Queered by the Archive: NMP & the Activist Potential of Archival Theory

Working with Andrea Zeffiro on “Queered by the Archive: NMP & the Activist Potential of Archival Theory” which, on my side, will bring together my involvement with NMP with the archival theory I’ve been teaching and writing about via academia.

Accepted for publication (2014) Edited by Andrew Jolivette in Collaboration with the DataCenter, Research
for Justice

Launched on January 1, 2009, www.nomorepotlucks.org (NMP) is the first and only independent web-based and print-on-demand journal of arts and politics in Canada, housed at the Library Archives Canada. Cofounded by Mél Hogan, M-C MacPhee and Dayna McLeod, the project came to fruition, in part from a longstanding friendship, but also from their volunteer experience with the Dykes on Mykes (DoMs) community radio show at CKUT, in Montreal. The project however, was also a decisive response to what they perceived to be lacking in content – politics, ideologies, and aesthetics – in arts and cultural publications. Over the course of the last four years, Hogan and MacPhee hit the proverbial nail on the head in their assessment of what was lacking in queer feminist arts and cultural venues of publication: 29 issues have been published, and upcoming editions of NMP are curated months in advance. NMP supports marginalized voices and modes of knowledge production and dissemination, and therefore facilitates acts of self-determination and cultural autonomy, and those communities – artist, activist and academic – continue to supply the journal with material – art works, reflections, interviews, poetry, works of fiction – all of which document in some regard matters of urgency.  NMP’s stake in research justice however, pertains not only to the journal’s strong feminist underpinnings and visibly queer ethics, but also, and perhaps more importantly, to the archival trajectory of the project and its political implications. In our contribution to Research Justice, we will use NMP as a site of inquiry to explore how the politics of a social movement—queer, GLBT, feminist—are reflected in that movement’s preservation, though by no means always advertently. With this in mind, we attempt to address how NMP positions itself politically through its strategies for sustenance—not so much to come up with a definitive stance about who and what NMP is, or how it can or will be read historically, but rather to demonstrate the correlation between self-preservation and politics, or, in other words, to identify the link between NMP and the activist potential of the history it creates and tells about itself and its community. –Zeff


*Research Justice Reader*
Call for Submissions

Edited by Andrew Jolivette in Collaboration with the DataCenter, Research
for Justice



Research Justice is the active engagement with communities of color,
indigenous peoples, and marginalized groups to use research as a critical
intervention and active disruption of colonial policies and institutional
practices that contribute to the (re)production of settler colonialism,
heteropatriarchy, nationalism, racism, xenophobia, and human rights
violations against women, the poor, and the most targeted members of our

Research Justice is also a ceremonial celebration of the daily acts of
resistance, revitalization, and cultural autonomy that support the
knowledge production, ways of knowing, design, dissemination, and
stewardship of critical research justice practices by and from the
communities most impacted by globalization and capitalism.

This anthology is a celebration and a recognition of the positive and
innumerable ways that people on the margins utilize research to transform
their communities with the ultimate goal of liberation, self-determination,
and self-actualized freedom. Research justice also prioritizes research
participants as the leaders of any research agenda. The most fundamental
goal of RJ is the development of global citizens who actively work to
transform the structures of power and privilege to engage everyday people
as leaders, change agents, and visionary leaders equipped with the
necessary tools to build community infrastructures that will support the
healthy development of self-sustaining, grassroots, and collective
community based participatory research for the advancement of human rights.

We invite essays from all fields and theoretical frameworks that prioritize
relational ethics, solidarity with research participants and from those
crafting research that focuses on research methods from multiple community
constituencies and transnational vantage points.

Scholarship constructed on the basis of innovative research techniques,
trans-disciplinary methods, effective community collaborations will all be
central to this project of naming and claiming research justice as an act
of self-determination and intellectual freedom.

We are especially interested in essays that document culturally responsive
research methods and innovative interventions that have impacted public
policy in education, health, worker rights, counter movements in response
to anti-blackness, critical mixed race studies, immigrant rights, Native
and Indigenous Pacific rights, de-militarization, and issues related to the
prison industrial complex, queer studies, gender studies, and inter-ethnic

Submissions by youth, elders, incarcerated or formerly incarcerated people,
and transgender people will also be a priority of this collection

We would be especially appreciative of submissions from tribal leaders,
non-profit, CBO, and NGO leaders, staff members, students, progressive
foundations, and community stakeholders within ethnic specific or
multi/cross-racial/ethnic populations.

Research that documents applied projects/programs that have a proven track
record of creating a pipeline between multiple generational leaders and
across different ethnic, cultural, religious, and gender groups are also
important voices that we would like to include.

Testimonials, art, poetry, and creative projects of all types in written
format or as documented oral histories are also important contributions
that we want to include in this one of a kind anthology that will build
upon the momentum of the Decolonizing Knowledge event hosted by the
DataCenter, featuring Dr. Linda Tuhiwai Smith and Dr. Michelle Fine in
April of 2013.

Any questions or inquiries can be sent to Andrew Jolivette. If you would
like to submit an abstract in lieu of a complete essay please indicate when
you anticipate your ability to complete a full essay with a precise date
before the end of October 2013.

We plan to publish the first Critical *Research Justice Reader* by Fall
2014, so your timely submissions are most appreciated. A central question
to consider as you develop your submissions is how does your
research/project/organization/tribe/center/foundation honor the concept of
research as a ceremonial practice of solidarity, justice, and equity?

All submissions should be between 10-20 pages, typed and double-spaced in
APA format. Chapter submissions should be sent to Andrew Jolivette at
ajoli@sfsu.edu by August 31st, 2013 in word .doc format.

*Obama and the Biracial Factor *

Andrew Jolivette
Associate Professor and Chair (On-Sabbatical Fall 2013)
American Indian Studies Department, EP 103B
Affiliated Faculty, Race & Resistance Studies/Educational Leadership
San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Avenue
San Francisco, CA. 94132
(415) 338-2701 ~ ajoli@sfsu.edu
Visiting Scholar, Native & Indigenous Sexuality & Public Health
American Indian Resource Center
University of California, Santa Cruz
Fall 2013

IHART Alum, Indigenous Wellness Research Institute,
University of Washington

Board President, Speak Out
Board Vice-Chair, DataCenter
Board Member, GLBT Historical Society