Festival Program


The Politics of Disgust

Sat 31 Aug, 11.30am
RMIT Kaleide Theatre

MWF19’s Queermotions series looks at six emotional states – anger, fear, disgust, happiness, sadness and surprise – through an LBGTQI+ lens.

Norman Erikson Pasaribu, Nic Holas and Fiona McGregor unpack what it means to be labelled ‘disgusting’ and how it informs the queer experience in social, cultural and legislative ways. Can it be reclaimed? Should it? With Dion Kagan.


1 hour

Available on Pass


Session Artists

Nic Holas is an activist, writer, and co-founder of The Institute of Many (TIM). Nic has contributed to a number of anthologies, including Growing Up Queer in Australia, Queertstories, and The Best of the Lifted Brow Volume Two. His writing has also appeared in Archer, The Guardian, Sydney Morning Herald, ABC, SBS, and Junkee.

Dion Kagan is an editor, critic and former gender studies lecturer. He's a longtime queer columnist for The Lifted Brow and his book on HIV/AIDS and popular culture, Positive Images, was published in 2018. Dion is currently a full-time books editor at Black Inc.

Fiona's books include Strange Museums, a travel memoir of a performance art tour through Poland. Her novel Indelible Ink won Age Book of the Year. Her performance work has been presented internationally. Giramondo will publish a collection of her non-fiction in 2020.

Norman Erikson Pasaribu is an Indonesian writer of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. His first book of poems Sergius Seeks Bacchus (trans. by Tiffany Tsao) received a PEN Translates Award and is out in Australia with Giramondo. He won the Young Author Award from Southeast Asia Literary Council in 2017.

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