Vancouver Independent
Archives Week 2018/19


Wed. 26.02.20 / 12 pm Online Launch: "The Anti-Archive as Trans-Archive" by Cait McKinney

In response to Trans Archival Futures: Screening & Talk with Chase Joynt and Chris E Vargas

“What Vargas’s and Joynt’s work asks us to reconsider is the ways that trans lives resist capture within these frameworks even as they take up prominence within community archives, university collections, and museums. In other words, Vargas and Joynt are both keepers of archives who want to leave open their anti-archivalness. This does not mean abandoning archives altogether, but rather having them differently, provisionally, without guarantees.”

— Excerpt from Cait McKinney's The Anti-Archive as Trans Archive

Recollective: Vancouver Independent Archives Week announces the launch of The Anti-Archive as Trans-Archive, a new text by Cait McKinney that responds to Trans Archival Futures, a talk and screening event with Chris E. Vargas (M.O.T.H.A.) and Chase Joynt (Co-Director of Framing Agnes) presented at VIVO Media Arts Centre on June 1, 2019.

Cait McKinney is Assistant Professor in the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University, the author of Information Activism: A Queer History of Lesbian Media Technologies (Duke, 2020) and co-editor of Inside Killjoy’s Kastle: Dykey Ghosts, Feminist Monsters, and other Lesbian Hauntings (UBC Press and AGYU Press, 2019).

Response and documentation (film and photographs) of the event are available here:


"The Anti-Archive as Trans Archive" by Cait McKinney and event documentation are available here