Queer Legacies, New Solidarities

Deakin Downtown & The State Library of Victoria

21st of November - 24th of November

A conference presented by Deakin University's Gender and Sexuality Studies, the Australian Women’s and Gender Studies Association (AWGSA) , & the Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives (ALGA).

It has been over four decades since second-wave feminism and Gay Liberation. 2018 is the 40th anniversary of the Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives. In bringing together the Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives and the Australian Women’s and Gender Studies Association for the first time, this conference aims to reflect on collective histories and explore what kinds of solidarities can take us into the future. In the context of the marriage debate and its aftermath and renewed debates about patriarchy and misogyny, the activist and intellectual work of the 1970s is being revisited in a variety of ways. Similarly, activist campaigns across a range of issues including indigenous sovereignty, the detention of refugees, disability rights and cuts to welfare programmes have renewed a focus on practices of solidarity and coalitionist politics associated with the 1970s. As a conference that invites people who are both inside and outside of universities, it is an exciting opportunity to reflect on ways for doing work in sex, gender and sexuality across university and community settings. This conference invites presentations and panels on a wide variety of historical and contemporary topics related to sex, gender and sexuality, including work on masculinity and heterosexuality. In particular, we encourage feminist, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer work.

Queer Legacies, New Solidarities” is supported by Deakin Gender and Sexuality Studies and it brings together, for the first time, the Australian Women’s and Gender Studies Association & the Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives. It is the 18th conference in ALGA’s HomoHistories conference series and is the 2018 conference within AWGSA’s bi-annual national conference series. ALGA celebrates its 40th anniversary this year and the conference is part of its anniversary celebrations marking four decades of collecting and preserving Australian queer history.

Important dates:

Extended abstracts due date: Friday, the 20th of July 2018

Acceptance announced: 31st of July 2018

Conference dates: 22–24 November 2018

Queries & Proposals:


Ann Vickery (Deakin University)

Daniel Marshall (Deakin University)

Emma Whatman (Deakin University)

Background image in header: 'Adelaide Gay Pride Week' 1973. Jill Matthews photographic collection