DJ Lynnée Denise Keynotes the UK Archives Matter Conference
June 2-3 DJ Lynnée Denise attended the Archives Matter Conference at Goldsmiths, University of London, hosted by the Centre for Feminst Research. Conference Coordinator Chandra Frank says the conference will help participants work towards different uses of archive, from a range of disciplines and perspectives. “We hope to explore, how the institutional archive can be made feminist, queered or decolonized, and in which ways we can build on transnational archives as well as establish our own archives,” Frank said. DJ Lynnée Denise was invited to be one of two keynote speakers. The first was Dr. Gloria Wekker. Dr. Wekker’s book White Innocence, which investigates colonialism as‘cultural archive’ was published by Duke in April 2016 https://www.dukeupress.edu/white-innocence and the conference was selected as a site to launch her new book.
DJ Lynnée Denise’s talk, "Thieves in the Temple: DJ Culture and the Prince Archives" encouraged the audience to think more critically about Prince's battle with the music industry. Lynnée was also selected to be a moderator for the panel “Black Performativity; Music, Sensation and Gesture.”
The conference was well organized and provided a wonderful opportunity for artists, scholars and activists alike to build transnational connections and to challenge the traditional and limited use of the archive.