Surveilling Minds and Bodies Conference

Surveilling Minds and Bodies: Sexualities, Medicine and the Law in Australasian Contexts

12 - 13 September 2018, NeW Space, Newcastle

The 2018 conference ‘Surveilling Bodies and Minds: Sexualities, Medicine and the Law in Australasian Contexts’ endeavoured to provide a historical context (1950-present) for the current Australasian events surrounding, and responding to, the surveillance of sexualities, particularly gay and lesbian sexualities. This interdisciplinary conference was also community based and was open to all academic disciplines, community groups and organisations.

The recent shifts in power dynamics pertaining to sexualities, the body, medicalisation, and the law – represented most profoundly by the marriage equality debate – demonstrate the need for a series of historical enquiries into these key social issues.

Key note speakers were:

Watch the video below for a taste of the conference or download the conference handbook (PDF 930KB).

Future Directions in Australiasian Classical Reception

Conference Event

You are invited to attend one or two research events on 4 - 5 October 2018, NeW Space, Newcastle at The University of Newcastle NeW Space building on 'Future Directions in Australasian Classical Receptions'. Sponsored by The Centre for 21 Century Humanities, Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle, this two-day conference examines and showcases the most recent research on Australasian Classical Reception. The events will be held at The University of Newcastle's city campus, NeW Space, in Room X801. Download the conference handbook (PDF 3.8MB).

Thursday 4th October - Confirmed speakers

  • Professor Jane Montgomery Griffiths, Monash

  • Professor Chris Mackie, La Trobe

  • Professor Michael Ewans, Newcastle

  • Emeritus Professor John Davidson, Wellington

  • Dr Laura Ginters, Sydney

  • Dr Sarah Midford, La Trobe

  • Dr Rachael White, Oxford

  • Dr Reuben Ramsay, Newcastle


Friday 5th October - Workshop

Day two of the conference features a workshop for postgraduates and honours students on their current research in Classical Reception Studies. The day begins with a two-hour workshop with Dr Ika Willis on researching Classical Reception Studies, followed by student presentations.


Two days:

  • Waged: $120

  • Unwaged / Studying: $60

One day (either day one or day two):

  • Waged: $60

  • Unwaged / Studying: $30

Registration covers morning/afternoon tea and light lunch on day one; morning coffee and light lunch on day two.


Professor Marguerite Johnson