MemberBen Hjorth

Ben Hjorth is a queer scholar, performer and activist, originating as a white settler on Wurundjeri land in Naarm (Melbourne, Australia) and currently a transplant on the lands of the Dish with One Spoon covenant in Tkaronto, Turtle Island (Canada), where he is a PhD candidate in the Centre for Comparative Literature at the University of Toronto. He edited the 2017/2018 volumes of S: Journal of the Circle for Lacanian Ideology Critique, has previously published in Performance Research and Senses of Cinema, and has curated a range of artistic and academic events across Australia, France, Slovenia and Canada.

MemberSophie Couchman

Sophie is a curator and public historian. She is an Honorary Research Fellow at La Trobe University and an Honorary Research Associate at Museums Victoria. She is interested in the place of migrants in Australia’s history and has researched and published in the field of Chinese-Australian history for many years. She has just completed work at Museums Victoria as exhibition curator on ‘British Migrants: Instant Australians?’, a travelling exhibition exploring British migration to Australia after World War II and its significance today. Sophie has a particular interest in the creation and circulation of visual representations and how they shape our understandings of Australia’s past. She developed the Chinese Australian Historical Images in Australia website ( as part of the completion of her doctorate. She is currently working on a joint project between La Trobe University and Museums Victoria, ‘The Camera at Work’, which explores how changes in photographic technologies and practices transformed the visual documentation of factory life in Melbourne, 1870s through to the present day. While Curator at the Chinese Museum in Melbourne Sophie led a number of notable projects including ‘Language, A Key to Survival: Cantonese-English Phrasebooks in Australia’, which won a Museums & Galleries National Award for ‘Interpretation, Learning and Audience Engagement’ in 2014. She also led the development of ‘Chungking Legation: Australia’s diplomatic mission in wartime China’ exhibition and book in 2015 and in 2014 the tour to six locations in China of ‘Bridge of Memories: Exploring identity, diversity, community — An Australian touring exhibition in China’.