Call for submissions for Homosexual Histories conference

Homosexual Histories Conference

The Australian Gay and Lesbian Archives (ALGA) invite academics, students, community historians and also activists to submit research papers for this year’s 16th annual Homosexual Histories Conference in Melbourne in November.

The conference is supported by ALGA and grants from La Trobe University. This year’s theme is “Beyond the Culture Wars: LGBTIQ History Now”. Organisers put a call out for papers, panels, workshops, posters and also roundtable discussions. They especially invite submissions that connect the histories of LGBTIQ lives and politics with the following themes:

  • Activism, social policy and community organisation
  • 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, ageing, and embodiment
  • Health,medicine, pathology and pleasure
  • Crime, law reform and policing
  • Archiving and collecting LGBTIQ histories

Interested parties should email a 200-word abstract to by July 31. However, for more details, contact ALGA here.  Further inquiries to La Trobe University’s Dr Timothy Jones at

The ALGA established the Homosexual Histories Conference in 1998 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their establishment in 1978.

Confirmed keynote speakers for this year’s conference include Russian/American journalist and LGBTIQ activist Masha Gessen. Feminist and queer theorist Professor Annamarie Jagose and sociologist and historian Professor Melissa Wilcox will also appear. Professor Wilcox is currently researching the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.

The conference will be held on November 25-26 at La Trobe University’s Franklin Street campus in Melbourne. For more information on the Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, visit their website.

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