The Indigenising Queer Theory ‘First Fridays’ Deakin GSS HDR Masterclass was held on 6 July 2018.

A masterclass by Maddee Clark, Todd Fernando, Laniyuk Garcon Mills and Dino Hodge


The masterclass will consider the following question in relation to participants’ own research:

  • How do you understand Indigenous Queer Theory in relation to your own research?


Required Readings

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Gays and Lesbians Aboriginal Alliance (Dunn/Holland, W., Fletcher, M., Hodge, D., Lee, G. P.. (1993) ‘Peopling the empty mirror.’ in Gay perspectives II; more essays in Australian gay culture. Sydney: University of Sydney.

Clark, Maddee. (2015) ‘Are We Queer? Reflections on ‘Peopling the Empty Mirror’ Twenty Years On.’ in Colouring the Rainbow: Blak Queer and Trans Perspectives. Adelaide: Wakefield Press, pp. 238-252.

Other Readings

Costello, M., Nannup, R., Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations and National Indigenous Sistergirl Forum. (1999) Report of the first National Indigenous Sistergirl Forum : a forum for all Indigenous people who identify as a sistergirl or who have transgender qualities (Magnetic Island, Queensland, July 17-20, 1999). Sydney: AFAO.

Mills, Laniyuk Garcon. (2015) ‘The Conflicts of Camoflauge.’ in Colouring the Rainbow: Blak Queer and Trans Perspectives. Adelaide: Wakefield Press, pp. 76-89.

Aileen Moreton-Robinson lecture on Indigenous Foucault at the University of Alberta. (Available from:


About the Presenters

Maddee Clark is a Yugambeh trans writer and educator living in Naarm. They are completing a PhD at the University of Melbourne in Indigenous futurisms.

Todd Fernando belongs to the Kalarie peoples of the Wiradjuri Nation, identifies as queer with pronouns he/him. Todd is a medical anthropologist who is currently completing his PhD with the Centre for Health Equity and the Melbourne Poche Centre through the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Melbourne. Todd’s PhD research focuses on the intersections of health science and Indigenous sexuality. Todd is employed by the University as a sessional lecturer with an academic teaching and research interest in queer theory, health policy, racial literacy, whiteness studies, and global Indigenous politics. Todd is currently a board member for Hepatitis Victoria and a leading consultant across the public and private sectors. 

Laniyuk Garcon Mills was born of a French mother and a Larrakia, Kungarrakan and Gurindji father. Her poetry and short memoir often reflects the intersectionality of her cross cultural and queer identity. She contributed to the 2015 book Colouring the Rainbow: Blak Queer and Trans Perspectives, and in 2017 she won the Indigenous residency for Canberra’s Noted Writers Festival. In 2018 Overland awarded Laniyuk its Writers Residency and shortlisted her for the Nakata-Brophy poetry prize.

Dino Hodge – Konstantino Hadjikakou – is author/(co)editor of six books, three of which consider indigeneity and intersectionality across either health, education, queer studies or social justice. He is a co-founder of Darwin Pride Festival (1985), a life member of the Northern Territory AIDS Council, and an Honorary Senior Fellow with the Centre for Indigenous Studies at the University of Melbourne. In 2017 he received the Northern Territory Human Rights Award for Social Change.