Curtin University Gender Research Network Newsletter 

November 2022, Issue 17

Dear GRNers,

This is the point of the year when everything seems to move fast! We hope you are well. 

We recognise - and celebrate - Trans Awareness week (13-19 November) and offer our joy and support as allies of trans people. We also share awareness that trans and gender diverse people in our community can be subject to discrimination and attacks. We are committed to inclusive practice and the use of inclusive language. Minus 18 have provided a free digital ally toolkit here.

We stand in solidarity and sadness with the family of Cassius Turvey and offer support to those in our community related to and connected to the family of Cassius. All children should feel and be safe and protected. We also support the efforts of those raising our awareness about the conditions at Banskia Hill Juvenile Detention Centre and in Unit 18. We particularly recognise the work of Hannah McGlade. 

As we come to the end of the year we will have the final Gender Research Champions meeting this week. On 1 December 2022 we will be holding a meeting for all members of the network, and we ask you to please join us online (details below). We welcome agenda items for this meeting. We will also try to have an afternoon tea for the GRN just before shut down. We just feel conscious of trying to squash too many things into limited time! Finally, please join us for the final gender reading group for the year on 7 December. 

The end of the year also heralds a new phase of planning as we look toward 2023, when we are very fortunate to be funded once again. We have opened an EOI for a new Academic co-Lead for the GRN, and we invite you to apply. We are also in the process of scheduling the seminar series for 2023 and we would invite your ideas, suggestions and requests. Please send them to Samantha or Liz. 

Many thanks for your support, we look forward to seeing you at one of the end of year meetings, 

Samantha, Therese, and Liz

Gender Research Network events

GRN General Meeting
At the meeting we will discuss 2022 and plans for 2023, as well as new funding, and ask for feedback on what the GRN can do more of / less of and ways we might strengthen the network. We look forward to seeing you online.

Date: 1 December 2022, 11am-12 AWST, via Teams. Invitation has been circulated, please contact Liz to with enquiries.

GRN End of Year Catch Up
We are planning to organise a final catch up for Perth-based GRNers to see you all face to face. Join us in celebrating the end of the year!

Date: TBC. Invitation will be circulated shortly. Please contact Liz with enquiries.

GRN Gender Reading Group
The Curtin University Gender Research Network (GRN) Gender Reading Group seeks to encourage a culture of reading and critique, to help develop connection and community amongst GRNers across Curtin campuses. The group meets monthly online to engage in friendly discussion on seminal and more contemporary works on gender from a range of disciplines.

The next Reading Group session is scheduled to take place on December 7, 3:30pm-4:30pm AWST. To register your interest or for any further queries, please contact Liz.
Gender Research Network Opportunities

Academic Lead role, Gender Research Network (GRN)

Expressions of Interest are invited from Curtin University (early, mid and late-career) researchers committed to gender research who would like hold the role of Academic Lead, Gender Research Network (GRN). The new GRN Academic Lead will work with the current GRN Academic Lead (Samantha Owen, ongoing) and the new GRN Mentor (Therese Jefferson) as well as the Gender Research Champions, the Administrative Officer and the GRN membership to help drive the achievement of the Network’s aims, as well as strategic research goals and objectives.  

The GRN Academic Leads report to the Advisory Group (twice yearly) and to the GRN membership. The GRN Academic Lead will be appointed in line with the GRN membership guidance: gender diversity; cultural and background diversity; campus, school and discipline mix.  

The provisional term is 2 years and the buyout/workload allocation is 0.1-0.2 (open to negotiation with the other Academic Lead, the Advisory Group and line or area manager). Endorsement from the relevant line or area manager is requested. 

EOIs close COB 21 November 2022. Further information via Curtin Staff News.

Recent Achievements

ARC Centre of Excellence for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
The ARC Centre of Excellence for the Elimination of Violence Against Women at Monash University has recently been awarded $34.9k over seven years. Eliminating violence against women is one of the major challenges of the 21st century. Awareness of the problem has grown exponentially, but solutions to it have not. This Centre aims to transform our understanding of the problem by examining the structural drivers that cause and compound violence against women, and pioneering new, evidence-based approaches to radically improve policy and practice across Australia and the Indo-Pacific. The Centre mobilises survivor-centric and Indigenous methodologies, interdisciplinary collaborations, and Indo-Pacific partnerships to deliver scalable approaches to eliminate violence against women across the legal, security, economic, health, and political systems of Australia and the region.

Congratulations to Astghik Mavisakalyan. 
Recent Publications

Gender Lens on the October 2022-23 Budget
The first budget of the Albanese Government has signalled welcome changes in direction, particularly in moving toward an evidence-based Women’s Budget Statement and investment in projects that will work to mitigate climate change. It will take time for these initiatives to show changes in women’s economic wellbeing and safety, and this is recognised with costs, for example in child care, climate change and paid parental leave, being acknowledged as an investment in the future. In this edition of the Gender Lens, the National Foundation for Australian Women (NFAW) focused on the portfolio areas where the Government has made commitments during the election.

Read the full budget review via NFAW.

The 2nd Annual Report of the Standing Committee for Gender Equality in Science
The 2nd Annual Report of SCGES, the Standing Committee for Gender Equality in Science is now ready for circulation, shared by Emeritus Professor Cheryl Praeger. See what each international scientific union is, or is not, doing regarding the support of women in their scientific disciplines.

Access the report via Google Drive.

Trans Awareness Week (13-19 November 2022)
96% of trans and gender diverse young people will experience abuse due to their identity. But when a leader, like a teacher, uses inclusive language, rates of social exclusion are halved. One of the most important parts of being a trans ally is engaging in education. Celebrate trans and gender diverse pride, and learn how to be an ally with Minus 18.

Learn more and download the toolkit via Minus 18.
Past Gender Research Network Events

Please email to request a recording of the seminars or slides.

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)

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

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.

Señorita, Girl, Woman: Visualising Radicalism and Respectability in Interwar Spain presented by Dr Micaela Pattison

The Curriculum Queering Community of Practice presented by Dr Bri McKenzie

Parent’s Views on the Gendered Dynamics of Youth Social Media Use, Sexting, and Sexual Images: A Shift Needed from “Risk” to “Recourse” presented by Dr Amy Dobson

The Unfinished Business of Reproductive Justice: Histories and Futures of Abortion in the Age of Decriminalisation presented by Dr Catherine Kevin

Legacy, Letters, and Lunacy: Dickensian Afterlives Reimagined presented by Dr Kathryne Ford

Social Problems and Family Economics: Recalcitrant Poverty and New Household Economics in Context presented by Dr Miriam Bankovsky
Internal Events

Where To From Here – A Human Rights Approach to COVID-19
Curtin University’s Centre for Human Rights Education (CHRE) is pleased to present the 2022 Annual Human Rights Lecture. The Lecture, established in 2016, is a key initiative for the CHRE. This year it is being delivered by Samantha Connor, prominent disability rights advocate and activist.

"Australia’s public policy approach to the global pandemic is demonstrably not working. In order to save Australia, we must find balance. We must stop finding political solutions to health problems and start listening to those who value life as well as the economy. Most of all, we must apply a human rights lens to policy solutions to ensure those most at risk are not sacrificed to flawed ideas around ‘herd immunity’ or political pressure from business groups and political donors. Australia must apply a human rights lens to the COVID response before it is too late."

Date: 24 November, 12pm-1.30pm AWST. Further information and registration via Eventbrite

32nd Annual Silent Domestic Violence Memorial March

Curtin supports the WA Government’s annual 16 Days in WA – Stop Violence Against Women campaign which takes place from 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, to 10 December, Human Rights Day.

One of the key events of the 16 Days campaign is the 32nd Annual Silent Domestic Violence Memorial March on November 29 from 10.00am – 1.00pm in the Perth CBD. The event is to remember and honour all those killed in a domestic violence situation in WA in the last 12 months, followed by a silent march through the CBD.

Be There @ Curtin, which provides bystander training, has secured an information booth at the event that will be part of the Be There @ Curtin launch.  There will be buses to transport members of our community from campus to the CBD (and return) to participate in the march. A limited number of t-shirts will also be available for the march.

If this topic has raised any concerns for you, support is available at Curtin’s EAP provider Assure and at 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732).

Date: 29 November, 10am-1pm AWST. For further information and all other inquiries, email Robyn Westgate, Project Officer Family and Domestic Violence here.

Women in Physics Lecture – Impacts! Rocks from space colliding with planets
The Women in Physics Lecture Tour was established nationally in 1997 by the Australian Institute of Physics to promote the work of outstanding women in physics. The award aims to inspires future physicists by recognising and publicising significant contributions by a woman to advancing a field of physics. Curtin University is proud to host our own Associate Prof Katarina Miljkovic and celebrate her achievement as the winner of 2022 Women in Physics Lectureship. Only in the mid-20th century was it confirmed that impact craters are formed by meteorite strikes. Since then many space missions have mapped planetary surfaces and provided data about impact craters. Impacts have played a key role in the evolution of rocky planetary surfaces. Associate Professor Katarina Miljkovic will outline her work on physics behind the impact process and advance our understanding of the structure and evolution of the Solar System by using data from NASA's space missions she collaborates with.

Date: 1 December 2022, 5:30pm-7:40pm AWST, Elizabeth Jolley Lecture Theatre, Curtin University. Further information and registration via Eventbrite.

External Events

Embedding a Family Friendly Workplace Culture (Diversity Council Australia member event)
There is clear evidence that a family friendly workplace culture positively impacts the quality of work-life for people and contributes to the wider health and wellbeing of our society and economy; increasing productivity and reducing stress, absenteeism and gender inequality. Parents At Work in Collaboration with UNICEF Australia and 23 founding and supporting partner organisations, have come together to develop a set of National Work + Family Standards, and create the Family Friendly Workplaces certification for employers. Join DCA CEO Lisa Annese for the final Gender Equality Network event where she speaks to Parents At Work CEO Emma Walsh about the certification program and the best practice guidelines that support employees to meet their work, family and wellbeing needs, and hear from employers that have become accredited and the benefits they have experienced for both their organisation and their employees.

Date: 21 November 2022, 12:30pm-2pm AEDT. Further information and registration via DCA.

Maternal Health: The Hidden Public Health Epidemic
The ANU Gender Institute and Maternal Health Matters Inc. invite you to join online for the first of four seminars. Maternity and mothering are the unfinished business of feminism. Childbearing is an important rite of passage, with deep personal and cultural significance for a woman and her family. The experience of maternity care has the potential to empower and comfort or to inflict lasting physical, psychological and emotional trauma. The events surrounding pregnancy, birth and postnatal care will influence a woman’s mothering career, her future health and the health of her baby... There are significant concerns about a continuing medicalization of birth that is leading to poor outcomes for women and their families, conditions that are exacerbated by financial pressures and adjustment issues for couples in the early years after the birth.

Date: 21 November 2022, 6pm-7:30pm AEDT. Further information and registration via Eventbrite.

The Conversation Yearbook, 2022: Reckoning with Power and Privilege
Join Carmen Lawrence, Professor Emerita at School of Psychological Science, UWA, and Chair of the Conservation Council of WA; Tama Leaver, Professor of Internet Studies at Curtin University; and Sharna Walley, Manager of the Kulbardi Aboriginal Centre at Murdoch University, as they explore the potent forces that continue to shape our world and how those with the privilege of power don’t always prevail. The panel discussion will be chaired by the book’s editor, The Conversation’s Michael Hopkin.

Date: 22 November 2022, 6pm-7:30pm, Kim E. Beazley Lecture Theatre, Murdoch University. Further information and registration via Eventbrite.

Extractive Industries and Postcolonial Masculinities
This one-day workshop focuses on the changing masculinities in the postcolonial Asia-Pacific, focusing on the extractive industry. In this region, the historical relationships between colonisers and colonised have changed, and new interactions and social connections are occurring between locals and foreign employees, including non-Westerners and Westerners. Consequently, it might be necessary to analyse the masculinities of mining operations and mineworkers in ways that depart from the predominately linear and binary paradigms. How can we imagine masculinities that are characterised by hybridity, fluidity and adaptability, and bring to the forefront the experiences and views of local people and foreign workers who share the same space? The postcolonial setting, where navigating masculinities entails much more than simply adopting Western values, products and emulating ways of life, allows individuals of diverse ethnicities and cultures to be able to influence one another in ways that necessitate new modes and techniques of knowing than earlier studies have indicated.

Date: 1 December 2022, 9am-5pm AEDT. Further information and registration via Eventbrite.

External CFPs, Submissions and Opportunities

Pacific Women Lead at SPC Grants
Grants for Pacific Island governments: PWL at SPC is offering direct funding and technical support to Pacific Island Government members (Stream A). This support will be determined in collaboration with member Governments. 

Grants for civil society and other organisations: PWL at SPC is offering multi-year grants (up to 2.5 years) of between AUD$100,000 and 500,000 in financial support to civil society organisations including women’s groups; social enterprises; academic or research institutions; Statutory and State institutions; and national and regional coalitions for their gender equality initiatives (Stream B).

EOIs close 6 December 2022. Further information via Human Rights and Social Development.

National Centre’s 2022 Competitive Grants Round
The National Centre for Action on Child Sexual Abuse (the National Centre) has a vision of a community in which children are safe, and victims and survivors of child sexual abuse across the lifespan are supported to heal and recover. To support this vision, they are looking to fund a range of short-medium and longer-term projects on the research to quality improvement continuum which align with the critical challenges that they believe must be addressed to achieve change.

Applications close 16 December 2022. Further information via NCACSA.

Women’s Grants for a Stronger Future Program (Reminder)

The Department of Communities is currently seeking applications for the Women’s Grants for a Stronger Future Program for 2022-2023. Funding for the Department of Communities-led Program has been increased this year from $85,000 to $335,000 to provide more opportunities to support a wider range of initiatives that advance gender equality and build a better, fairer and more equitable WA community. Projects with a particular focus on supporting Aboriginal women’s leadership and older women will be encouraged, as will projects that support the implementation of the recommendations of the Respect@Work: National Inquiry into Sexual Harassment in Australian Workplaces.

Applications close 23 November 2022. Further information via WA Gov.

Call for Papers: Feminist Frontiers
Feminist Frontiers is devoted to advancing cutting-edge, feminist knowledge in the field of organization and management studies. As part of this endeavor, we invite full papers engaging with feminist theories and methodologies within the aims and scope of Gender, Work & Organization. We also welcome shorter papers, reflections, and alternative narratives that serve as expressions of feminist activism in novel, creative and/or provocative ways. At Feminist Frontiers, we are happy to be surprised about what feminist research and writing can be and look like, and seek to make space for multiplicity to be voiced and embraced.

  • Feminist Agendas for the Climate Emergency: calling for papers, short pieces, alternative narratives that discuss how to best organize for a global social and environmental emergency with dispersed local effects. Full details available via Wiley.
  • Race and Racism: calling for papers, short pieces, alternative narratives that discuss race and racism in the context of our work and lives. More information via Wiley.
  • Feminism in Pandemic times: Reflections and Experiences around COVID-19 and Beyond: calling for papers, short pieces, alternative narratives that discuss how the current pandemic we are living through affects our lives and livelihoods. More information via Wiley.
Newsletter and Submission Deadline Calendar

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