FRN Work in Progress Webinar

ZOOM – Tuesday 22nd September 4:00pm – 6:00pm


Please register your interest at:

Session 1

Dr. Anthony McKnight – “May we decolonise and reculturalise the academic landscape through Mother Earth, Father Sky, Grandmother Moon and Grandfather Sun”

Jet Hunt – “Other Words Are Possible: Exploring organisational practices amongst Innovative Justice Practitioners”

Session 2

Dr. Stacy Carter – “Feminist Empirical Ethics and the Routledge Handbook on Feminist Approaches to Bioethics”

Jade Parker – “Exploring LGBTQIA+ community’s relationships with intimate partner violence service provision in the Illawarra”

Session 3

Dr. Annie Werner – “Queer death, vulnerability and rage: Renegade cancer stories, chronopolitics, and the thick time of living in prognosis”

Kaitlyn Poole – “Popular Literature as a System of Legal Knowledge and Identity in Youth Legal Activists”

Each session will be followed by informal Q&A, audience discussion and a short break.

For more information please contact Amy Boyle at

Power and Precarity Roundtable

ZOOM – TUESDAY 25th AUGUST 4:00pm – 5:30pm

This virtual roundtable event has been conceived as a response to the uncertain employment conditions in higher education, exacerbated by the impacts of COVID-19. With government funding changes and various structural changes within the university, this virtual roundtable seeks to explore what those within the university sector can do to support prospective and precariously employed academic staff. The event will be split between a panel conversation and audience Q&A/discussion. The panel includes higher degree research students, early career researchers, and ongoing professional and academic staff. We welcome students and staff from all levels of higher education, particularly those with an interest in how the precarious workplace affects higher education and academic research in Australia.


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Dr. Jessica Ford is a Lecturer in Film, Media and Cultural Studies at the University of Newcastle (UON), Australia. She is a feminist television studies scholar and has been published in Feminist Media Studies and The Australasian Journal of Popular Culture. Along with other members of The Academic Precariat collective, she co-authored ‘What Ongoing Staff Can do to Support Precariously Employed Colleagues ‘ (2020) for the Australian Universities’ Review. Jessica is currently working on creating professional development and mentoring opportunities for Sessional Academics in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at UON.

Sarah Ryan is a project manager with Careers Central at the University of Wollongong (UOW). Sarah leads a small team of careers consultants to embed career development learning in curricular and co-curricular contexts. She is a qualified careers practitioner and had particular responsibility in supporting higher degree research (HDR) students between 2013-2018 at UOW, and as part of her previous role at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland.  Presently, she delivers the careers group sessions as part of the Graduate Research School HDR student workshops and seminars.  

Dr. Quah Ee Ling Sharon (she/her) is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Wollongong (UOW). She is the recipient of the Vice-Chancellor’s Rosemary Cooper Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Award in 2020. She serves as the Chair of Ally Network, and is actively involved in Forging United Safe Environments (FUSE) Network, Workforce Diversity Reference Group and Academic Senate. She works closely with a group of casual tutors in her role as the subject coordinator of SOC103 Introduction to Sociology and SOC227 Genders & Sexualities at UOW.

Dr. Kate Bowles is the Associate Dean International for the Faculty of Arts Social Sciences and Humanities (ASSH) at the University of Wollongong (UOW) and an advocate for fair work in higher education. She is currently working with an international group on the need for universities to support the development of critical labour literacy as a counter-narrative to “job-ready graduates.” Kate writes online about the casualisation of work in her blog:

A/ Prof. Brogan Bunt is Head of School of The Arts, English and Media (TAEM) in the Faculty of the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (ASSH) at the University of Wollongong (UOW).  TAEM depends upon a large group of casual staff who do a considerable amount of the school’s teaching.  Their conditions have increasingly deteriorated over the past few years and have now reached a point of crisis.  As a frontline manager, Brogan is very aware of the constraints of the current system and recognises the key responsibility to conceive, advocate for and foster new systems that assist casuals to achieve better university recognition, support and employment conditions.

Panel moderated by Amy Boyle, who is currently completing a Doctor of Philosophy (Arts) in the School of Arts, English and Media (TAEM) at the University of Wollongong (UOW). As well as being the higher degree research (HDR) convener of the UOW Feminist Research Network, Amy is a member on the HDR Training Advisory Committee. As part of this role, in 2019 Amy undertook Research Assistance for the Acting Dean of Graduate Research, A/Prof. Honglin Chen, researching how HDR training might be re-envisioned to better suit the needs of students in the contemporary research and work contexts.

For more information please contact Amy Boyle at

Contemporary Feminisms

FRN Upcoming event on Contemporary Feminism


Feminism is a term both feared and revered. Contemporary feminisms make bold and rebellious statements, as well as operate as commodified forms of empowerment. Subsequently, significant debates have emerged around which feminism is best and how we should theorise and practice feminisms. To address the eagerness for greater discussion and practical advice about feminisms and feminist activisms, we invite undergraduates, postgraduates, academics and members of the community to join us, including self-identified feminists and those who wish to learn more about feminisms. The panel includes feminists within and beyond the academy to consider the questions, “how should we do feminisms in the contemporary moment?” and “how can we practice feminism, and do feminist activism, in our everyday lives?” To allow for open discussion, this event will be equally split between panellist speakers and Q&A.

Panellists: Dr Bianca Fileborn (University of Melbourne), Dr Ika Willis (UOW), Sara Khan (UOW alumna and co-host of FBi Radio’s Race Matters), Olivia Todhunter (UOW alumna and co-founder of UOW FemSoc), and Grace Jennings (Illawarra Women’s Health Centre).

Chaired by Dr Rachel Loney-Howes (University of Wollongong)

Tuesday 15 October 2019 4:30pm – 6:00pm Building 67, Room 102 (67.102)


The Doing Feminisms roundtable offers a timely opportunity to reflect on the impact of recent feminist mobilisation and activism such as that seen in the #MeToo movement. This event subsequently provides an opportunity to launch the collected edition #MeToo and the Politics of Social Change, co-edited by Dr Bianca Fileborn (University of Melbourne) in collaboration with Dr Rachel Loney-Howes (University of Wollongong).

Hosted by Dr Lisa Slater (University of Wollongong) Co-sponsored by the School of Health and Society

Tuesday 15 October 2019 6:00pm – 7:00pm Building 67 Foyer

Please RSVP by 8 October 2019 for the roundtable and/or book launch at

For more information please contact Amy Boyle at

Decolonising Feminism Reading Group

Join us for the first Decolonising Feminism reading group on 20 August 3.30 – 4.30pm at the Research Lounge in the Research Hub. The readings that will be discussed are:

  • Mohanty. C (2013), ‘Transnational feminist crossing: on neoliberalism and radical critique’, Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, vol. 38, no. 4, pp. 967-991
  • Lugones, M (2012), ‘Methodological notes towards a decolonial feminism’, in Decolonizing Epistemologies: Latina/o Theology and Philosophy, A.M. Isai Díaz, E. Mendieta, Fordham University, pp. 68-86.

Everyone is welcome!

If you have trouble locating the readings, please contact Dr Lisa Slater at

‘Decolonising Feminism’ Workshop

‘Decolonising Feminism’ Workshop
Building 67 Room 202 (67.202) 26 July 2pm -4pm


The decolonisation of feminism requires that when we consider feminist issues, we are careful not to view them from a colonial, Western-centric perspective. What does this mean for you personally, and for your research, teaching or creative practice?


  • Understanding ‘Decolonising’ practices for research and teaching (by FRN Convenors)
  • Brief presentation with provocations (by Dr Intan Paramaditha)
  • Discussion in groups


Intan Paramaditha is an Indonesian fiction writer and academic based in Sydney, whose works focus on the intersection between gender and sexuality, culture and politics. She has been invited to international festivals and academic forums and is actively involved in several feminist projects focusing on cultural activism in Indonesia. She holds a Ph.D. from New York University and teaches Media and Film Studies at Macquarie University.

Refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP at or to Kai Ruo Soh at by 19 July if you would like to attend.

Trolling the Humanities and Social Sciences: A Roundtable

Trolling the Humanities and Social Sciences: A Roundtable
Thursday, 1 November 2018, 2pm-4pm
Room 2003, Building 19

Scholarship is not always warmly received. Where research is challenging to established arrangements (and sometimes, even when it is not), it can be misrepresented, treated as though it were offensive, and met with disdain and ridicule. This attitude can extend to students interested in such research and its social and political implications. Those conducting the research can find themselves subject to abuse and invective from both the mainstream press and vocal critics on social media – frequently in tandem. This is routinely referred to as trolling. Trolls and what they troll are indicative of how power works in public culture. This trolling directed to the humanities aligns with a number of political goals. These include normalising characterisations of academic culture as a kind of disconnected, ‘PC’ parallel universe, legitimising the defunding of public institutions, and ultimately, neutralising critique of the status quo. The costs of such trolling are commonly worn by individual academics. At this level trolling works as a strategy of silencing through shaming (particularly directed to women and visible minorities). Trolling thus involves an affective transfer, intensifying the emotional labour required of academics by channeling it in from the online domains where academics are expected to maintain profiles. This occurs in a professional context where impact and metrics are increasingly consequential, although the possibilities of entirely negative reactions to ‘knowledge transfer’ are seldom factored in to research evaluation.

This roundtable asks: What does all this mean for researchers and for research dissemination in the contemporary media landscape? How should universities support academics, and how can academics best support each other in engaging with this context?

Our speakers:

Andrew Whelan is a sociologist who has conducted research on internet subcultures and on the organisation of academic work.

Kate Bowles is a Twitter user, who will talk about academic Twitter in a time of “strident criticism” (A Jones, 2018).

Sukhmani Khorana is Senior Lecturer in Media and Culture at the University of Wollongong. Sukhmani has published extensively on diasporic cultures, multi-platform refugee narratives, and the politics of empathy.

Jet Hunt is a graduate of Wollongong University and former co-convenor of the Wollongong Feminist Society. They are currently a youth worker, and have worked extensively with young people around ethics and safety in online spaces. Jet is a settler on the stolen lands of the Wadi Wadi people of the Dharrawal nation.

This event is co-sponsored by CERN and FRN.

FRN Lunch Talk: 3 Things about the F-Word

FRN Lunch Talk: 3 Things about the F-Word
Reclaiming the F-Word in Academic Research

The F-Word – F for Feminism(s) is both everywhere and nowhere. From Beyoncé to Camp Cope, from #metoo to parliamentary debates on ‘proper’ sexual conduct in the Australian government, gender and sexual politics permeate much of today’s popular and political culture. In academia these may be framed as feminist questions or problems, while other researchers or policy makers may shy away from using the ‘killjoy’ F-word (see Sara Ahmed on this) to discuss issues of gender, sexual conduct, equality or inclusion.

We take this context as our starting point and in this session we ask: what are the challenges and possibilities for academics and researchers in using the F-word for research?

Join us to hear Dr Scarlet Wilcock, Dr Jordan Mckenzie and Dr Ika Willis as they reflect on their experiences undertaking feminist (inspired) research and navigating the academic environment in the past, present and foreseeable future.

The talk is aimed at HDRs and ECRs grappling with those questions and interested in using feminist ideas and language in their academic work

lha research hub (19.2072) 10 Sep 1230pm – 130pm

Lunch will be provided. Please click here to RSVP by 6 September if you would like to attend.


Join us at FRN’s Informal Planning Meeting 2018

The Feminist Research Network (FRN) is organising an informal planning meeting for Tuesday 28 August from 3.30 to 5.30 pm at LHA’s Research Hub (19.2072).

We would like to invite all FRN members and HDRs to a join us for a catch up session and to share any ideas about contributing to the FRN program, or events you would like to see FRN organise or run in the next 12 to 18 months.

As refreshments will be provided please RSVP (click here) by 24 August 2018 if you would like to attend.

If you are not able to attend but would like an update on the progress, please register your e-mail address by clicking here.

For more information, please contact Lisa at


Sara Ahmed Public Lecture

Sara Ahmed will be giving a public lecture at UOW on the 25th of October. The lecture is titled ‘Complaint as Diversity Work’ and will be of great interest to emotions researchers as well as those of us interested in topics such as gender, race and inequality. You can register for the event here. The event is co-sponsored by FRN, Contemporary Emotions Research Network (CERN) and Provocations.

The lecture explores how complaint can be understood as a form of diversity work, as what you have to do in order to make institutions more accommodating. Drawing on interviews with staff and students who have made complaints within universities (including complaints about racism, sexism, sexual harassment, and bullying) the lecture addresses the difficulty of making complaints and asks how and why complaints are often blocked. It explores how we learn about power from those who challenge power.

The CERN reading group will be hosting several meetings on Ahmed’s work in the weeks leading up to the event, and HDR students who attend these meetings will have the opportunity to meet with Ahmed in a special postgrad Q&A session. If you would like to participate in the reading group/Q&A, please email Jordan McKenzie ( to register your interest. 

Sara Ahmed is the author of 10 books including: Living a Feminist Life (2017), The Cultural Politics of Emotion (2014), Willful Subjects (2014), On Being Included: Racism and Diversity in Institutional Life (2012), and The Promise of Happiness (2010). Up until the end of 2016, Sara was Professor of Race and Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths, University of London and prior to that she was based in Women’s Studies at Lancaster University.

Guest Lecture by Kim Akass – ‘Killers, Thieves, and Perverts: The Women of Went Worth Correction Centre’

Kim Akass (University of Hertfordeshire) will be presenting a Guest Lecture on ‘Killers, Thieves, and Perverts: The Women of Wentworth Correction Centre’ on 11 April 4.30 – 6.30pm at LHA Research Hub (19.2072), co-hosted by the Feminist Research Network (FRN) and Research Centre for Critical Creative Practice (C3P). Refreshments will be provided after the lecture.

The female prisoners in the iconic Australian drama Prisoner: Cell Block H (1979-86), and its contemporary reboot, Wentworth (2013-), clearly bear the scars of their familial history. Prison guard or inmate, Governor or top dog, the women’s narratives are indelibly and inextricably linked to the way they were parented, and their parenting skills. It should be no surprise that with women front and centre, the focus should be on the domestic. This paper will argue that both Prisoner and Wentworth offer hitherto unseen perspectives on female causes of crime, how female crimes are shaped by the family, and how maternity is central to the lives of these women, whether mothers or not.

Kim Akass  is a Senior Lecturer in Film and TV in the School of Creative Arts at the University of Hertfordshire.  She has co-edited and contributed to numerous collections focusing on feminism and contemporary television, including Reading Sex and the City (2004), Reading The L Word: Outing Contemporary Television (2006) and Quality TV: Contemporary American TV and Beyond (2007). She is co-founding editor of the television journal Critical Studies in Television (MUP), and is currently researching the representation of motherhood on television for forthcoming book From Here to Maternity: Representations of Motherhood in the Media.

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