Speaker spotlight: Graham Willett

Border-crossing: Big organisations and small, and how they can work together

“For 37 years now, the Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives (ALGA) has been engaged in collecting, preserving and celebrating Australia’s very queer history. It is a self-funded, volunteer-run, community-based organisation. I would like to draw upon ALGA’s experience of working with other kinds of organisations – in particular large, funded institutions. The relationship with such institutions has presented many challenges. Challenges from which we have learned a great deal. In particular, I would like to focus on one of our more successful collaborations – the ‘Digital Dilemmas’ project, in which academics from Monash University have been working with us to explore the relationship between new and emerging digital technologies and small community-based organisations such as ALGA. By recognising and meeting each other’s needs we have generated answers to long-standing questions regarding the possibility of an online catalogue and online exhibitions – and insights into how such organisations can work fruitfully together.”

GW - 2015 (2)Graham Willett

Graham Willett is a historian who has been researching and writing on Australian lesbian and gay (and more recently, queer) history since 1979. He is the author of Living Out Loud, a history of gay and lesbian activism in Australia, and many other articles. He is currently researching the international impact of the Wolfenden Report, and (with colleagues) an LGBTI history of the Australian Defence Force since 1945. He is President of the Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, having been involved since 1994.

Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives

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Since 1978, the Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives has been engaged in collecting, preserving and celebrating Australia’s very queer history. It is a self-funded, volunteer-run, community-based organisation. It aims to collect, preserve and celebrate lives and experiences of Australian lesbians and gay men, and those Australians who identify with the ever-increasing range of sexualities and gender and sex identities that have emerged since the establishment of the Archives in 1978, including trans, bisexual, intersex and queer people, sistergirls and brotherboys.

Website: www.alga.org.au

Graham will be speaking on day 3 of the conference

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