Nina Littel is a PhD candidate at Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society. Nina’s research focuses on the history of LGBT+ archives in the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and West-Germany. Based on archival research and oral history interviews, she studies the pre-history and emergence of these archives, and follows their development throughout the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. In addition, she analyzes processes of inclusion and exclusion in the archival practices of these archives, discussing how internal debates within the broader LGBT+ movement may have influenced what was taken in or was left out of the archive. For this project, Nina will be temporarily embedded as researcher in the Amsterdam-based archives IHLIA LGBT Heritage and Atria, institute on gender equality and women’s history. 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. Nina’s project is supervised by dr. Eliza Steinbock, prof. dr. Monika Baár and prof. dr. Hester Dibbits.
Nina completed a BA in History (cum laude) and a research MA in History: Political Culture and National Identities (cum laude), at Leiden University. During her MA, Nina interned at IHLIA LGBT Heritage. Nina’s research interests include the history of LGBT+ social movements, disability history, social movement history, public history, archival practices, and memory and heritage.