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Queer: Australia’s Homosexual Histories Conference 2017


Fri 10 Nov 2017, 8:15am–6:15pm
Sat 11 Nov 2017, 8:15am–5:15pm

Where: University of Adelaide, North Terrace, Adelaide CBD, South Australia

Restrictions: All Ages

Listed by: History SA

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.

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.