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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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