Join Dr Kerryn Drysdale and Dr Sophie Robinson for the second of two talks traversing the rise, decline and transformation of lesbian and queer social scenes. This talk will consider what led to the downfall of these sites, including theories of gentrification and a 'post-gay' era, as well as the productive role of trans and gender diversity within communities. Drysdale and Robinson will also discuss how legacies are carried over into new spaces, plus the role of memorial and preservation practices and the possibilities of alternative archiving strategies these conditions present.
Dr Kerryn Drysdale is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Social Research in Health, located within UNSW Arts and Social Sciences. Her disciplinary background is in gender studies, queer theory and cultural studies, with a particular focus on LGBTIQ social scenes, identities and practices. Kerryn's current area of research lies at the intersection of social inquiry and public health, particularly in the experiences and expressions of health and wellbeing among same-sex attracted and sex/gender diverse people, people who use drugs, and people living with or affected by HIV and/or viral hepatitis. Kerryn is also interested in community-led approaches to harm reduction, drug law reform and urban LGBTIQ night-time economies.
Dr Sophie Robinson is a historian of Australian lesbian and queer communities since the 1970s. She is the current Nancy Keesing Fellow at the State Library of NSW, undertaking research on Sydney's lesbian scene during the 1990s drawing on two key publications, Wicked Women and LOTL. She is also the Secretary of Sydney’s Pride History Group which aims to collect and preserve the oral histories of Sydney’s LGBTQI+ communities.
This conversation is part of ‘Forms of Being Together’, a series of online talks, performances and actions presented alongside the exhibition ‘Friendship as a Way of Life’ at UNSW Galleries.