Curtin University Gender Research Network Newsletter 

July 2022, Issue 14

Dear GRNers,

14 July is International Non-Binary People's Day, a day to celebrate and raise awareness of diverse genders and the issues that non-binary people face. “Non-binary” people identify as  something other than the binary identities "man" or "woman". While cultural and formal recognition of non-binary genders continues to grow, misconceptions and misunderstandings around non-binary gender still exist. There are many useful resources that can provide a better understanding of non-binary gender, and how to recognise and acknowledge non-binary genders individually and within organisations and institutions. These include ECU’s Inclusive Language Guide, Non-Binary 101 by Many Genders One Voice, and Stonewall UK’s 10 Ways to Step Up as an Ally to Non-Binary People. To learn how misrecognition and erasure via the binary feels, we can engage with the work of those like Professor Sandy O'Sullivan (Wiradjuri, trans they/them) who never fail to draw our attention to the necessary and ongoing struggle for autonomy in violent colonial settler states.

Another expression of that violence is in actions taken around reproductive justice and regulation. This is explicitly considered in the work on race, racism and reproduction by Cassandra Byrnes and it sat at the forefront of the actions taken by those such as Assoc. Prof. Catherine Kevin, founding member of the the South Australian Abortion Action Coalition (saaac), which successfully campaigned from 2015 to decriminalise abortion in SA. The momentous gain the resulting 2021 legislation represented, as well as how tenuous the protections it offers it could be, has been foregrounded in recent months as we begin to consider the insidious ramifications of the US Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade.
Thank you to those who continue to work for social justice, and who remain committed to equity and inclusion in all places,

Samantha, Therese and Liz

Gender Research Network Events

GRN Seminar Series: Women in top positions and their effects on the Sustainability Development Goals
Presented by Nigar Sultana.
Date: 18 August 2022, 1:00-2:00pm, via Teams. To register your attendance email

GRN Gender Reading Group
The Curtin University Gender Research Network (GRN) Gender Reading Group seeks to encourage encourage a culture of reading and critique, to help develop connection and community amongst fourth year undergraduate research and post-graduate research students across Curtin campuses. The group will meet monthly online to engage in friendly discussion on seminal and more contemporary works on gender from a range of disciplines.

To register your interest for the next session, email

Recent publications

Curtin Open Knowledge Initiative: "Changing the Academic Gender Narrative through Open Access" 
"Do dominant narratives of research excellence mask the achievements of women? Does data about institutional demographics and #openacces publications tell a different story about the roles that women play as pioneers and practitioners of open scholarship?"
Wilson, Katie, Chun-Kai Huang, Lucy Montgomery, Cameron Neylon, Rebecca N. Handcock, Alkim Ozaygen, and Aniek Roelofs. 2022. "Changing the Academic Gender Narrative through Open Access" Publications 10, no. 3: 22. 

Curtin Open Knowledge Initiative Gari Yala (Speak the Truth) Gendered Insights
In 2020, the Gari Yala project documented the workplace experiences and recommendations of over 1,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workers. This follow-up report analyses the original survey results by gender. The findings reveal that Indigenous women who are carers are experiencing ‘triple jeopardy’ - that is, the combination of these three aspects of their identity are amplifying their experiences of discrimination and exclusion at work. These Indigenous women with caring responsibilities are:
  • more likely to feel unsafe in the workplace,
  • more likely to carry extra expectations to make their workplace culturally sensitive and engaged, and
  • less supported when they encounter racism and unfair treatment.
The 2021 gendered Gari Yala report also highlights the need for managers to create safe workplaces for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workers. Leading organisations who prioritise inclusion and diversity see less staff turnover and higher rates of employee satisfaction for Indigenous staff.

This report is a collaboration between the UTS Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education and Research, the Diversity Council Australia (DCA) and the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA).
Access the full report via Diversity Council Australia.

Prejudice Rules: LRB contributors on the overturning of Roe v. Wade
Featuring essays written by Elif Batuman, Edna Bonhomme, Hazel V. Carby, Linda Colley, Meehan Crist, Anne Enright, Lorna Finlayson, Lisa Hallgarten and Jayne Kavanagh, Sophie Lewis, Maureen N. McLane, Erin Maglaque, Gazelle Mba, Azadeh Moaveni, Toril Moi, Joanne O’Leary, Niela Orr, Lauren Oyler, Susan Pedersen, Jacqueline Rose, Madeleine Schwartz, Arianne Shahvisi, Sophie Smith, Rebecca Solnit, Alice Spawls, Amia Srinivasan, Chaohua Wang, Marina Warner, Bee Wilson, and Emily Witt
Access full article via London Review of Books.
Curtin Events

Small Wins Series: Organisational Strategies, Policies and Practices for Supporting Women in Research
What can we and others in power do to better support women researchers at the level of the department or university? What recruitment, flexible work arrangements or other practices and policies make a difference to the careers and lives of women researchers, and how can we help? Professor Peter Taylor, a former ARC Laureate Fellow at the University of Melbourne (UoM) will share the experience of UoM’s School of Mathematics and Statistics when it advertised female-only continuing positions back in 2016. 
Host of the Women in Research 'Small wins' webinar series, ARC Laureate Fellow and John Curtin Distinguished Professor Sharon Parker from Curtin University will share some of the research evidence around what organisational strategies make a difference to women’s experiences and careers.

Date: 21 July 2022, 10am-11am AWST. Further information and registration via Teams.

Soft / Hard: radical love by R. Goo
Drawing from the Curtin University Art Collection, Soft/Hard: radical love by R. Goo responds to the theme of ‘Queering the Gallery’ through the unique perspective of the late multidisciplinary trans artist, Bec O’Neil, who worked under the pseudonym ‘R. Goo’. Through the Curtin Bachelor of Fine Art student placement program, he worked closely with the Collection in 2021. More recently, Collection Manager Lia McKnight has worked collaboratively with artist Beth Scholey to bring the exhibition to fruition. O’Neil’s art practice explored trauma, queerness, alternate histories and futures and these themes are similarly drawn out in his curatorial approach to this exhibition. Covering a diverse range of media and approaches, there are close to 40 works created over a period of 50 years, many of which have not previously been shown at the John Curtin Gallery. Artists include Olga Cironis, Theo Costantino, Sidney Nolan, Lisa Reihana, Joan Ross, Christian Thompson, and Aida Tomescu. Drawing them all together is O’Neil’s vision of acceptance of ourselves and others in whatever shape or form we take.

Date: 3 June-28 August 2022. Further details via John Curtin Gallery.

MULTI-DISCIPLINARY RESEARCH PLENARY: Decent Work, Health, Safety and Environment
Plenary for HDR Students, ECRs and Researchers interested in multi-disciplinary employment relations, work health and environment research, held at Curtin Graduate School. Panellists include Dr Tom Barrett, Labour Geography and Employment Relations, University of Western Australia; Professor Tim Bentley, Centre for Work and Wellbeing, Edith Cowan University; Professor John Burgess, Centre for Organisational Change and Agility, Torrens University; Associate Professor Caroline Fleay and Dr Lisa Hartley, Centre for Human Rights Education, Curtin Gender Research Network, Curtin University; Emeritus Professor Michael Quinlan, Work, Health and Safety, University of New South Wales. Moderated by Associate Professor Kantha Dayaram, Curtin University.

Date: 10 August 2022, 2:00pm-4:00pm AWST. Further details and registration via Eventbrite.
Past Gender Research Network Events

Navigating the academic journey as a Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) woman presented by Professor Jaya Dantas and Dr Siddier Chambers
Watch the WebEx recording.

Understanding Gender Diversity summary (written by MX Misty Farquhar)
Please email to request a recording of the seminar or the slides.

In conjunction with Global Campuses Brown Bag Seminar Series: Capitalising on Board Gender Diversity: The Mediating Effect of Board Capital Diversity on the Relationship between Board Gender Diversity and Firm Performance presented by Dr Tien Nguyen
Watch the WebEx recording.

Changing the academic gender narrative through open access presented by Dr Katie Wilson
Watch the WebEx recording.

A Conversation on Emotional Silence presented by Dr Sally Lamping and Dr Saul Karnovsky
Watch the WebEx recording.

In conjunction with Athena SWAN: Career Break Management presented by Professor Helen Hodgson – ATHENA Swan Provost Fellow
Watch the WebEx recording.

Gender Through the Ages presented by Dr Joanne McEwan
Watch the recording.

Mauritius: A Gendered Landscape presented by Dr Myriam Blin
Watch the recording.

A Conversation with Professor Iain McCalman and Professor Andrea Gaynor
Please email to request a recording of the seminar.

"Finding Comfort Through Discomfort", Isaac Julien at the Perth Festival presented by Mandy Downing, Peta Dzidic, P. and Samantha Owen at the John Curtin Gallery

Including trans and gender diverse experiences in our approach to gender equality presented by ECU's Professor Braden HillDr Fiona Navin and Mx Stevie Lane
Watch the recording.
External Events

#FEAS Unfinished Business | 2022
#FEAS: UNFINISHED BUSINESS at ECU Galleries features the archive of #FEAS Feminist Educators Against Sexism alongside work by Australian feminist artists. The exhibition brings into focus a lineage of activist feminist art to invite thinking with practices that interrupt white patriarchal heteronormative narratives. The concept of an expanded zine connects the works, with ‘pages’ forming in vastly different ways. The exhibition offers irreverent, furious, funny, and tender insights toward connected and equitable feminist futures, unfinished…

Feminist Educators Against Sexism #FEAS, is an international feminist collective committed to developing interventions into sexism in the academy and other educational spaces. They use a mix of humour, irreverence, arts practices as well as collective action to interrupt and disarm both everyday and institutional sexism within Higher Education and other spaces. They are based in Naarm and Boorloo and you can follow them on Facebook and other socials.

Date: 29 June-28 July. Event details and registration via ECU.

Research Launch - She's Price(d)less
KPMG, the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) and DCA are holding a special event to launch the fourth in their important series of research reports on the gender pay gap. She’s Price(d)less is the only analysis of its kind in Australia that investigates the contributing drivers of the gender pay gap to explain why the gender pay gap exists, and where it needs to be addressed the most. This fourth iteration builds on prior editions and provides new analysis of the drivers of the gender pay gap in Australia; detailed industry profiles revealing significant differences across industries; and analysis of the impact of closing the gender pay gap.

Date: 13 July, 2022, 2:30pm-4:00pm AEST. Further information and registration via Diversity Council Australia.

Gender & Cultural Diversity in Politics: Australia, Asia & the Pacific
Research that helps us understand and overcome the lack of gender diversity in politics is dominated by studies from Euro-America. Theories, concepts and analytical frames developed from a small number of country contexts are applied to the ‘rest of the world’. This workshop aims to turn this production of knowledge on its head, centring scholarship about gender and politics from Asia and the Pacific to rethink the certainties as to what is known, the theoretical and conceptual tools we use, and the research directions we pursue. This two-day workshop will bring together scholars/researchers/practitioners working on gender and politics across Asia and the Pacific (including Australia) to engage in inter-disciplinary dialogue about gender, political leadership, representation and participation.

Date:13 July-15 July 2022. Registration via ANU.

Aotearoa Gender History Network – July Seminar
Speakers and topics include Sam Iti Prendergast, ‘Dreaming Sovereign Futures in Aotearoa and Hawai’i: Rihi Puhiwahine and Haunani-Kay Trask’’ and Emma Powell and Inano Walter, ‘Va’ine Māori: Narration, agency and relationality’.

Date: 27 July 2022, 12pm-1pm NZT. Registration via Zoom.

The Ediths: Responsive Roundtable Series 2022 - Reactivating Ecologies
Building on the Responsive Roundtable Series 2021: Ecologies in-the-making, this series continues to think-with Isabelle Stengers’ (2005) proposition that ecology of practices is a tool for thinking through the present ecological and climate crisis we are facing. In the spirit of Stengers’ scholarship, this Responsive Roundtable Series 2022: Reactivating Ecologies features respondents from art, science, and education to approach practices “ they diverge, with attention and appreciation to difference(s)” (Stengers, 2005, p.192). These various responses bring us together for cultivating “other ways of trusting the world” (Papadopoulos et al., 2022, p. 32).

This 2022 series has a focus on the deep reading of a single text, Reactivating Elements: Chemistry, Ecology, Practice edited by Dimitris Papadopoulos, María Puig de la Bellacasa and Natasha Myers. Each Roundtable will begin with a 10-15 minute “reading along and reading aloud” of the Introduction (free and accessible here https:// in a practice inspired by Ecofeminist Fridays.

This time of shared “reading along and reading aloud” will be followed by interdisciplinary responses to a selected chapter from Reactivating Elements: Chemistry, Ecology, Practice. A Roundtable discussion will follow, with the intention of learning how to dialogue across difference(s) and of thinking together.

Further information via The Ediths.
External CFPs, Submissions and Opportunities

Disability Leadership Program 2022
The Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Australian Network on Disability are partnering to support leaders with disability by providing an opportunity to uplift their governance knowledge. In the first round of the national Disability Leadership Program (DLP), 85 full-fee scholarships are being funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services. Scholarship recipients will undertake the Company Directors Course or the Foundations of Directorship course at AICD. Successful applicants will be provided with a number of course dates between November 2022 and June 2023 from which to choose.

Submissions close 24 July 2022, 11:59 AEST. Further information and application via Australian Scholarships Foundation.

Leadership Scholarships for Women in Education
Advance your career with an education sector women's leadership scholarship. Providing world-class leadership development programs for women at all stages of their careers, Women & Leadership Australia brings together the latest in leadership theory and practice with a focus on applied learning, building networks and a flexible, part-time delivery to fit in with your schedule. Partial scholarships of $1000-$5,000 are available to help women in select industries participate in our world-class leadership courses.

Applications close 9 September 2022. Further information and application via Women & Leadership Australia.

Call for Abstracts: Research Handbook on Gender and Employment Relations
A handbook on gender and employment relations is essential for academics, students and policymakers. However, such a text has not been published in the last decade despite ways of working, economies, societies, gender identities and relations, and theories of gender and work developing considerably. Edward Elgar Publishing has committed to publishing a research handbook on gender and employment relations led by a team of international academics.

Abstracts due 16 September 2022. Further information via UNSW.

Call for Submissions: Bulletin of Applied Transgender Studies (BATS) 
BATS offers a platinum open access forum for research of all theoretical and methodological approaches oriented toward the identification, analysis, and improvement of the material conditions of transgender life. BATS publishes timely research focused on identifiable and pragmatic social, cultural, and political issues of relevance to transgender people, both at the individual and collective level. The journal welcomes research from diverse theoretical and methodological approaches, and from all contextual areas.

First issue and submission guidelines via BATS.
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