Roundtable on Same Sex Partnerships: International Perspectives

The Roundtable is jointly sponsored by the Centre for Critical Human Rights Research (CCHRR), the Feminist Research Network (FRN) and the Legal Intersections Research Centre (LIRC).

Speakers include: Nan Seuffert (UOW), Leigh Boucher (Macaquarie), Sharon Quah (UOW)  and Linh Nguyen (UOW).

Details of Event:
2:30 pm, Monday 16 October
19.2072 (Research Hub)
University of Wollongong

After the Roundtable at 4.30pm, there will be a launch of some CCHRR publications. Refreshments will be served at the launch.

Please RSVP for catering purposes to Linh Nguyen (thln169@uowmail.edu.au) by Monday 9 October.

Program for 2017 FRN Symposium – ‘Feminist Interventions, Feminist Impacts’ 

The Feminist Research Network (FRN) is holding a symposium – ‘Feminist Interventions, Feminist Impacts’  – to showcase the feminist-inspired research of UOW scholars and those external to the university from 25th to 26th September 2017, held in Building 19’s LHA Research Hub (19.2072).

Panels include: ‘First Nations Feminism’, ‘Violence against Women and Violent Women’, ‘Contesting Gendered Emotions’, ‘Milk Culture: Feminist Resonances Across Lives in the Dairy Industry’, along with a HDR session on how feminism has inspired UOW HDR research.

In addition to panel discussions, the symposium features a photographic exhibition ‘Locating Chinese Women: Historical Mobility between China and Australia’, and a film screening on ‘Intersectionality on Film’.

FRN is also proudly collaborating with Wollongong Writers Festival to host a public event with Ellen Van Neerven and Clementine Ford at UOW on 25 September from 5pm.

The 2017 FRN Symposium is a FREE event, but please Register for catering by 22 September.

 Click ‘download’ below to download the program.

If you have any questions or require more information please contact Kai Soh: krs354@uowmail.edu.au

2017 Feminist Research Network Symposium 25 to 26 September

2017 Feminist Research Network Symposium – ‘Feminist Interventions, Feminist Impacts

Sharing four years of feminist-inspired research at the University of Wollongong (UOW), The Feminist Research Network (FRN) is holding a symposium – ‘Feminist Interventions, Feminist Impacts’  to showcase feminist-inspired research of UOW scholars and those external to the university from 25th to 26th September 2017.

Panels include: ‘First Nations Feminism’, ‘Violence against Women and Violent Women’, ‘Contesting Gendered Emotions’, ‘Milk Culture: Feminist Resonances Across Lives in the Dairy Industry’, along with a HDR session on how feminism has inspired UOW HDR research.

In addition to panel discussions, the symposium features a photographic exhibition ‘Locating Chinese Women: Historical Mobility between China and Australia’, and a film screening on ‘Intersectionality on Film’.

The full program will be available on this FRN blog closer to the date.

Please RSVP by 22 September for catering.

If you have any questions or require more information please contact Kai Soh: krs354@uowmail.edu.au

Report – CASS & FRN Post-Grad and Research Seminar Event

Three Things I’ve Learnt as a Feminist Researcher

As part of the CASS & FRN Post-Grad and Research Seminar Event, the FRN’s Higher Degree Research (HDR) Steering Group coordinated the morning session, ‘Three things I’ve learnt as a feminist researcher’. The Steering Group invited three academics to reflect on their experiences as feminists undertaking research and navigating the academic environment to gain insight into how feminist knowledge can be creatively articulated and re-imagined through a variety of feminist strategies and praxis in today’s university. The session was aimed at post-graduate and early career researchers. It attracted attendees from across the University who braved the miserable weather and were rewarded with some fascinating and diverse discussion on the building of successful academic careers as feminists.

Fiona Probyn-Rapsey kicked off the session and welcomed all the ‘nasty women’ and ‘feral feminists’ in the room; she went on to share her ‘feminist triplets’ with the audience. She started by stressing that feminism teaches us that we are perpetual learners and students. Because we are often blind to the simultaneity of different forms of oppression, as intersectional feminism highlights, being ‘caught out’ or ‘caught unaware’ should be welcomed as a learning experience. She also warned against making political grounds for one movement at the expense of others. Indeed, as a feminist researcher, Fiona has explored the intersection of whiteness and gender and the uncomfortable position of complicity (rather than innocence) of white women to racial and colonial oppressions. She concluded by acknowledging the difficulty involved in challenging the ways in which feminists are defined as the problem when they point out the problems of (hetero)patriarchy and the associated violence hidden in plain sight.

Sharon Quah spoke next and outlined how, as a feminist researcher, she has become attuned to the dynamics of power and marginality that exist in academic life. Further, she eloquently raised the need to decolonise the curriculum and include a greater diversity of scholars in subjects’ reading lists. Practicing an ethics of care and reciprocity in all aspects of teaching, research and service was also mentioned as an extension of feminist consciousness and praxis. Nicole Cook echoed ideas from the other panel members, highlighting the need for feminist collegiality, self-care and support networks, while also bearing in mind that not all women are feminists.

A big thank you to our three speakers, Nicole Cook (Lecturer in Human Geography), Sharon Quah (Lecturer in Sociology), and Fiona Probyn-Rapsey (Head of School, HSI) for sharing their experiences, critical understandings of feminism, and some thought-provoking take-homes, as well as for their general support of the event. Thanks also to the FRN for supporting the Steering Group, this event and for the delicious vegetarian/vegan lunch catering. Big thanks also to the wonderful CASS team, especially Claire Lowrie for her direct support, and overall coordination of an excellent event.

Lastly, for examples of feminist-inspired writing, we recommend the excellent scholarship from our three speakers, in particular:

Fiona Probyn-Rapsey, ‘Playing Chicken at the Intersection: The White Critic of Whiteness’, Borderlands 3, no. 2 (2004) Available from: http://www.borderlands.net.au/vol3no2_2004/probyn_playing.htm

Sharon Quah Perspectives on Marital Dissolution: Divorce Biographies in Singapore. (Singapore, Heidelberg, New York, Dordrecht, London: Springer, 2015).

Nicole Cook recommends Woolf, V. 2004 A Room of One’s Own. London: Penguin.

Report by Esther Alloun @EstherAlloun
UoW PhD Candidate, FRN Reading Group Facilitator and FRN HDR Steering Group member