in Europe and beyond.

You will be given a tour of the IHLIA LGBT Heritage archive and during the panel discussion activists from across generations will reflect on the way we have built our movements. How can we learn from the past? What do we need for the future?

After the plenary discussion there will be a performance followed by informal networking and drinks.

* using the word “lesbian” is part of the political struggle for visibility, empowerment and representation. Therefore, EL*C uses “lesbian*” with an asterisk, so as to include anyone who identifies as lesbian, trans lesbian, intersex, feminist, bi or queer, and all others who identify with lesbian* activism.

Programme

5 October | 17.00 – 21.30, Forumzaal (6th floor OBA Oosterdok – Oosterdokskade 143,  )

17:00 – 17:30 Tour of the IHLIA archive (limited capacity – please sign up separately)

17:30 – 18:00 Walk in

18:00 – 19:30 Presentation and discussion
Belinda Dear and Evien Tjabbes will speak about events, festivals and conferences of lesbian women in 70’s, 80’s and 90’s and new EL*C initiatives

19:30 – 20:00 Performance from LGBT Youth Performance Initiative Amsterdam

20:00 – 21:30 Drinks and Networking

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Background and organisers

The International Lesbian Information Service (ILIS) (which existed 1980-1998) organised no less than 11 European lesbian conferences, as well as supporting three Asian lesbian conferences and three Latin American lesbian conferences. During the 2017 European Lesbian* Conference in Vienna, there emerged a request for researching the history of European lesbian organising, to prevent this generation from not knowing the past and enabling us to learn and find inspiration from the two decades worth of experience.

The European Lesbian* Conference (EL*C) is a collective of lesbian, queer, bi and trans women registered as an NGO, which aims to create a network of lesbians in Europe and Central Asia. EL*C Conference took place in October 2017, in Vienna (Austria). Five hundred lesbian politicians, artists, journalists, academics gathered from all over Europe and Central Asia for a very successful, historical and mediatized event. The next conference will take place on 12-14 April 2019, in Kyiv, Ukraine.

IHLIA LGBT Heritage is an international LGBTI library, archive, information and documentation centre about homosexuality and sexual diversity. IHLIA curates the largest LGBT collection of Europe with over 165.000 titles, including books, journals, films, posters, objects and archives from individuals and organisations.

Women@WorkplacePride is part of the Workplace Pride Foundation, aiming to build a community of LGBT women where they meet, share their professional knowledge and learn from one another’s experience and improve visibility of LGBT women in the workplace.
Workplace Pride is a not for profit foundation dedicated to improving the lives of LGBTI people in workplaces all over the world.

The LGBT Youth Performance Initiative Amsterdam is proud to present, Mens label je niet, where three young women*, namely, Lot, Fleur and Iris, who are full of power, vulnerability and rawness share their stories, thoughts and ask questions about being young and exploring ones identity as queer, lesbian and gender-fluid teens in the Netherlands. The LGBT Youth Performance Initiative Amsterdam is a performance project for queer youth between 14 and 24 years old. Within a safe environment, we research questions relevant to the youth, their stories and thoughts around identity and the world around them. Although professional performance artists coach the youth throughout the process, the young participants are provided the tools to become their own choreographers, songwriters and directors.

 

Booklet

During the European Lesbian* Conference in October 2017, which was held in Vienna, there emerged a request for researching the history of European lesbian organising. This was a result of presentations during the plenary history panel by Evien Tjabbes, Eva Isaksson and Lepa Mladjenović – former members of a group named the International Lesbian Information Service (ILIS), which existed from 1980-1998.

 

Through the research at IHLIA, Belinda Dear discovered that ILIS organised no less than 11 European lesbian conferences, as well as supporting three Asian lesbian conferences and three Latin American lesbian conferences. Her research was compiled into a booklet, which serves as a small overview of the history of ILIS – covering details of its international conferences, its presence at three UN World Conferences on Women, its actions, strategies, communications, structure and conference workshop themes. The front cover depicts a timeline of all the international conferences organised by ILIS, as well as the ones to which ILIS officially attended.

 

Through the information discovered in IHLIA’s archives, the EL*C as well as other lesbian groups now has an opportunity to look into the challenges and successes of the international lesbian organising of the past, and to learn and find inspiration from the near two decades worth of experience.

 

Included in the booklet are a number of detailed references, which can be used to find the source documents by using IHLIA’s digital archive.

 

Read the booklet

 

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