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Welby Ings - keynote

Professor Welby Ings delivers the keynote address at the symposium Rainbow Studies Now: Legacies of Community. Welby is introduced by Dr. Rebekah Galbraith. Welby's presentation focuses on the recent establishement of Ia, the first multi-disciplinary queer research portal inside a university.

During the presentation Welby played a number of short videos which are not included in the audio recording. These included a teaser for his film Punch, archival footage of the Nazi's book burning in Berlin’s Bebelplatz Square, the Grim Reaper AIDS advert and a teaser for his next film project documenting the people and activities relating to homosexual law reform in the mid 1980s.

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The keynote address by Professor Welby Ings at the Rainbow Studies Now symposium, held at Te Herenga Waka - Victoria University of Wellington on November 23, 2023, delves into the multifaceted aspects of queer research and community legacies. The speech, titled "Building the Family Home, Growing Queer Research Inside Our Institutions," is introduced by Dr. Rebekah Galbraith and centers on the establishment of Ia, a pioneering multi-disciplinary queer research portal within a university setting.

Ings, a renowned figure in design at Auckland University of Technology, reflects on their personal journey and experiences, highlighting the challenges and prejudices faced by the queer community historically and in contemporary times. Their talk is informed by a rich personal history that includes active participation in the fight for homosexual law reform and a broad career spanning various creative and academic disciplines. Their book, "Disobedient Teaching," is noted for its influential perspectives on pedagogy and educational culture.

Central to Ings' address is the concept of "invisibility" as a tool of oppression and its counteraction through visibility and storytelling. Their discussion extends to various themes, including the role of academic institutions in safeguarding knowledge and acting as society's critic and conscience. The address emphasizes the importance of diversity and the responsibility of academics to nurture and protect it.

Ings also touches on issues such as the historical erasure of queer narratives, the safety concerns for queer academics and students in a global context, and the importance of community and familial support structures within the queer community. Their perspective is marked by a deep understanding of the historical and ongoing struggles for acceptance and rights, and a commitment to using their skills and position to foster positive change.

This keynote offers a comprehensive overview of the evolution, challenges, and aspirations of queer research and advocacy, underscoring the crucial role of academia in these endeavors.

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Record date:23rd November 2023
Location:Te Herenga Waka - Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington
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Archive:The master recording is archived at the Alexander Turnbull Library (reference number to be confirmed).