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Queering the Archives


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What do we know about queer lives and stories from the past? In November, we’ll delve into LGBTIQA+ histories with a special live recording of the Archive Fever podcast.

Archive Fever is an Australian history podcast of conversation with writers, artists, curators and historians about the possibilities and limitations of archival records. At this event, hosts Clare Wright and Yves Rees will be joined by historian Noah Riseman and trans scholar and activist Julie Peters to discuss the absence of queer people, especially trans and gender diverse people, from conventional records and historical data. 

Where else might we go to locate a trans or non-binary lineage? What records may LGBTIQA+ elders and predecessors have kept, and how we can recover and integrate queer figures and stories into our broader understanding of Australian history? Join us as we discuss how to set the record queer.


Noah Riseman

Noah Riseman is an Associate Professor in History at the Australian Catholic University. He is the author of Serving in Silence? Australian LGBT Servicemen and Women (2018) and is the Chief Investigator on the Australian Research Council-funded project ‘Transgender Australians: The History of ... Read more

Julie Peters

Julie Peters is still naïve enough to believe the world can be a better place and has been activist in trying to make it happen as a performer, writer, parliamentary candidate, practical environmentalist, media professional and doctoral researcher (sociology/public health of gender/transgender).  ... Read more

Yves Rees

Dr Yves Rees (they/them) is a writer and historian living on unceded Wurundjeri land. At present, Yves is a lecturer in history at La Trobe University and co-host of the history podcast Archive Fever. Their memoir All About Yves: Notes from a Transition is out in September 2021 with Allen & Unwi... Read more

Clare Wright

‘I am a feminist therefore I commit feminist acts. I’m not going to undermine the political importance of what I do.’ La Trobe University historian Professor Clare Wright has worked as an author, academic, political speechwriter, historical consultant, and radio and TV broadcaster. Her latest... Read more


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