Queer Collaborations

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Queer Collaborations (QC) is a national Australian Queer conference. The conference is held annually, usually in July and makes use of the Safer Spaces Agreement. In recent years, the conference has attracted over 200 delegates.

It is often referred to as a student conference, although that is not strictly true. The majority of delegates are students, but the facilitation collectives have not usually restricted registration. The conference has traditionally been supported by the National Union of Students of Australia (NUS) and has used the NUS Standing orders, but officially the conference is autonomous and not affiliated with NUS.

History[edit]

The conference began in 1991 as a one day meeting of students from universities around Sydney. Eventually QC expanded to its current format of a one-week national conference.

A challenge to the conference occurred in 2001 in Newcastle, when a political dispute caused the conference floor to split. Many of the delegates left the conference, and formed their own conference in a bar down the street.

The University of Wollongong were the 2010 hosts, defeating the Cross Campus Queer Network Western Australia 62-60 in the second round of voting after Monash Clayton was eliminated in the first round.

At Wollongong in 2010 the NUS Queer Officers were censured by the conference floor.

At the 2012 conference, it was determined that a collection of Sydney area universities would host the 2013 event. The Sydney universities were chosen over a bid from Brisbane, who had also bid the previous year.

The 2014 Queer Collaborations Conference is to be held at Monash University in Melbourne.

Year Host Theme
1991 University of Sydney
1992 University of Technology Sydney
1993 University of Sydney
1994 University of Queensland, Brisbane
1995 University of Melbourne Heresy
1996 University of Western Australia, Perth Queer as FUCK
1997 Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane Volatile
1998 University of Tasmania, Hobart Emerge
1999 University of Adelaide OUT - Raging
2000 Charles Sturt University, Bathurst Camping Out West
2001 University of Newcastle (NSW) The future is queer to me now
2002 Australian National University
University of Canberra
Queery Oppression
2003 Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
University of Melbourne
Swinburne University of Technology
Validate Here
2004 Queensland University of Technology
Griffith University, Brisbane
Yes it's fuckin' political
2005 University of Western Australia, Perth {Queer}ying Gender
2006 University of Sydney Terror Alert: Rainbow
2007 University of Tasmania Alphabet Soup: the A-Z of queer diversity in the 21st century
2008 Cross-Campus Queer Network (Victoria)
Host Campus: University of Melbourne
Freedoms are won - not given
2009 Australian National University, University of Canberra
Deceit of Government
2010 University of Wollongong Defending Our Unions
2011 Curtin University Building a Queerious Community
2012 Flinders University Queer Society (FUQS)
Host Campus: Flinders University
Queermageddon: The End of Queerphobia
2013 Cross-Campus Queer Network (NSW)
Host Campus: University of Sydney
Brave New Worlds
2014 Monash University Clayton Campus Beyond the Rainbow
2015 Australian National University, University of Canberra
Theme to be announced

Political Atmosphere[edit]

It is the opinion of some attendees within recent years that QC's main objective of discussing Queer issues has been overlooked in favour of lesser related issues. One such issue is Feminism; Feminism can be viewed as a collection of movements and ideologies, that are at times contradicted between movements; It's important to note that further background knowledge of Feminism should be obtained to enable a well rounded personal opinion before declaring it unrelated to Queer issues.

Another concern some attendees have is the dominating behaviour of delegates who're Socialist Alternative in their political views. In reply to a discussion regarding the seemingly enforced discrimination behaviour at QC one commenter said "...QC is not what it presents itself to be. It has become too political for me to socially collaborate with other people who claim they are tolerant, understanding and accepting. But really they enforce their own set of hate, discrimination, and intolerance towards anyone who has the slightest objection to their world-views. It drives me nuts." The commenter requested to remain anonymous, fearing a mob mentality backlash from QC delegates. Similar opinions from delegates have been met with verbal harassment, enforced social isolation, vigilantism and group bullying tactics.

It's important to note that these are personal views

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