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M or F?

Gender, Identity, and the Transformative Research Paradigm

This chapter interrogates the geography of queer exhibitions in museums and galleries in Australia. It draws on data from Museums Australia's database of queer exhibitions, which are cross-tabulated with geographical variables such as location, scale and state/territory population. The chapter shows an uneven geographical distribution of exhibitions, how geography also frames the themes of queer exhibitions, and an imbalanced geography, in which regional histories are few, national and state scale histories are prevalent, and minimal exhibitions occur outside metropolitan areas. A geographical analysis can uncover important information on both the thematic content of, and audience opportunities to attend, queer exhibitions. Such considerations are crucial if museums and galleries are to meet their fundamental remits with regard to queer cultures that is, to capture and present the diversity of queer identities, communities and histories and to educate the widest possible audience about the contributions of queer cultures and communities to the broader society.