cardiParty 2020.3 Melbourne

Queering the GLAM sector – teach in

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Is your Knowledge Industry in Need of Queering (KINQ)? Have you done something to help make your spaces, collections, and/or services more LGBTIQ+ inclusive recently? Wondering how you would say no if a trans exclusionary radical feminist (TERF) group requested to use a meeting room at your library? Or maybe you want to put on some queer glasses and take a look around your GLAM and see what’s missing?

It would, in my view, be a wonderful day when museums and queer communities could collaborate to combine their unique strengths, requiring museums to take more cues from communities. The case of the Olver panel, however, showed that the duty of care of museums to its collections could be at odds with how communities use the same objects. More than a case of mutual misunderstanding, the case shows that museums often approach community engagements from a position of power. In pointing out these asymmetric relationships, I walk a fine line—at once personal, political and professional—in wanting to recognize the difficulties my museum colleagues have in re-orienting their organizations towards communities, at the same time as honoring the communities that sustain me.

Tuan Nguyen (2018)

In the spirit of ACT UP, newCardigan are hosting a teach in related to queerying the GLAM sector. Come and learn from a range of workers in our sector about their experiences and share your own experiences and resources or just listen.

Yarra Libraries have been doing great work with local trans and gender diverse communities recently and Fitzroy Library is near the Courage statue dedicated to the legacy of Ralph McLean (1957–2010), Australia’s first openly gay elected official (City of Fitzroy, 1982) and Mayor (1984).

We’ll continue the conversation over dinner or drinks afterwards.

We’d love you to start sharing questions, ideas, experiences and resources online in this document before we meet.

Getting There

Tram: routes 11, 86, 96

Bus: routes 200, 207


Fitzroy Library is wheelchair accessible however after-hours access may be limited.

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The Rainbow Hotel
27 St David’s Street

13th March 2020 from  6:30 PM to  7:30 PM
128 Moor Street
Fitzroy Library
Meeting Room 1
Fitzroy, VIC 3065
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