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Author Archives: Jass Thethi
GLAM and Diversity are Cancelled. We Need GLAMorous Intersectionality
This post was first posted on the ARA New professionals website. Words are a powerful force, used correctly they can galvanise people to take down oppressive regimes, change hearts and minds, and tell stories of the universal human condition. The impact of language changes over time depending on the context in which it is used.Continue reading “GLAM and Diversity are Cancelled. We Need GLAMorous Intersectionality”
5 stages of accepting your privilege
In this post I will break down the 5-6 stages of accepting your privilege, how it affects those surrounding you, what you can do about it, and how to stop making it a problem/issue for people like me to solve. When I conduct workshops outlining practical steps to increase intersectionality and representation within the Galleries,Continue reading “5 stages of accepting your privilege”
ARA 2019 Handouts
This page post is dedicated to the 2019 Archives and Records Association, taking place in august 2019. On this page you can find the handouts and presentation for the day. Please remember to credit Jass Thethi, Managing Director of International GLAM, and link to the website if you use the material for any reason. EmpoweredContinue reading “ARA 2019 Handouts”
To decolonise the heritage sector, we must first decolonise our minds
This requires deeply reflecting of our collective heritage, trauma and biases created by the colonisers – past and present.
Wilful and Wondrous Women
First published on The John Rylands Special Collections Blog in March 2019. To celebrate International Women’s Day (although I like to think of it as the whole month) I would like to discuss some exceptional women from history that changed the world in their own way. This blog will explore the lives of Caroline Hershel,Continue reading “Wilful and Wondrous Women”
Creating spaces for people like me in Special Collections.
First published in CILIP Rare Books and Special Collections Newsletter Issue 111 April 2019. This article will attempt to solve the lack of inclusivity and diversity in the cultural sector in 1000 words. Just kidding! This article will outline some of the issues surrounding inclusion and diversity in libraries. I will offer some ways toContinue reading “Creating spaces for people like me in Special Collections.”
LGBTQIA Awesomeness from the Archives
This blog post will explore some of the LGBTQIA+ community in the John Rylands Special Collections! It has been cross posted from the John Rylands Special Collection Blog post
The fallacy of diversity presentations.
This blog post examines my personal experiences of when non-marginalised groups discuss diversity in the GLAM sector. It will cover, why I feel these presentations are not for me, the emotional labour involved in conferences and ways to tackle these problems. My careers getting off to a good start, so I’ve been going to aContinue reading “The fallacy of diversity presentations.”
The birth of Empowered Collaboration!
Over the last year I have been conducting research into the ways to combat the lack of diversity in heritage institutions. In a series of blog posts I explored practical ways to challenge problematic labelling, highlight erased groups, and improve overall representation in exhibitions. I found, in all these instances, collaboration with under-represented groups is imperative. Collaboration resultedContinue reading “The birth of Empowered Collaboration!”