- The Oxford Handbook of Public History
- List of Contributors
- The Past and Future of Public History: Developments and Challenges
- Internationalizing Public History
- Complexity and Collaboration: Doing Public History in Digital Environments
- Decentralizing Culture: Public History and Communities
- Trading Zones: Collaborative Ventures in Disability History
- Popular Understandings of the Past: Interpreting History through Graphic Novels
- The Business of History: Customers, Professionals, and Money
- Public Histories for Human Rights: Sites of Conscience and the Guantánamo Public Memory Project
- Archives for Justice, Archives of Justice
- Sexuality and the Cities: Interdisciplinarity and the Politics of Queer Public History
- Public History and the Environment
- From Environmental Liability to Community Asset: Public History, Communities, and Environmental Reclamation
- Between Pastness and Presentism: Public History and Local Food Activism
- Historians and Public History in the UN System
- Good Enough for Government Work
- Shaping Institutional Memory: Public History on Capitol Hill
- History, Heritage, and the Representation of Ethnic Diversity: Cultural Tourism in China
- Public History, Cultural Institutions, and National Identity: Dialogues about Difference
- History Museums and Identity: Finding “Them,” “Me,” and “Us” in the Gallery
- National Museums, National Narratives, and Identity Politics
- The Personalization of Loss in Memorial Museums
- The Magna Carta: 800 Years of Public History
- Public History as a Social Form of Knowledge
- Brownfield Public History: Arts and Heritage in the Aftermath of Deindustrialization
- Politics and Memory: How Germans Face Their Past
- The Legacy of Collecting: Colonial Collecting in the Belgian Congo and the Duty of Unveiling Provenance
- Slavery Tourism: Representing a Difficult History in Ghana
- How You Understand Your Story: The Survival Story within Cambodian American Genocide Communities
- In the Service of the State: Monuments and Memorials in Indonesia
Abstract and Keywords
The Twin Cities GLBT Oral History Project, launched in 2003, was a collective devoted to documenting and interpreting the formation of queer identities and politics in the Twin Cities through the collection of oral histories, through other forms of archival and ethnographic research, and via community-engaged collaborative public projects. This chapter examines the project’s formation and history as well as the challenges of working in an interdisciplinary group. Further, it highlights our decision to disavow identity politics in our research and writing and to deploy instead the queer analytics of the “politics of sexuality.” Finally, it considers the challenges of producing the volume Queer Twin Cities as one broadly accessible to multiple public audiences, even as it engaged with social and cultural theory, addressed controversial topics, and provoked debate about sexuality and politics.
Kevin P. Murphy is a professor of history at the University of Minnesota. His publications include Political Manhood: Red Bloods, Mollycoddles, and the Politics of Progressive Era Reform, Queer Twin Cities, and Historicising Gender and Sexuality. He has curated exhibitions at the National Building Museum, the Museum of the City of New York, and the Hennepin History Museum and currently serves on the steering committee of the Humanities Action Lab.
Jennifer L. Pierce is a professor in the Department of American Studies and the former director of the Center for Advanced Feminist Studies at the University of Minnesota. Her recent books include Racing for Innocence: Whiteness, Gender, and the Backlash against Affirmative Action and Telling Stories: The Use of Personal Narratives in the Social Sciences and History. She is also a member of the GLBT Oral History Project that produced the book Queer Twin Cities.
Alex Urquhart is an independent scholar. His focus is on the language and history of public health.
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