The Memory Project: Critical Collective Memory Work with LGBTQ Seniors
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This presentation reports upon one piece of data – a memory box made by a participant in a project conducted as part of the author’s federally funded postdoctoral research in Simon Fraser University’s Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies. The two-year project (The Memory Project) engaged LGBTQ elders living in the Grandview Woodlands area of Vancouver’s Eastside in collaborative critical arts practices. These practices were designed to expand and complicate assumptions about age and sexual identity, to lend voice and agency to queer seniors whose issues and culture are often overlooked in our society, to explore the potential of critical arts practices as a means to generate social change, and to construct strong communities.