Celebrating IDAHOBIT 2022

31 years ago – on May 17, 1990 – the World Health Organization removed homosexuality from the Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems.

This marks the inception of the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia & Transphobia (IDAHOBIT), celebrated on May 17. The day celebrates LGBTQIA+ people globally and raises awareness for the work still needed to combat discrimination. Below are a few statics highlighting why IDAHOBIT still remain a significant cause, to this day.

  • 75% of LGBTQIA+ youth experience some form of discrimination
  • 77% of Trans & Gender Diverse people report being discriminated against in the past 12 months
  • 35% of LGBTQIA+ Australians have experienced verbal abuse in the past 12 months
  • 33% of LGBTQIA+ people have experienced depression in the past 12 months compared to 6.2% of the general population having experienced depression in the past 12 months (source: IDAHOBIT.org.au, 2021)

Recognising discrimination is crucial, like homophobia, biphobia, interphobia, and transphobia can occur online, face to face and affect everyone. As sexuality, gender identity and intersex status are often not visible, therefore creating a culture where everyone can feel safe and thrive is even more important.

National Reconciliation Week 2022

National Reconciliation Week is the time when, as Australians, we learn about our shared history, cultures and achievements. A time to explore ways in which each of us could contribute toward reconciliation.

Every year the week between 27th May to 3rd June is celebrated as National Reconciliation Week, to recognise milestones in Indigenous Australian history such as the 1967 Referendum and the High Court Mabo decision.

To celebrate Reconciliation week this year the Library has compiled a reading list of items within the collection of Wingara Mura Resource Centre, to highlight the traditional cultural practices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples before first contact and colonisation. This topic has been selected to coincide with the exhibition of the Kamay Spears at the Chau Chak Wing Museum. The three spears taken by Lieutenant James Cook from Kamay (Botany Bay) in 1770 are on display for the first time in Sydney since they were taken more than 250 years ago.


About Wingara Mura Resource Centre

The Wingara Mura Resource Centre holds a comprehensive range of resources relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and affairs. It is a non-lending research only resource centre, open to University staff, students and to the public. Books and other resources held by the Resource Centre can be located through the University of Sydney Library Catalogue.

Location
Wingara Mura Resource Centre, Room No. N238 John Woolley Building (A20)
Science Road, University of Sydney

Hours:
Monday – Friday, 9.30am – 4.30pm

Contact:
Uma Ketheson | Tel: (02) 9351 7012
Email: wingaramura.reslib@sydney.edu.au

The below books will be on display at the Wingara Mura Resource Centre during Reconciliation week.

Drop into the Resource Centre between 2pm -4pm during the reconciliation week to have a tour of the library and to look at other valuable and interesting resources relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.


Dharawal: The First Contact People

Author: Bruce Watt

250 years ago the first encounter between British and Aboriginal people on the east coast of Australia occurred at Botany in 1770. For the British, it heralded the beginning of endless possibilities for the Empire. For Aboriginal people, it marked the beginning of the decimation of a culture that was thousands of years old. The traditional country of these people, the Dharawal, were the coastal lands from Botany Bay to the Shoalhaven district and some distance inland. Traditional pre-contact culture and practices are outlined and these can be compared with later post-contact periods to illustrate the cumulative impacts of white contact over time.

This is a local story with national and international significance. Dharawal history and experiences in some ways provide a metaphor or parallel for all Aboriginal people across the continent and a yardstick by which to measure the clash of cultures. Though effectively decimated as a fully functioning tribal group by the 1840s, their descendants continue to live in the community and keep traditions alive. This is an account of their journey from the Dreaming to the first encounter and through to today. In some respects, it is a difficult story but it needs to be told. What’s done is done. This is our shared history. Knowing it and understanding it is a pathway to a better future

Find this title in our catalogue here.


Dharawal: The Story of the Dharawal Speaking People of Southern Sydney

Author: Les Bursil & Mary Jacobs

The social life, history, culture and customs of the Dharawal People of southern Sydney; includes Dharawal word lists and translation of the Australian National Anthem.

A collaborative work by Les Bursill, Mary Jacobs, artist Deborah Lennis, Dharawal Elder Aunty Beryl Timbery-Beller and Dharawal spokesperson Merv Ryan.

Find this title in our catalogue here.


Botany Bay: Where Histories Meet

Author: Maria Nugent

Botany Bay is renowned as the site of Captain Cook’s first landing on the east coast of New Holland in 1770, infamous as the place chosen by the British as a dumping ground for convicts and celebrated as the birthplace of Australia. Drawing on stories, objects, images, memories, and the landscape itself, this work presents Botany Bay in all of its complex significance while investigating the roles that Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal histories play in creating and sustaining local and national communities.

Maria Nugent is Fellow in the Australian Centre for Indigenous History in the School of History at ANU. She is the author or editor of five books on cross-cultural history in Australia and has published widely in Indigenous Australian history and memory studies.

About the author: Maria Nugent is Fellow in the Australian Centre for Indigenous History in the School of History at ANU. She is the author or editor of five books on cross-cultural history in Australia and has published widely in Indigenous Australian history and memory studies.

Find this title in our catalogue here.


East Coast Encounters 1770:
Reflections On a Cultural Clash

Author: Pauline Curby

Examines the first recorded contact between the Aboriginal people of Kamay Botany Bay and Europeans. The ten articles in this publication explore an eclectic selection of themes, ranging from Cook’s early life, the botanical collecting of Joseph Banks and Daniel Solander to the ‘view from the shore’ as Aboriginal contributors consider the impact of James Cook’s eighty-day visit to Kurnell in 1770. In the final article, we are transported to north Queensland to consider the interactions of the Endeavour crew with the Guugu Yimithirr people.

Find this title in our catalogue here.


Rivers and Resilience: Aboriginal People on Sydney’s Georges River

Author: Heather Goodall and Allison Cadzow

Rivers and Resilience trace the history of Aboriginal people along Sydney’s Georges River from the early periods of British and Irish settlement to the present. It offers a dramatically new approach to Aboriginal history in an urban setting in Australia. Leading historians investigate the continuities and changes experienced by Aboriginal communities in this densely settled suburban area where the continued presence of Aboriginal people, including traditional owners, is largely – and wrongly – ignored.

About the authors: Heather Goodall is an Australian academic and historian. Her research and writing focus is on Indigenous and environmental history and intercolonial networks. Dr Allison Cadzow research interests include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s military service especially community perspectives, women’s participation and issues of recognition; environmental and city histories in relation to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and women’s expedition accounts and cross-cultural histories.

Find this title in our catalogue here.


The Sydney Wars: Conflict in the Early Colony 1788-1817

Author: Stephen Gapps

Winner of the Les Carolyn Literary Prize 2020

The Sydney Wars tells the history of military engagements between Europeans and Aboriginal Australians–described as “this constant sort of war” by one early colonist–around the greater Sydney region. Telling the story of the first years of colonial Sydney in a new and original way, this provocative book is the first detailed account of the warfare that occurred across the Sydney region from the arrival of a British expedition in 1788 to the last recorded conflict in the area in 1817.

Analysing the paramilitary roles of settlers and convicts and the militia defensive systems that were deployed, it shows that white settlers lived in fear, while Indigenous people fought back as their land and resources were taken away.

About the author: Dr Stephen Gapps is a Sydney-based historian with research interests in public history and early colonial Sydney. He has written extensively on historical re-enactments, military history and the commemoration of the past. In 2011 he won a NSW Premier’s History Award for Cabrogal to Fairfield: A history of a multicultural community. Stephen is currently a curator at the Australian National Maritime Museum. In 2017 he was awarded the NSW State Library Merewether Fellowship.

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The Aborigines of the Sydney District before 1788

Author: Peter Turbet

Sydney is a young city, but the ground on which it is built and the harbour it surrounds have played host to a people and culture as ancient as any in the world. The Aborigines of the Sydney District before 1788 are the essential guide to the lives and culture of the first Sydneysiders.

Revealed in these pages are glimpses of the daily life of the Aborigines, their languages, weapons, tools and food resources, before European encroachment had taken its toll. The songs stories and rock art of the Sydney people are brought to life, and their span of occupation, population and social organisation is discussed including marriage and family, religion initiation and more.  The author makes careful use of the diaries and journals of the early settlers, together with more recent archaeological and anthropological research to bring a complex culture vividly back to life.

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Saltwater People of the Fatal Shore: Sydney’s Southern Beaches

Author: John Ogden

Awarded the 2013 Biennial Frank Broeze Maritime History Book Prize sponsored jointly by the Australian Association for Maritime History (AAMH) and the Australian National Maritime Museum (ANMM). 

This book pays homage to those remarkable people who have made this coastline home.  When asked, very few people living in Sydney know about the Aborigine people who lived along

the coast for tens of thousands of years before the coming of the Europeans. There are also many misconceptions about the culture of the first people. One common belief is that they were all somehow frightened of the ocean, but this is far from the truth. The Aborigine clans along Sydney’s beaches were true saltwater people, at home not only in the sparkling estuaries and rivers but also in the ocean waves. Theirs was a canoe culture. They fished with spears, or lines and hooks, and were accomplished swimmers completely at home in the surf. This part of our history has remained largely hidden, and it is important to reveal here the influence of our Aboriginal heritage not only on the people of Sydney, but also on our national psyche. If we had listened, the Saltwater People would have also taught us much about protecting the coast and its valuable resources.

About the author: John Ogden, also known as Oggy, was born in South Australia of Anglo-Irish descent, and may also have some Palawa heritage. An Australian photographercinematographer, writer and publisher. He has worked all over the world, his projects spanning diverse cultures and nations including SE Asia, Sri Lanka, China, Japan, Europe, South America, the USA, and Indigenous Australia.

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What the Colonists Never Knew : a History of Aboriginal Sydney

Author: Dennis Foley & Peter Read 
Forward: Bruce Pascoe 

What the Colonists Never Knew paints a vivid picture of what it was like to grow up Aboriginal in Sydney, alongside the colonists, from 1788 to the present. Peter Read’s exploration of the history of Aboriginal Sydney is interwoven with Dennis Foley’s memories of his own Gai-mariagal country, taking readers on a journey through the region’s past. This book offers an honest account of the disappointment, pain and terror experienced by Sydney’s First Peoples, and celebrates the survival of their spirit and their culture.

About the authors: Denis Foley- a Gai-mariagal man from northern Sydney, has a distinguished career as an educator, researcher and author, particularly in the areas of Indigenous culture, enterprise and entrepreneurship.

Professor Peter Read – lectured for over 30 years in Aboriginal History. Professor Read first coined the term, ‘The Stolen Generation’. In 1980, he co-founded Link-Up, a service that traces and reunites Indigenous families separated by past government policies

Find this title in our catalogue here.


Sydney Cove 1788: First Year of the Settlement of Australia

Author: John Cobley 

This astonishing scholarly book is a first-hand record of how the people in the colony of NSW lived from day to day during the first years of settlement it has been compiled entirely from contemporary sources- ships’s logs, diaries and journals.

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Nanbaree

Author: Isobel

An account of a six-year-old aboriginal boy who became a key figure in the life of the early colony of New South Wales, Australia. Nanbaree was a 6-year-old child when he watched the First Fleet sail into Sydney Harbour. When Surgeon White adopted him, he translated for Governor Philip and lived with Thomas Watling, the artist, who documented White’s collection of animal and plant specimens. The British Museum of Natural History allowed the author of this children’s book to reproduce works from this Watling Collection.

Find this title in our catalogue here.

Raising My Voice: Exploring and Discussing the Power of AI-Assisted technology

To celebrate Global Accessibility Awareness Day, the Library is presenting an online panel event discussing how the latest in cutting-edge AI-assisted technology is being used in teaching.

Date: Thursday 19 May 2022
Time: 10-11am

Thursday, 19 May 2022 is the 11th Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD). The purpose of the day is to get everyone talking, thinking and learning about digital access and inclusion.  

Access, inclusion and diversity are core values of the University of Sydney Library, and we’re pleased to be presenting a panel event to showcase the development and application of a pioneering voice avatar and how is it being used in classrooms. The event will feature the experiences of Associate Professor Anna Boucher and how she sourced and implemented this AI-assisted technology in her teaching.   Hosted by Professor Adam Bridgeman, Interim Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education, the panel will also share the experiences of other lecturers and discuss accessibility driven innovations and how they will benefit both staff and students with different needs.

Please register for the event via the link below. The event will be a Zoom webinar and live captioning. For any questions or accessibility assistance for this event, please email admin.library@sydney.edu.au.


Panel speakers and topics

Panel Host: Professor Adam Bridgeman | Interim Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education

Professor Adam Bridgeman has dedicated his career to enhancing student learning and the student experience and has led the University to implement a range of digital tools and innovations to make classrooms more accessible and inclusive.  As panel host, Adam will share his long experience with digital accessibility, knowledge of recent developments and consider what the future focus should be to expand our digital accessibility.

Associate Professor Anna Boucher | Associate Professor in Public Policy and Comparative Politics

Associate Professor Anna Boucher lives with a voice disability that can make it hard to lecture for long periods of time. She has spent many years looking for creative solutions and new technologies to manage the pain and continues to lecture on politics. Anna now works with a voice avatar and will discuss how accessibility is driving innovation, the challenges of finding the right technology, and how staff and students can benefit from other similar technologies. Although making new things possible and breaking down some barriers, technology is only part of the solution and is most effective with other supports.

Jason Markou | Digital Accessibility Lead, Information Communication and Technology 

Jason will talk about how he supported Anna in finding and setting up the avatar, liaising with the company that created the software and what it takes to build and implement this kind of technology.

Dr Emma Carberry | Lecturer, School of Mathematics and Physics

Dr Emma Carberry has over 20 years of experience using assistive technology in her teaching. Emma will share her experiences of the challenges and advantages of doing things differently, and explore how technology has been crucial, but is only successful alongside an openness to new ways and appropriate support.

Dr Alix Thoeming | Lecturer, Education Innovation

Alix will discuss the wider implications and possibilities for Anna’s avatar and offer suggestions for anyone looking to implement similarly innovative technology in their teaching practice.

Alumni & Community Members Welcome Event

The University of Sydney Library is opening its spaces to its broader community, with a special Alumni & Community Member Welcome Event.

To acknowledge the ongoing support for our Alumni and Community Members during the unprecedented time of Covid-19, we are showing our appreciation by hosting this event to welcome back everyone to our spaces. We want to thank our members for their patience, understanding and the important role they play in our community.

While this event is to show appreciation for our Alumni and Community Members, it is also an open event for the broader library community to participate.

The event will feature:

  • An address from the University Librarian,
    Philip Kent
  • Coffee, croissants and light refreshments
  • Guided Library tours 
  • Pop Up TechSpace: showcasing exciting educational technologies
  • Special giveaways including limited edition Library bags

Date: Thursday, 28 April 2022
Time: 4.30 – 6.30pm
Venue: Exhibition Room, Level 2 of Fisher Library

To register for the event, please click on the button below. For any questions regarding this event, please email us admin.library@sydney.edu.au. We look forward to seeing you there.

International Transgender Day of Visibility, 31 March 2022

On 31 March celebrate with gender diverse people across Australia by sharing stories, starting conversations and showing support.

Transgender Day of Visibility is an annual event that is marked all around Australia and the world. It is a celebration of trans pride and diverse identity. The day is about raising awareness and the visibility of the trans community, and recognising the achievements and lived experiences of trans and gender diverse people. This visibility is important because many gender diverse people experience isolation through lack of representation and role models.

Here are some awesome resources that are helpful for becoming an informed ally:

To celebrate Transgender Day of Visibility 2022, the Library has compiled a reading list of items within the collection that highlight the stories and experiences of gender diverse people. These items can also be found in a book display in the foyer of Fisher Library.


Permafrost

Author: S. J Norman

This brilliant collection of short fiction explores the shifting spaces of desire, loss and longing. Inverting and queering the gothic and romantic traditions, each story represents a different take on the concept of a haunting or the haunted. Though it ranges across themes and locations – from small-town Australia to Hokkaido to rural England – Permafrost is united by the power of the narratorial voice, with its auto-fictional resonances, dark wit and swagger.

Whether recounting the confusion of a child trying to decipher their father and stepmother’s new relationship, the surrealness of an after-hours tour of Auschwitz, or a journey to wintry Japan to reconnect with a former lover, Permafrost unsettles, transports and impresses in equal measure.

Find this title in our catalogue here.


Assuming a body : transgender and rhetorics of materiality

Author: Gayle Salamon

We believe we know our bodies intimately that their material reality is certain and that this certainty leads to an epistemological truth about sex, gender, and identity. By exploring and giving equal weight to transgendered subjectivities, however, Gayle Salamon upends these certainties.

Considering questions of transgendered embodiment via phenomenology (Maurice Merleau-Ponty), psychoanalysis (Sigmund Freud and Paul Ferdinand Schilder), and queer theory, Salamon advances an alternative theory of normative and non-normative gender, proving the value and vitality of trans experience for thinking about embodiment. Salamon questions traditional theories that explain how the body comes to be and comes to be made one’s own and she offers a new framework for thinking about what “counts” as a body. The result is a groundbreaking investigation into the phenomenological life of gender.

Find this title in our catalogue here.


Redefining Realness: my path to womanhood, identity, love & so much more

Author: Janet Mock

In a landmark book, an extraordinary young woman recounts her coming-of-age as a transgender teen–a deeply personal and empowering portrait of self-revelation, adversity, and heroism. In 2011, Marie Claire magazine published a profile of Janet Mock in which she publicly stepped forward for the first time as a trans woman.

Since then, Mock has gone from covering the red carpet for People.com to advocating for all those who live within the shadows of society. Redefining Realness offers a bold new perspective on being young, multiracial, economically challenged, and transgender in America.

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Trans : A Quick and Quirky Account of Gender Variability

Author: Jack Halberstam

In the last decade, public discussions of transgender issues have increased exponentially. However, with this increased visibility has come not just power, but regulation, both in favor of and against trans people. What was once regarded as an unusual or even unfortunate disorder has become an accepted articulation of gendered embodiment as well as a new site for political activism and political recognition.

What happened in the last few decades to prompt such an extensive rethinking of our understanding of gendered embodiment? How did a stigmatized identity become so central to U.S. and European articulations of self? And how have people responded to the new definitions and understanding of sex and the gendered body? In Trans*, Jack Halberstam explores these recent shifts in the meaning of the gendered body and representation and explores the possibilities of a nongendered, gender-optional, or gender-queer future.

Find this title in our catalogue here.


Dear Senthuran: a Black spirit memoir

Author: Akwake Emezi

A full-throated and provocative memoir in letters from the New York Times-bestselling author of The Death of Vivek Oji, “a dazzling literary talent whose works cut to the quick of the spiritual self” (Esquire). “I want to write as if I am free,” Akwaeke Emezi declares in the opening of this utterly original spiritual and creative memoir. In the novels Freshwater and The Death of Vivek Oji, Emezi introduced the landscape of Nigerian childhood through the medium of fiction.

Now, the award-winning author lifts the veil of the invention to reveal the harrowing yet inspiring truths of their personal, spiritual, and artistic journey–from the social constraints of childhood in Aba, Nigeria, through a lifetime of discoveries involving sexuality, storytelling, and self, to their determination to carve their way through the thorny labyrinth of the publishing world. Interweaving candid, intimate letters to friends, lovers, and family, Emezi reveals the raw pain of their journey as a spirit in the human world, the perils of all-consuming love and intimacy, and the hard-earned reward of achieving both literary recognition and peaceful, joyous home.

Find this title in our catalogue here.


Testo junkie : sex, drugs, and biopolitics in the pharmacopornographic era

Author: Paul Precardio

Preciado declares that Testo Junkie is a “body-essay “, and writes of his use of testosterone as a way of undoing gender inscribed on the body by the capitalistic comodification and mobilization of sexuality and reproduction, a process transcendent from the social norm expected with transitioning.

Testo Junkie is a homage to French writer Guillame Dustan, a close gay friend of Preciado’s who contracted AIDS and died of an accidental overdose of a medication he was taking. In the book, Preciado also processes the changes in his body due to testosterone through the lens of a romantic affair with his then-lover, French writer Virginie Despentes.

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Detransition, Baby

Author: Torrey Peters

Reese almost had it all: a loving relationship with Amy, an apartment in New York City, a job she didn’t hate. She had scraped together what previous generations of trans women could only dream of: a life of mundane, bourgeois comforts. The only thing missing was a child. But then her girlfriend, Amy, detransitioned and became Ames, and everything fell apart. Now Reese is caught in a self-destructive pattern: avoiding her loneliness by sleeping with married men.

Ames isn’t happy either. He thought detransitioning to live as a man would make life easier, but that decision cost him his relationship with Reese – and losing her meant losing his only family. Even though their romance is over, he longs to find a way back to her. When Ames’s boss and lover, Katrina, reveals that she’s pregnant with his baby – and that she’s not sure whether she wants to keep it – Ames wonders if this is the chance he’s been waiting for. Could the three of them form some kind of unconventional family – and raise the baby together?

Find this title in our catalogue here.


A natural history of transition: Stories

Author: Callum Angus

A NATURAL HISTORY OF TRANSITION is a collection of short stories that disrupts the notion that trans people can only have one transformation. Like the landscape studied over eons, change does not have an expiration date for these trans characters, who grow as tall as buildings, turn into mountains, unravel hometown mysteries, and give birth to cocoons.

Portland-based author Callum Angus infuses his work with a mix of alternative history, horror, and a reality heavily dosed with magic.

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Supporting transgender students: Understanding gender identity and reshaping school culture

Author: Alex Myers

Supporting Transgender Students is a guide to help schools learn the basics of what gender is and why it matters in education. Drawing on the author’s 25 years of experience working with schools and transgender students, this book considers how transgender and gender non-conforming youth experience the classroom, the playing field, and other school contexts.

Supporting Transgender Students provides a clear roadmap and practical examples for how to take action in your school to effect change and create a gender-inclusive community

Find this title in our catalogue here.


Transgender resistance: socialism and the fight for trans liberation

Author: Laura Miles

Trans rights and trans lives have come under increasingly vicious ideological attack in recent times, from the ‘bathroom wars’ and Donald Trump’s anti-trans edicts in the United States, to attacks on proposed changes to the Gender Recognition Act in Britain. Laura Miles’ book brings together key strands in the resistance to these attacks on the streets, in communities, in workplaces and in unions.

It addresses the roots of transphobia and the history of gender transgressive behaviours, highlights trans people’s fight for the freedom to live authentic lives and explains why that fight deserves unconditional solidarity in all sections of the left.

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Too bright to see

Author: Kyle Lukoff

It’s the summer before middle school and eleven-year-old Bug’s best friend Moira has decided the two of them need to use the next few months to prepare. For Moira, this means figuring out the right clothes to wear, learning how to put on makeup, and deciding which boys are cuter in their yearbook photos than in real life. But none of this is all that appealing to Bug, who doesn’t particularly want to spend more time trying to understand how to be a girl.

Besides, there’s something more important to worry about: a ghost is haunting Bug’s eerie old house in rural Vermont…and maybe haunting Bug in particular. As Bug begins to untangle the mystery of who this ghost is and what they’re trying to say, an altogether different truth comes to light–Bug is transgender.

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The transgender issue: An argument for justice

Author: Shon Faye

Trans people in Britain today have become a culture war ‘issue’. Despite making up less than one per cent of the country’s population, they are the subjects of a toxic and increasingly polarized ‘debate’ which generates reliable controversy for newspapers and talk shows. This media frenzy conceals a simple fact: that we are having the wrong conversation, a conversation in which trans people themselves are reduced to a talking point and denied a meaningful voice.

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Growing up queer in Australia

Author: Benjamin Law

Compiled by celebrated author and journalist Benjamin Law, Growing Up Queer in Australia assembles voices from across the spectrum of LGBTIQA+ identity. Spanning diverse places, eras, genders, ethnicities and experiences, these are the stories of growing up queer in Australia.

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Trans love: an anthology of transgender and non-binary voices

Author: Freiya Benson

A ground-breaking anthology of writing on the topic of love, written by trans and non-binary people who share their thoughts, feelings and experiences of love in all its guises. The collection spans familial, romantic, spiritual and self-love as well as friendships and ally love, to provide a broad and honest understanding of how trans people navigate love and relationships, and what love means to them.

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Everything you ever wanted to know about trans (but were afraid to ask)

Author: Brynne Tannehill

Leading activist and essayist Brynn Tannehill tells you everything you ever wanted to know about transgender issues but were afraid to ask. The book aims to break down deeply held misconceptions about trans people across all aspects of life, from politics, law and culture, to science, religion and mental health, to provide readers with a deeper understanding of what it means to be trans.

Find this title in our catalogue here.


Ripple Effect Band: Music from the Top End

On stage at Darwin Festival with Dr. Shellie Morris, August 2020. Photo Credit: Benjamin Warlngundu Ellis

29 March –29 May 2020 | Conservatorium of Music Library 

Be inspired by the music of the Indigenous all-women rock band
Ripple Effect from West Arnhem community.

Join us to explore the research of PhD Candidate, Jodie Kell and the role of women in music-making and the dynamics of gender in music performance. The Ripple Effect Band is an all-woman band from Maningrida, Arnhem Land, Northern Territory. The exhibition documents their musical journey from their album recording at the Conservatorium in 2018, and how this relates to Jodie’s PhD research and thesis: Ngarra-ngúddjeya Ngúrra-mala: Expressions of Identity in the Songs of the Ripple Effect Band. Through photographs, scores, videos including a performance with the Darwin Symphony Orchestra and more, you are sure to be inspired by the diversity of their new musical works.

Performing at the Maningrida AFL Grand Final in 2019. Original band members L-R:
Tara Rostron, Jolene Lawrence, Rona Lawrence, Stephanie James (drums), Rachel Thomas,
Marita Wilton, Jodie Kell. Photo Credit: Tanja Bruckner

Whether you’re a researcher in music, language, Indigenous studies and gender studies or just enjoy Australian music, we look forward to seeing you at the exhibition. You are invited to join the conversation about Jodie’s research on Twitter.

Image above: Performing at the Maningrida AFL Grand Final in 2019. Original band members L-R: Tara Rostron, Jolene Lawrence, Rona Lawrence, Stephanie James (drums), Rachel Thomas, Marita Wilton, Jodie Kell. Photo Credit: Tanja Bruckner

Visit the Ripple Effect Band’s website and explore all their fascinating music and media!


Ripple Effect Media

Live Performance at Alice Springs Bush band 2018
Education resource for young children – Nabárrdja (The Little Crab) 

‘Ripple Effect’ – Event launch

The exhibition will have a launch on Tuesday, 19 April 2022 at 3pm, as part of the SCM Research Day.
A performance will be held by band members, Jodie Kell and Tara Rostron.

Light refreshments will be provided for in-person attendance; for catering purposes, in-person attendees must register by Friday, 8 April 2022.

Please register through Eventbrite via the link below.