Australia's Homosexual Histories Conference

Final program now available!

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.

Adelaide is proud to be hosting this year’s conference and we look forward to welcoming presenters and attendees from Adelaide, across Australia, and internationally.

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Keynotes & Speakers

Quinn Eades

Keynote speaker

Quinn Eades is a researcher, writer, and award-winning poet whose work lies at the nexus of feminist, queer and trans theories of the body, autobiography, and philosophy. Eades is published nationally and internationally, and is author of all the beginnings: a queer autobiography of the body, published by Tantanoola, and Rallying, published by UWAP. Eades is a Lecturer in Interdisciplinary Studies at La Trobe University, as well as the founding editor of Australia's only interdisciplinary, peer reviewed, gender, sexuality and diversity studies journal, Writing from Below. He is currently working on a collection of fragments written from the transitioning body, titled Transpositions. [see more]

Tiffany Jones

Keynote speaker

Associate Professor Tiffany Jones (PhD) is an ARC DECRA Fellow and Principal Researcher at ARCSHS. Dr Jones lead or collaborated on many projects in LGBTI studies including From Blues to Rainbows (2014), E-males (2013), Writing in (2010), Policy and Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex Students (2009-2012), and others. She has authored or co-authored eight books and over 70 publications, including a range of reports to Governments, NGOs, and international bodies and so on. She has an award-winning track record in qualitative (textual analysis, discourse analysis, interviews) and quantitative (survey) work. She sits on UNESCO’s Global Network for Homophobic and Transphobic Bullying in Educational Institutions and Policy Working Group, the Victorian Government’s Intersex Expert Advisory Group, and other relevant groups facilitating this work. Her projects are funded by UNESCO, the ARC, beyondblue and many others. She has received several awards for her research including the Griffith University Medal, an Australian Women Educators’ Award, and an ATLAS International Institute for Qualitative Methodology Highly Commended Dissertation Award. [see more]

Raymond Zada

Raymond Zada is an Adelaide‐based emerging visual artist working primarily with photography, video, and digital design. He’s also an award‐winning radio broadcaster with 13 years’ experience in production, presentation, and technical operation. In Raymond won the Works on Paper category of the 29th Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award for his piece, racebook. An edition of 10, racebook has been acquired by several public galleries in Australia and overseas as well as private collections. In 2013, Raymond won the New Media category of the 30th Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Award for his piece, Sorry. Sorry examines the complexities of Australian history and the disconnect between language and reality. Born in Adelaide in 1971, Raymond grew up in Port Augusta and Marree, South Australia. He is Aboriginal with Afghan and Scottish heritage. [see more]

Registrations now open!

Registrations for delegates are now open.

2 Day early bird $130
2 Day registration $160
2 Day Concession early bird $75
2 Day Concession registration $85
1 Day early bird $75
1 Day registration $85
1 Day Concession early bird $45
1 Day Concession registration $55

ALGA members attract a 10% discount
Early bird registration period ends on Friday, 13th October 2017
Registration costs include morning and afternoon tea, and lunch

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What is Queer?

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.

‘You have some queer friends, Dorothy,’ she said.

‘The queerness doesn’t matter, so long as they’re friends,’ was the answer.

The Road to Oz (L. Frank Baum)

Key dates

Aug 13

Call for papers deadline

Abstracts and a brief bio submitted no later than Sunday, the 13th of August, 2017

Aug 31

Speakers announced

Selected speakers will be notified, and the list of speakers published to Facebook and this website.

Sep 8

Registrations open

More info on registration costs and inclusions below.

Nov 1

Program released

The full conference timetable will be available via the website and social media.

Associated events

AHHC isn’t the only thing on this November. Make sure to follow us on Facebook or Twitter to be find out about other events happening around town.

Understanding and creating strategies for LGBTIQ+ inclusion in the GLAM sector,  9 Nov 2017

This workshop develops practical strategies to increase LGBTIQ+ inclusion in museums and public cultural institutions. Find out more

Feast Festival, 11 – 26 Nov 2017

Adelaide Queer Arts and Cultural Festival. Find out more

Queering the Square, Sunday 12 November

The Ian Purcell Memorial Queer History Walk ‘Queering the Square’ with Dr Gertrude Glossip. See Feast program for details.

Info for delegates Coming soon

We’re excited to have you all coming to Adelaide in November, and want to help make sure your stay is as great as it can be.

Information for delegates will be added in the months leading up to the conference. To get your warmed up, here’s a few useful links;

This year’s conference is being held in the Napier Building, University of Adelaide. See below for location.

Final program now available

The 2017 program is now live. Download it below, and follow us on Facebook or Twitter for the latest information.

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Did you know?

  • South Australia was the first Australian state to decriminalise homosexual acts between men

  • 2017 will be the third time Adelaide has hosted Australia's Homosexual Histories Conference

  • Since 1997 Adelaide has been home to the Feast Festival, one of Australia's four major queer festivals

  • In 2017 same-sex couples welcomed the introduction of adoption equality in SA

  • Australia's Homosexual Histories Conference began in Melbourne in 1998


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