[csaa-forum] Indigenising Queer Theory — Deakin 'First Fridays’ Gender and Sexuality Studies Seminar Series on 6 July

Ben Hegarty b.hegarty at deakin.edu.au
Fri Jun 22 16:14:43 ACST 2018

A reminder about our next seminar which is happening in 2 weeks — please share widely!

Indigenising Queer Theory — Deakin University’s ‘First Fridays’ Gender and Sexuality seminar series

This seminar adapts a Q&A format to explore key questions about Queer Theory in the Australian context. What are the origins of Indigenous Queer Theory in Australia? Are we queering Indigenous Theory or indigenising Queer Theory? What can Queer Theory take form Indigenous Theory? And how does settler colonialism inform Queer Theory? Join a panel of four people who have been thinking and writing about these questions for an interesting and thought-provoking interactive discussion. Information about the speakers is below.


4pm on 6 July at Deakin Downtown<http://www.deakin.edu.au/locations/deakin-corporate-centres/deakin-downtown> (at 727 Collins St, near Southern Cross Station).


For further information about the series and to register see our blog<https://blogs.deakin.edu.au/gender-and-sexuality-studies-research-network/about-us/seminar-series/>.

The seminar series is free and open to all, although bookings are required. An afternoon tea is offered before the seminar from 3pm onwards, sponsored by Deakin University Equity and Diversity.

About the Speakers

Maddee Clark is a Yugambeh trans writer and educator living in Naarm. They are completing a PhD at the University of Melbourne in Indigenous futurisms.

Todd Fernando belongs to the Kalarie peoples of the Wiradjuri Nation, identifies as queer with pronouns he/him. Todd is a medical anthropologist who is currently completing his PhD with the Centre for Health Equity and the Melbourne Poche Centre through the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Melbourne. Todd's PhD research focuses on the intersections of health science and Indigenous sexuality. Todd is employed by the University as a sessional lecturer with an academic teaching and research interest in queer theory, health policy, racial literacy, whiteness studies, and global Indigenous politics. Todd is currently a board member for Hepatitis Victoria and a leading consultant across the public and private sectors.

Laniyuk Garcon Mills was born of a French mother and a Larrakia, Kungarrakan and Gurindji father. Her poetry and short memoir often reflects the intersectionality of her cross cultural and queer identity. She contributed to the 2015 book Colouring the Rainbow: Blak Queer and Trans Perspectives, and in 2017 she won the Indigenous residency for Canberra's Noted Writers Festival. In 2018 Overland awarded Laniyuk its Writers Residency and shortlisted her for the Nakata-Brophy poetry prize.

Dino Hodge – Konstantino Hadjikakou – is author/(co)editor of six books, three of which consider indigeneity and intersectionality across either health, education, queer studies or social justice. He is a co-founder of Darwin Pride Festival (1985), a life member of the Northern Territory AIDS Council, and an Honorary Senior Fellow with the Centre for Indigenous Studies at the University of Melbourne. In 2017 he received the Northern Territory Human Rights Award for Social Change.

The Gender and Sexuality Studies Research Network blog<https://blogs.deakin.edu.au/gender-and-sexuality-studies-research-network/> contains recordings of past seminars where available and information about future seminars, usually held on the first Friday of each month.

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