Staff profile

Mr Luke Benjamin Gahan B.Soc.Sci, B.Arts (Hons)

PhD Candidate, Casual Lecturer & Tutor

College of Science, Health and Engineering
School of Psychology and Public Health
Department of Public Health
Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society

Ballarat, Melbourne (City)

Qualifications

B.Soc.Sci, B.Arts (Hons) Swinburne University

Membership of professional associations

The Australian Sociological Association, BSA Sociology of Religion Study Group, The Internation Sociological Association (ISA), The ISA Research Committee on Family Research, Society for the Scientific Study of Religion

Brief profile

Accademic Associations Positions

  • Member of the Executive of The Australian Sociological Association (TASA) (2015 -    )
  • Co-Convenor of The Australian Sociological Association (TASA) Families and Relationships Thematic Group (March 2016 - November 2016)
  • Co-Convenor of The Australian Sociological Association (TASA) Families Relationships and Gender Thematic Group (2013 - 2016)
  • Post Graduate Representative, The Australian Sociological Association (TASA) Sociology of Religion Thematic Group (2012)

Awards

  • Professor Anthony Smith Conference Attendance Award (2013), La Trobe University
  • Aspiring Academis Bursary (2012), British Sociological Association Sociology of Religion Study Group
  • Post Graduate Support Grant (2012 & 2011) La Trobe University
  • Australian Post Graduate Award Industry (APAI) (2011-2014) La Trobe University
  • Study Abroad Scholarship for Academic Achievement (2008) Swinburne University

Board, Executive, and Council Memberships

  • The Australian Sociological Association Executive (2015 -    )
  • Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives Executive (ALGA) (2013 -     )
  • Art Gallery of Ballarat Association Council (2015 -    )
  • Victorian Director, National LGBTI Health Alliance (2014 - March 2016)

Research interests

Sexuality and Relationships

- Separation and Divorce, Same-Sex Parented Families, Religion/Spirituality and LGBTIQ People

Teaching units

Guest Lectures

  • "Sex, Gender, and Sexuality", BAFND1001, Introduction to Social Inquiry, Faculty of Arts and Education, Federation University (Mt Helen and Gippsland) (2016)
  • "The Social Changes of Separation and Divorce", SOC2SOR, Sociology of Relationships, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, La Trobe University (Online Lecture) (2015)
  • "Non-Normative Families", SOC2SOR, Sociology of Relationships, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, La Trobe University (Online Lecture) (2015)
  • "Divorce and Separation with a case study on Separated Same-Sex Parented Families", SOC20003 Family, Relationships and Sexuality, Faculty of Health, Arts and Design, Swinburne University of Technology, (2015)
  • "Young People, relationships, and sexuality", SOC20003 Family, Relationships and Sexuality, Faculty of Health, Arts and Design, Swinburne University of Technology, (2015)
  • "The Histories of Sexuality", UNIB30004 Sex: Science and the community, Department of Zoology, University of Melbourne, (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015).
  • "Contemporary Queer Issues & Activism", POLS30007 Change & Conflict in Australian Society, School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Melbourne, (2012)
  • "Contemporary Queer Issues/Activism & Marriage Equality in Australia", POLS30007 Change & Conflict in Australian Society, School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Melbourne, (2013)
  • "Divorce, Separation, & Re-Constitued Families", HAS203 Family, Relationships and Sexuality, Faculty of Life and Social Sciences, Swinburne University of Technology, (2013).
  • "Separated Same-Sex Parented Families: (In)Equality, Isolation & Resilience", School of Global, Urban and Social Studies, RMIT University, (2013, 2014).

Tutoring

  • "Introduction to Social Inquiry" BAFND1001, Faculty of Arts and Education, Federation University (Mt Helen) (2016)
  • "Sociology of Relationships" SOC2SOR, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, La Trobe University (Bundoora), (2015)
  • "Introduction to Sociology", SOC1SAC, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, La Trobe University (Bundoora), (2015).
  • "Families, Relationships and Sexuality", HAS203, Faculty of Life and Social Sciences, Swinburne University of Technology, (2013).
  • "Same-Sex Desire: From God to Genes", UNIB20016, School of Historical and Philosophical Sciences, University of Melbourne, (2012, 2013). 

Recent publications

Edited Book

Book Chapters 

  • Gahan, L. (2011). 'The ins and outs of marriage (and divorce)'. In V. Marsh (Ed.), "Speak Now: Australian perspectives on same-sex marriage"  (pp.61-69). Thornbury, VIC: Clouds of Magellan.
  • Gahan, L. (2016 forthcoming). '‘I will be married in the Eyes of God’: Religious Same-Sex Attracted Young People Reimagining their Future. In Dawn Llewellyn and Sonya Sharma (Eds), "Religion, Equalities and Inequalities", Aldershot,  Ashgate.

Journal Articles

  • Gahan, L., Jones, T., Hillier, L., (2014) An Unresolved Journey: Religious Discourse and Same-Sex Attracted and Gender Questioning Young People, Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion, Vol 25 pp202-229.

Monographs

  • Hillier, L., Jones, T., Monagle, M., Overton, N., Gahan, L., Blackmen, J. and Mitchell, A. (2010). Writing Themselves In 3: The Third National study on the sexual health and wellbeing of same sex attracted and gender questioning young people, ARCSHS, La Trobe University, Melbourne.
  • Barrett, C., Gahan, L., Mitchell, A., Allen, J., McLaren, S., and Tinney, J. (2010). Everyday Angels: Celebrating the achievements of staff working in aged care. ARCSHS, La Trobe University, Melbourne

 Book Reviews in Academic Journals

  • Gahan, Luke. (2013). "Being Gay, Being Christian: You Can Be Both, by Stuart Edser", Gay & Lesbian Issues and Psychology Review, Vol 9(1), pp64-66.
  • Gahan, Luke. (2012). "Sex and the Soul: Juddling, Sexuality, Spirituality, Romance, and Religion on America's College Campuses: by Donna Freitas", Theology & Sexuality, Vol. 18(1). pp100-102
  • Gahan, Luke Benjamin. (2012). "Queer spiritual spaces: sexuality and sacred places: by Kath Brown, Sally R. Munt and Andrew K.T Yip", Culture, Health & Sexuality, Vol 14(2) pp237-239.
  • Gahan, Luke Benjamin. (2012) "Sexuality, religion and the sacred: bisexual, pansexual and polysexual perspectives: edited by Loraine Hutchins and H. Sharif Williams", Culture, Health & Sexuality, Vol 14(10) pp1229-1231

Conference Keynote Address:

  • "Spirituality, religion, gender and sexuality: Research, theory, and experiences on the journey towards positive mental health," Presented at: Be As You Are: Symposium of the Transpersonal Psychology Interest Group (TPIG) of the Australian Psychological Society (APS), Melbourne, June 27 2015

Conference Papers & Posters

  • Gahan, L. (2015) Separating Same-Sex Parents: Navigating Relationships with Service Providers, Presented at the Australian Sociological Association (TASA) annual conference, James Cook University, Cairns, Australia.
  • Gahan, L. (2015) For Better or Worse: Memories from the early days of Australian Marriage Equality, Presented at 'From outlaws to in-laws' - 2015 Australia's Homosexual Histories Conference, University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia.
  • Gahan, L. (2015) Separated Same-Sex Parents' Experiences and Views of Government Funded Family Relationship Centres (FRC), Presented at 'Working together for health' - Health In Difference 2015: The 9th National LGBTI Health Conference, National LGBTI Health Alliance, Canberra, Australia.
  • Gahan, L. (2015) "Separated Same-sex Parented Families: Rethinking the Queer Family through the experiences of Separation. Presented at 'Queer Kinship and Relationships International Conference', Institute of Psychology, Polish Academy of Sciences, Zalesie, Masuria, Poland.
  • Gahan, L. (2014) "Our kids have enough f****ing parents in their life" Negotiating post separation parenting within same-sex parented families of three or more parents. Presented at the Australian Sociological Association (TASA) annual conference, University of South Australia.
  • Malta, S., Kirkman, L., Pallotta-Chiarolli, M., Gahan, L. (2014) From early adulthood to later life: Redefining the boundaries of new intimate relationships across the life span. Round Table Presentation at the International Association for Relationships Research, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Gahan, L. B. (2013). Separated same-sex parented families: (In)equality, isolation and resilience. Presented at: 'Our Bodies, Our Minds - Health In Difference 2013: the 8th National LGBTI Health Conference', National LGBTI Health Alliance, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Gahan, L. B. (2013). Understanding resilience and experiences of separation in same-sex parented families 理解同性伴侶家庭解組的復原力和經驗.Poster Presentation at the International Sociological Association (ISA) Seminar of the ISA Research Committee on Family Research RC06, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan. (Click here for pdf copy)
  • Gahan, L. (2012). Understanding resilience and experiences of separation in same-sex parented families: Preliminary Findings. Presented at the Australian Sociological Association (TASA) annual conference, University of Queensland, Australia.
  • Gahan, L. and Hillier, L. (2012). ‘I will be married in the eyes of God’: Emerging homopositive, same-sex marriage, and parenting discourses are providing marginalized same-sex attracted young people (SSAY) in Australia with new belongings and connectedness to their religion. Presented at the British Sociological Association (BSA) Sociology of Religion Study Group (SOCREL) annual conference, University of Chester, United Kingdom.
  • Gahan, L. and Hillier, L. (2011). Will God get me through?: Religion and the wellbeing of same-sex attracted young people (SSAY) in Australia. Presented at The Australian Sociological Association (TASA) annual conference, University of Newcastle, Australia.

 Other Publications

Research projects

  • Work, Love, and Play: Understanding resilience and experiences of separation in same-sex parented families (2011-2014)
  • Writing Themselves In 3 (2010) - research and publication.