ARC Discovery grant success for chief investigator Noah Riseman

Noah Riseman

Noah Riseman

ARC Discovery grant success for chief investigator Noah Riseman

10th December 2015

Associate Professor Noah Riseman of Australian Catholic University, one of the chief investigators on the project ‘Serving Our Country’, was recently awarded an ARC Discovery grant. The new project, entitled ‘Serving in Silence? Australian LGBTI Military Service since 1945’, will examine the histories of Australian lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) servicemen and women from the end of the Second World War until the present. The project plans to analyse why in some eras the Australian military has been an international leader in facilitating social change, while at other times it has lagged behind civilian norms. It aims to reveal the untold experiences of LGBTI personnel, the processes of change to policies and practices, and wider cultural shifts around sexuality and gender. The expected project outcomes will inform current debates about Australian Defence Force culture and wider questions about how institutions respond to social change. There will also be a PhD scholarship attached to this project.

It was work on ‘Serving Our Country’ and other similar projects into the history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander military service, which inspired Riseman to pursue this area of research. He conducted one interview with a gay Aboriginal ex-serviceman; while this interviewee chose not to go on record about his sexuality, he did tell Riseman stories off the record about his experiences in the Australian Defence Force as a gay man. A few weeks later, Riseman saw an article in the LGBTI press about the 20th anniversary of the Keating government’s 1992 decision to permit openly gay and lesbian people serving. Riseman realised that there have been no histories of LGBTI service since the Second World War. Since 2014 Riseman has been conducting pilot research, interviewing current and former servicemen and women and has already presented this information in various forums. Some of these publications are accessible through: http://theconversation.com/laying-wreaths-for-australians-who-once-serve... and https://www.defglis.com.au/index.php/news/194-reflections-project-update and in the December 2015 issue of the Australian Journal of Politics and History.

If you are a current or ex-servicewoman or man who identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex or would like more information about this project, please email Noah on noah.riseman@acu.edu.au.

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