Australia’s Homosexual Histories Conference 2013

library imageThe Australian Homosexual Histories Conference brings together members of the GLBTIQ community, academics, professional and independent scholars, researchers and students within the broad field of sexuality and gender studies. It has been running annually since about 2000 and has generated some pioneering and innovative work on the histories of GLBTIQ life, politics and culture in Australia. Some of that work has been published in the Gay and Lesbian Perspectives volumes.

In 2013 the Conference is being held at the 1888 Building, University of Melbourne, on 15–16 November.

The program includes more than 30 papers ranging across Australia’s very queer past – from the letters of a 19C sodomite, figures such as Alice Anderson, Donald Friend and John Bray, AIDS, law reform, websites and magazines, the gay life of communities such as Canberra and Elliott, homosexual Melbourne in the 1920s and the 1970s and much, much, much more.

We are pleased to announce that our keynote speakers will be Shane Carmody, formerly of the State Library of Victoria, now of Melbourne University; and Professor Raewyn Connell of the University of Sydney.

Registration is $80 ($40 low and unwaged) for the two days, which includes morning and afternoon teas on both days. (There is a daily rate as well ($50/$20). You can register online at:

For more information, please contact the organisers, Graham Willett ( or Yorick Smaal (

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