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Meeting #2: The Argonauts

‘You pass as a guy; I, as pregnant. Our waiter cheerfully tells us about his family, expresses delight in ours. On the surface, it may have seemed as though your body was becoming more and more “male”, mine, more and more “female”. But that’s not how it felt on the inside. On the inside, we were two human animals undergoing transformations beside each other, bearing each other loose witness. In other words, we were aging.’

For our second meeting of the Longform Society we’ll be looking at Maggie Nelson’s The Argonauts, an exhilarating, genre-defying work of feminism, queer theory and memoir. Strikingly original and immediately beloved, Nelson’s unique writing effortlessly moves between compelling literary criticism and memoir. Using selected extracts we’ll discuss her philosophical questions of queer family-making, art, literary history, sexual politics and more.

This event will be Auslan interpreted.


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Who?

Portrait of Sophie Cunningham

Sophie Cunningham

Sophie Cunningham is a former publisher and editor and the author of four books, including the acclaimed Melbourne. 

Portrait of Hannah McCann

Hannah McCann

Dr Hannah McCann is a lecturer in gender studies at the University of Melbourne. Her research explores feminine gender presentation as represented in feminist discourse and in queer femme LGBTQ communities, and she is currently working on a research monograph for Routledge, titled Queering Femininity: Sexuality, Feminism and the Politics of Presentation.

She has published in the Australian Humanities Review, Australian Feminist Studies, Women’s Studies Quarterly, and on the Conversation, writing on topics including postfeminism, affect theory and queer femininity.

In 2015 her comic explainers Judith Butler Explained with Cats and Foucault Explained with Hipsters were exhibited in the German Historical Museum show Homosexuality_ies in Berlin.

Portrait of Quinn Eades

Quinn Eades

Quinn Eades is a researcher, writer, and poet whose work lies at the nexus of feminist and queer theories of the body, autobiography, and philosophy. Eades is published nationally and internationally, and is the author of all the beginnings: a queer autobiography of the body, and Rallying.

Eades is a Lecturer in Interdisciplinary Studies at La Trobe University, as well as the founding editor of Australia's only interdisciplinary, peer reviewed, gender, sexuality and diversity studies journal, Writing from Below. He is currently working on a collection of fragments written from the transitioning body, titled Transpositions.

Portrait of Onyx Carmine, Sarah-Jane Norman

Onyx Carmine, Sarah-Jane Norman

Working under their legal name of Sarah-Jane Norman, Onyx Carmine has been hailed as one of the most challenging and rigorous Australian experimental artists of their generation. Over the course of their 13 year solo career, Onyx has created a diverse body of interdisciplinary work spanning durational, intimate and body-based performance, dance, installation, sculpture, text, sound and moving image.

Also an accomplished writer and editor, Onyx’s poetry, prose and ficto-critical work has seen publication in Meanjin, Overland, The Cultural Studies Review of Australia, Stylus and Realtime to name a few. They have placed in numerous awards including the Overland/Judith Wright Prize for Poetry and the The DJ (Dinny) O’Hearn Award. Their forthcoming short story collection is currently shortlisted for the inaugural Kill Your Darlings Unfinished Manuscript Award. They have also co-edited publications on Indigenous film are the co-editor and lead writer on a forthcoming publication on Indigenous Australian experimental art practice.

Born on Gadigal land of Wiradjuri, Wonnarua and Anglo-Celtic ancestry, Onyx has been based in Berlin since 2009. They currently divide their time between Berlin and un-ceded Wurundjeri land.

The Longform Society

Love longform? Join the club.

The Longform Society is a reading club for lovers of the essay form. It's new, it's nerdy, it's nourishment for your brain.

Before each meeting of the society, we’ll email members a collection of outstanding essays grouped around a thought-provoking issue. Our host, Sophie Cunningham, and a panel of three writers will rigorously examine the arguments put forward by each pieceand the philosophical, social, economic or political implications.

We’ll be live-streaming all meetings of Longform Society on this page – so you can indulge in longform, long distance. Are you in for the long haul?

Sign up for the Longform Society here. #longformsociety

To receive links to the reading list, and live stream reminders, subscribe to the Longform Society's emails below. (If you want to come along, you'll also need to book a ticket.)



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