Blood, Sweat and Queers: Roller Derby and Queer Heritage

Author(s): Angela A. McComb; Nathan Klembara

Year: 2018


Queer theory is a new and developing realm of heritage management; with the listing of historic places Stonewall National Monument and the Bayard Rustin Residence, queer heritage is attaining broader recognition. Investigations into the broader patterns of queer history will expose additional spaces and places with important associations to queer communities on multiple levels. Roller derby’s queer-normative environment has become a center of community-building in the last twenty years, particularly for queer women and gender-nonconforming or trans* individuals. An analysis of the history of roller derby, the uses of space and landscape associated with the sport, and the development of community ties provides a unique perspective on the establishment of marginalized, sub-cultural communities. The examination of roller derby as an aspect of Queer Heritage acknowledges and incorporates the queer community in the Authorized Heritage Discourse, allowing for a richer, more inclusive understanding of our shared past.

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Blood, Sweat and Queers: Roller Derby and Queer Heritage. Angela A. McComb, Nathan Klembara. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, New Orleans, Louisiana. 2018 ( tDAR id: 441560)

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min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

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PaperId(s): 978