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Queer Objects

What is a 'queer object'? This highly illustrated edited collection will have an international focus and explore the historical, political and social significance of LGBT material culture.

Teenagers: The Rise of Youth Culture in New Zealand

When was the New Zealand teenager invented? This project unearths the voices of generations of young people from the start of the nineteenth century.

Two-by-Two: Men in Pairs

Connections between men take many forms; this handmade book project explores the complexities through a survey of 100 New Zealand images taken between 1880 and 1960.

Manly Affections: The Photographs of Robert Gant 1885-1915

What happens when we peer into the emotional and erotic same-sex cultures of small-town nineteenth century New Zealand? Something like this.

Mates & Lovers: A History of Gay New Zealand

A bit about the philosophy behind the research project that led to the book, published in 2008. And a link to a one-page essay written for the programme of the play that happened afterwards.

Southern Men: Gay Lives in Pictures.

Southern Men documents men's lives, travels, friendships and leisure in the years before gay liberation, showing men at war, at home and at the beach.