Beyond the Culture Wars: LGBTIQ History Now - The 16th AHH Conference
Contemporary sexual politics is being dominated again by the polarizing dynamic of culture wars. This 2-day conference reflects on the experiences of LGBTIQ people living in and beyond the culture wars. As Janice Irvine has argued, culture war encounters are productive events – shaping their protagonists as much as they shape the sexual politics of the time. What can we learn from past episodes of culture wars on gay liberation, law reform, public health and education? Are there dangers in engaging in culture wars? How can we live well when our terms of existence are being questioned? How can we move beyond engagements that amplify anti-LGBTIQ voices?
Beyond the Culture Wars brings together academics, students, community historians and activists to reflect on and discuss these questions. Papers, panels, workshops, posters and roundtableswill be presented that connect the histories of LGBTIQ lives and politics with the following themes:
• Activism, social policy and community organization
• Race, Aboriginality, migration, whiteness
• Religion, culture and identity
• Comparative and international LGBTIQ culture wars
• Childhood, education
• Trans, non-binary and intersex histories
• Feminist and lesbian spaces
• Media, film, documentary and art
• Sport, aging, and embodiment
• Health, medicine, pathology and pleasure
• Crime, law reform and policing
• Archiving and collecting LGBTIQ histories
Confirmed keynote speakers include Queer theorist Professor Annamarie Jagose (Sydney), and sociologist and historian Professor
Melissa Wilcox (Whitman College, USA), who is currently researching the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.
Registration includes morning and afternoon tea.
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