Before Mardi Gras: Gay+ in the 1970s, 2019 ALGA History Conference CFP

15-16 November 2019, ANU

The Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives has announced that their next history conference will be held in Canberra in November 2019, supported by the ACT Government Office for LGBTIQ Affairs and the ANU School of History. This year’s conference takes place shortly after the 50th anniversary of the formation of the Homosexual Law Reform Society of the ACT, the first organisation to campaign for homosexual rights in Australia. 2019-2020 also sees the anniversaries of the Daughters of Bilitis/Australasian Lesbian Movement (Melbourne, January 1970) and the Campaign Against Moral Persecution (Sydney, mid-1970). Convenors are now seeking offers of papers in the broad field of the history of sexuality, sex and gender with a focus on LGBTIQ+ life in Australia. Papers that take a historical perspective are particularly welcome, although sociological, discursive, legal, cultural and other approaches are invited. In recognition of these significant anniversaries, the conference is keen to receive offers relating to gay+ life, politics and culture in Australia in the decade before Mardi Gras. But are open to offers on any aspect of Australia’s rich history of sexuality, sex and gender experience.

Proposals due 15 August 2019

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