The Australian Homosexual Histories Conference brings together members of the LGBTIQ communities, academics, professional and independent scholars, researchers and students within the broad field of sexuality and gender studies. The Conferences have generated some pioneering and innovative work on the histories of LGBTIQ life, politics and culture in Australia – with selected Conference papers published in the Gay and Lesbian Perspectives [https://alga.org.au/shop] series.
The Archives established the Conference as part of its twentieth anniversary celebrations in 1998, and as part of a growing determination to celebrate Australia’s very queer histories, not merely to collect and preserve it, drawing some sixty people from across Australia listening to some twenty papers – covering everything from 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!
Since then, it has grown with fits and starts to become a key annual event, organised in different cities around Australia, generating and celebrating Australian LGBTIQ histories.
A comprehensive listing of the papers presented at each conference is located at: https://alga.org.au/files/AHH-papers.pdf; only a selection of papers are held by the Archives.
- AHH 1, University of Melbourne, 1998
- AHH 2, University of Melbourne, 1999
- AHH 3, University of Melbourne, 2000
- AHH 4, University of Adelaide, 2001
- AHH 5, Newcastle, NSW, 2002
- AHH 6, University of Sydney, 2004
- AHH 7, University of Melbourne, 2005
- AHH 8, University of Melbourne, 2008
- AHH 9, University of Melbourne, 2009
- AHH 10, University of Technology, Sydney, 2010
- AHH 11, Griffith University, Brisbane, 2012
- AHH 12, ‘After Homosexual: The Legacies of Gay Liberation’, Victoria University, Melbourne (presented in conjunction with La Trobe University), 2013
- AHH 13, University of Melbourne, 2013
- AHH 14, University of Technology Sydney, 2014
- AHH 15, ‘From outlaws to in-laws’, University of South Australia, Adelaide, 2015
- AHH 16, La Trobe University, Melbourne, 25-26 November 2016
- AHH 17, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, 10-11 November 2017
- AHH 18, ‘Queer Legacies, New Solidarities’, Deakin University, Melbourne, 22-24 November 2018
- AHH 19, ‘Before Mardi Gras: Gay+ in the 1970s’, Australian National University, Canberra, 15-16 November 2019