Pride History Group: call for papers

18 November 2013

Australia’s Homosexual Histories Conference 2014
Friday 28th and Saturday 29th November 2014 (note: new dates)
University of Technology, Sydney

The Pride History Group , in conjunction with the Australian Centre for Public History, announces the latest in the annual conference series, ‘Australia’s Homosexual Histories’, and is seeking offers of papers.

The 2014 conference will mark the thirtieth anniversary of law reform decriminalising sex between adult males in New South Wales. In recognition of that significant anniversary, the conference will include a themed day that focuses on histories of Australian LGBTI law reform. We are particularly inviting proposals that examine the history of homosexual decriminalisation and/or LGBTI anti-discrimination legislation in Australia. Proposals on other aspects of legislation and public policy impacting on LGBTI lives will also be considered for the themed day.

For the second day of the conference, we are inviting proposals for papers in the broad field of sexuality and gender studies, with a primary focus on LGBTI life in Australia. Papers that take a historical perspective are particularly welcome, although sociological, discursive, legal, cultural and other approaches are also invited. The annual Homosexual Histories conference traditionally brings together a diverse range of academics, professional and independent scholars, students, activists and community organisers and we hope to see that diversity repeated in 2014.

Abstracts for papers should be approximately 100 words and must be received by 30 June 2014. Accepted papers must adhere to a twenty-minute time limit. Abstracts, questions and queries should be addressed initially to Robert French at

The Pride History Group is grateful to the Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives for the opportunity to present the 2014 Homosexual Histories conference. The conference has been made possible through the support of the Australian Centre for Public History at the University of Technology, Sydney.