Nov 2nd 2016

Ann Cvetkovich is the Ellen Clayton Garwood Centennial Professor of English and Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. She is the author of Mixed Feelings: Feminism, Mass Culture, and Victorian Sensationalism (Rutgers, 1992); An Archive of Feelings: Trauma, Sexuality, and Lesbian Public Cultures (Duke, 2003); and Depression: A Public Feeling (Duke, 2012). Cvetkovich coedited (with Ann Pellegrini) Public Sentiments, a special issue of The Scholar and Feminist Online, and (with Janet Staiger and Ann Reynolds) Political Emotions (Routledge, 2010). She has been coeditor, with Annamarie Jagose, of GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies. Her current writing projects focus on the current state of LGBTQ archives and the creative use of them by artists. Her project, The Queer Art of Counterarchives, chronicles the recent increase of LGBTQ archives and uses them as a departure to ask more extensive questions about the power of archives to transform public history. This project operates in the tensions between activist calls for archival visibility and critiques of archives as politically suspect and impossible. Cvetkovich explores these tensions by investigating archival case histories as well as projects by artists whose creative and queer approaches to archives are both critical and transformative. For additional information, please visit

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