Talk and Tour: Queer Objects – Chris Brickell in Conversation with Will Hansen

What makes an object queer? Professor Chris Brickell and Will Hansen discuss Chris’ recent book Queer Objects, and the ways that objects represent LGBTQI+ histories and communities.

  • When | Āhea Sat 29 Feb 2020, 2.00pm–4.00pm
  • Where | Ki hea
    Meet at Hīnatore, Level 4
  • Cost | Te utu Free event

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

Two close-up portraits of Will and Chris


Will Hansen, left, and Chris Brickell. Photos courtesy of Will and Chris

About Chris

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.

About Will

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