AQHC Conference

Australian Queer Histories Conference 2024

September 20/21, 2024 at the Victorian Pride Centre


We’re Back! Following the Covid break and smaller symposiums in 2022-2023, the Australian Queer Archives (AQuA) is pleased to announce that our previously-annual Australian Queer Histories Conference will return in 2024 and will be held in Melbourne at the Victorian Pride Centre on September 20 and 21.

We are seeking proposals relating to any aspect of Australian LGBTIQ+ histories. Offers are welcome from academics, emerging scholars, community historians and creative practitioners involved with LGBTIQ+ histories. These may be in the form of papers, panels, posters, or other non-traditional formats.

We endorse and aim to reflect the Archives’ commitment to diversity which seeks to celebrate the racial, ethnic, class, cultural, political and locational and the national distribution and international significance of Australia’s diverse sexuality, sex and gender communities.

AQuA aims to ensure that AQHC is a welcoming, inclusive, and safe space for all LGBTIQ+ community members and their allies, and as such is subject to our Code of Conduct.

Proposals should be no more than 150 words, plus the name and affiliation (if any) of the presenter. If you have a preferred day, please indicate this.

Proposals should be sent to by 1 July 2024. Questions can also be sent to the same email

Conference history

The annual AQHC Conference (previously AHH) shares, generates and celebrates Australian LGBTIQ+ histories. It is presented in different cities around Australia and is organised in conjunction with local partners.

The Conference brings together members of LGBTIQ+ communities and allies working within the broad field of sexuality and gender studies, including academics, independent professional scholars, researchers, community historians and students. Together, we generated pioneering and innovative work on the histories of LGBTIQ+ life, politics and culture in Australia.

The Conference was first established as The Australian Homosexual Histories Conference as part of our twentieth-anniversary celebrations in 1998.

Sixty people from across Australia came together to listen to around twenty papers covering everything from the legacy of gay liberation, nineteenth-century passing women, the Uniting Church, Mardi Gras, PFLAG, AIDS, lesbian feminist activism, media panics, the Australian pop charts, homosexual law reform and more!

You can download a list of AHH Conference papers from 1998 onwards and find a selection of papers in our collection.

You can read selected Conference papers published in Gay and Lesbian Perspectives – editions V, VI and VII are available from our web shop.

Find out more about the conferences below: