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Call for papers: The 17th Australia’s Homosexual Histories Conference


QUEER: The 17th Australia’s Homosexual Histories Conference

Adelaide University, 10 -11 November 2017

This annual conference brings together members of the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Intersex Queer+ communities, academics, researchers, students, community members and arts workers to explore and discuss histories of LGBTIQ+ life, politics, arts and culture in Australia.

The term ‘queer’ is commonly used in two ways.

Some people use queer as an umbrella term for LGBTI+ while others use it to refer to identities that can’t be contained by categories such as gay and lesbian. In both cases, queer is used as a noun that has been reclaimed from its former use as an abusive term.

Queer is also used as a verb: ‘to queer’. Queer/ing is a way of making ideas and ideals that are largely taken for granted, strange; of turning them on their heads, of undermining their authority.

So, for example, we could argue that male and female should be matters of self-determination rather than biology, or we could queer the idea of binary gender. Or we could argue for the right of queer people to marry, but we could also queer the institution of marriage.

We are seeking proposals for papers, workshops, panels, performances, films, and roundtable discussions that engage with the term queer in any of the ways described above.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

·         Queer lives then and now

·         Queer/ing – histories, identities, lifestyles, practices, places, politics, institutions, bodies, feelings,

·         The art of queer: music, performance, film, literature, fine arts, museums

·         Queer youth

·         Queer ageing

·         The trouble with queer – the pros and cons of the term and its uses

Please submit abstracts of no more than 300 words + a brief bio of no more than 150 words to no later than 13 August 2017

Australia’s Homosexual Histories Conferences are an initiative of the Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, and are convened by an independent Adelaide-based conference committee.

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Vale Dr Rodney Fisher 1942-2017

It is with deep sadness that the Professional Historians Association (Qld) – and Queensland’s broader history community – farewells Dr Rodney Fisher, who passed away in Brazil on 28 June 2017 following a short illness. Fisher is best known for his work in recording the architectural heritage and historic character of Brisbane. After moving to…
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Vale Dr Lorna McDonald OAM 1916-2017

[caption id="attachment_925" align="alignnone" width="800"] Dr Lorna McDonald OAM celebrating her 100th Birthday, 2016[/caption] The history community is saddened to learn of the passing of Dr Lorna McDonald OAM. Born in Portland, Victoria in 1916, McDonald moved to Rockhampton with her family in 1963. She studied externally via the University of Queensland, and in 1975 attained…
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2017 John Douglas Kerr Medal of Distinction: Emeritus Professor Geoffrey Blainey AC

At the Queensland Day Dinner on 6 June 2017, The Professional Historians Association of Queensland and the Royal Historical Society of Queensland presented the 2017 John Douglas Kerr Medal of Distinction to  Emeritus Professor Geoffrey Blainey AC, to acknowledge his excellence in historiography, historical research and writing. [caption id="attachment_910" align="alignnone" width="800"] The presentation of the 2017 John Douglas Kerr Medal of…
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New Text: Jewish life in Queensland: Celebrating 150 years since 1865

From a small collection of settler families in 1865, the Queensland Jewish community has grown over the past 150 years to more than 8000 people, stretching from Far North Queensland down to the New South Wales border and out to the remotest outback communities. Yet the history of Queensland’s Jewish community has until now been…
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Member’s Work: Wheller Gardens 80th anniversary permanent exhibition

Opened in 1936 by then-Governor Sir Lesley Orme Wilson, the Chermside Garden Settlement was a visionary project. Conceived by the Rev. Harold Manuel Wheller and largely funded by philanthropist George Marchant (of soft drink fame), the first 20 cottages and two central buildings offered home-like accommodation for the elderly. This was a 'dream' project for…
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Member’s Work: ANZAC Cottages in Queensland

As part of Brisbane City Council's support of the National Trust Heritage Festival, Council historians gave free talks in Council's central library. Fittingly, just before Anzac Day, PHA (Qld) member, Dr Carmel Black delivered a presentation on Anzac Cottages.   Anzac Cottages are the product of a voluntary scheme begun 100 years ago in 1917…
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Helping To Win a U.S. History Prize

Often members are curious about what came of small projects tendered through the PHA Employment Bulletin. In this short piece Jack Ford reports on one job he successfully completed for the client, albeit an unusual client.   On 27 March 2017, the PHA (Qld branch) forwarded a request for assistance from a New Orleans high…
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Griffith University’s Harry Gentle Resource Centre now open

PHA (Qld) was well represented at the launch of Griffith University’s Harry Gentle Resource Centre attended by many industry delegates on Friday 21 April. The Centre, focusing on Queensland history prior to 1859 arises from the bequest of its sole benefactor Harry Gentle, who obtained at BA from Griffith in 1984. The university’s Chancellor Henry Smerdon AM unveiled a plaque in honour of Harry Gentle, and Neil Gentle provided some insight into the life and career of his brother. The function concluded with a banquet of food that might have been available to Queenslanders in the 1850s: kangaroo, crocodile, emu, mutton, liver pate, devilled eggs, damper, home-made bread, bush berries, lemon myrtle, jelly, boiled lollies, and more delicacies than anyone managed to sample on a smorgasbord of historical allusions.

Harry Gentle Resource Centre 2017

Image: Unveiling the Harry Gentle commemorative plaque at the launch of the Harry Gentle Resource Centre, Griffith University, Friday 21 April 2017. Pictured: Henry Smerdon AM, Wendy McKay, Neil Gentle and Noeline Gentle.

The Centre’s Director Professor Regina Ganter announced that the inaugural Harry Gentle Honours Scholarship for 2017 had been awarded to Dean Kerrison, a recent Griffith BA graduate and university medallist, to write a creative non-fiction account of the encounter between an Indigenous diplomat and a German missionary in the Moreton Bay region from the 1840s to the 1860s.

PHA (Qld) President and HGRC Fellow Dr Jonathan Richards was first in line for a HGRC seminar series in conjunction with the Queensland State Archives from May to July this year. On 19 May Dr Jonathan Richards spoke about Native Police movements and activities in South-East Queensland. Dr Ray Kerkhove’s talk titled ‘Reconstructing Resistance: mapping frontier affrays’ will be held on 16 June 2017. On 14 July 2017 Dr Anastasia Dukova will speak on ‘Policing a Colonial Metropolis: from Moreton Bay to Brisbane’. For more information on the seminar series  talks contact the Queensland State Archives.

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Lebanese History Showcased around Brisbane

Throughout April, PHA (Qld) member Dr Anne Monsour presented a number of engaging programs across Brisbane highlighting several facets of Queensland’s Lebanese heritage. [caption id="attachment_995" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Miegunyah House Museum[/caption] On April 9, Miegunyah House Museum hosted Dr Monsour’s talk, “Not two steps behind but side by side’, which explored the experience of Lebanese and Syrian women…
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