After the discussion, we’ll visit some of the ‘queer objects’ held in Te Papa’s diverse collections, with specialised input from members of Te Papa’s curatorial staff.
This event is delivered as part of the Wellington Pride Festival Tū Whakahīhī e Te Whanganui-ā-Tara.
Please note: this talk will travel around the museum – please let us know if you have any accessibility requirements via email@example.com.
Chris Brickell (he/him) is Professor of Gender Studies at Otago University. He is author of Mates and Lovers: A History of Gay New Zealand and several other books, and co-editor of Queer Objects.
Will Hansen (he/him) is a Masters student exploring the histories of trans communities in Aotearoa, a trustee of Te Pūranga Takatāpui o Aotearoa/the Lesbian and Gay Archives of New Zealand, and was project co-ordinator of Te Papa’s Trans Past, Trans Present: Making Trans Histories Programme in 2019.
“Queer lives give rise to a vast array of objects: the things we fill our houses with, the gifts we share with our friends, the commodities we consume at work and at play, the clothes and accessories we wear, various reminders of state power, as well as the analogue and digital technologies we use to communicate with one another. But what makes an object queer?”
– An excerpt from Queer Objects, edited by Chris Brickell and Judith Collard