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SafeWordSociety Presents: Archiving 101 | Methods of Self-Preservation

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On Oct 13th from 2:30 - 4:30 PM, in honor of LGBT History Month we're giving you Archiving 101: Methods of Self-Preservation with Zakiya Collier! This workshop aims to highlight the importance of personal archiving and self-documentation for LGBTQIA+ communities of color. The workshop will explore a creative approach to self-preservation and affirm the addition of archiving, to our repertoire of survival strategies in our everyday lives.

Self-preservation, defined as the preservation of oneself from destruction or harm, or a natural or instinctive tendency to act so as to preserve one's own existence, can be applied to self-documentary practices such as saving photos, journals, or correspondences.

Participants will collectively create a collection of letters that will allow for reflection of the individual legacies and liberatory journeys as QTPOC+, to be archived and produced into a zine.

*This event is free, QTPOC+ prioritized*

*This event will be photographed*

**Only 20 spots available**


Zakiya Collier is a queer, black feminist archivist and librarian dedicated to recognizing and documenting black life and survival as revolutionary. She is a MA candidate in the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication at NYU and a MS candidate in the School of Library and Information Science at Long Island University. Interfacing cultural and information studies, her research and writing draws on black feminist thought to interrogate the archives’ historically exclusionary relationship with communities of color, and study the self-curated, collaborative, digital archival practices that have developed in resistance to that antagonistic relationship. Zakiya currently works as a Processing Archivist at Barnard College and Oral History Intern at the Weeksville Heritage Center where she is working on projects involving African-American legacies, digital heritage, and cultural memory.