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Nina Littel

PhD candidate

Name
N. Littel
Telephone
+31 71 527 2727
E-mail
n.littel@hum.leidenuniv.nl

Nina Littel is PhD student at the Centre for the Arts in Society.
My PhD research project focuses on the history of LGBT+ archives in the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and West-Germany, from the 1970s onwards. Based on archival research and oral history interviews, I study the pre-history and emergence of these archives, and follow their development throughout the 1980s and 1990s. In addition, I analyze processes of inclusion and exclusion in the archival practices of these archives. This PhD-project is part of the broader project ‘The Critical Visitor: The Heritage Sector at a Crossroads: The way of intersectionality’, which is led by dr. Eliza Steinbock. The supervisors of my project are Eliza Steinbock (Leiden University), Monika Baár (Leiden University) and Hester Dibbits (Reinwardt Academie).

I hold a BA in History, and a research MA in History: Political Culture and National Identities, both from Leiden University. My research mainly focusses on LGBT+ social movements. Previously, I have researched transgender history in the German Democratic Republic and the Federal Republic Germany; Dutch radical lesbian and gay social movements; and disabled LGBTI+ people in the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

More information about Nina Littel

Fields of interest

LGBT+ history, disability history, identity politics, social movement history, archival practices, memory and heritage

Research

Founding an Inclusive Space: Legacies of Alternative Archiving Practices in the Netherlands, Germany and the United Kingdom.
Based on archival research and oral history interviews, this project studies the pre-history and emergence of LGBT+ archives, and follows their development throughout the 1980s and 1990s. In addition, the project analyzes processes of inclusion and exclusion in the archival practices of these archives. Firstly, it discusses the way broader debates within the LGBT+ movements were reflected in archival collections. Secondly, the project historicizes the notion of the ‘critical visitor’, as the practice of visitors placing critical demands for representation and inclusivity in heritage institutions is often imagined to be a recent phenomenon. This project considers whether within these alternative archival practices, a critical visitor already existed, challenging processes of exclusion and mixing in the deliberation of what to include in the heritage of the movement.


Curriculum Vitae

2017-2019: Research Master History: Political Culture and National Identities, Leiden University, Cum laude
2018-2019: Intern at IHLIA LGBT Heritage, Amsterdam
2017-2018: Student assistant for the Rethinking Disability project, Leiden University
2016-2017: Minor Gender and Sexuality in Society and Culture, Leiden University
2014-2017: Bachelor History, Leiden University, Cum Laude

https://www.linkedin.com/in/ninalittel/

https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/research/research-projects/humanities/founding-an-inclusive-space

https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/research/research-projects/humanities/critical-visitor

PhD candidate

  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Centre for the Arts in Society
  • KG Moderne beeldende kunst

Work address

Arsenaal
Arsenaalstraat 1
2311 CT Leiden
Room number A1.50

Contact

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