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Queering Nordic Borders – NNAQH Conference in Bergen, Norway

Queering Nordic Borders – the second conference of the Nordic Network for Queer History Archives and Activities (NNAQH) will take place in Bergen on April 20, 2024 (with pre-conference activities and dinner the night before). The conference addresses the arbitrary nature of national borders within the Nordic and Baltic regions. How can we through our practices as archivists, activists and historians question, cross and “queer” those borders?

There will be a pre conference reception and informal dinner on April 19th at 6 pm. Click the link below for a preliminary programme of the conference.

Queering Nordic Borders – the second conference of NNAQH addresses the arbitrary nature of borders within the Nordic and Baltic region, and the consequences for marginalized people, e.g. queer people and indigenous people. The Sámi people have been particularly repressed by colonial practices, and by borders drawn with little consideration of the real lives of people living in the Middle and Northern parts of the Nordic Region.  

At the conference we discuss how queer archives and historians can question the Nordic colonial past. How have assimilation policies shaped queer indigenous lives? And how do we preserve, disseminate and research queer histories? The preservation, dissemination and research of Sámi queer history in particular, will be the topic of one of the sessions. Other questions discussed include how queer history and queer archival practices can “queer” and transgress national borders within the region.


If you are interested in getting your trip reimbursed please send a motivation letter including a budget for travel costs and accommodation by March 1, 2024 the latest, to the following address and enter “Reimbursement” in the subject line. The decisions will be made on March 6 and communicated shortly after. NNAQH can cover the travel expenses of 5-6 participants or organizations up to the amount of 500 euro each.

Please write a short motivation (500 words) on why you would like to participate in the conference in Bergen. Describe how the participation in the Nordic network for queer history activities and archives might benefit queer history activism and archives in your region. Explain in short how you plan to use the experiences from and the knowledge gained at the conference. Include a short description of your previous experience of archive or cultural heritage work, and/or of queer or LGBT+ archive activities; and/or of queer or LGBT+ history activities in general. Do also include your current connections to queer or LGBT+ organizations or activism or to archives or cultural heritage institutions.

NNAQH Conference
How it all started: 2 (12.5%) Panel discussion on queer archives and history 2019 in Gothenburg. From the right: Tone Hellesund (Skeivt arkiv), Sara Edenheim (Historian), Rita Paqvalén (Friends of Queer History), Olov Kriström (QRAB - The Archives and Library of the Queer Movement), Anna Linder (SAQMI - The Swedish Archive for Queer Moving Images). Photo by the moderator of the panel discussion: Pia Laskar (QRAB).