Indigenising queer theory

Presenter/s: Deakin GSS ‘First Fridays’ seminar

Event type: Seminar

Event date: Friday, 6 July 2018 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Event venue: Deakin Downtown, 727 Collins Street, Level 12, Melbourne, VIC 3008

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.

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.

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