Curtin University Gender Research Network Newsletter 

June 2022, Issue 13

Dear GRNers,

We hope you are well. As I write to you I am listening to the rain that comes with Makuru, the Season of Fertility, and the coldest and wettest season. I do so sitting on the unceded country of the Whadjuk Noongar people who so generously share with us philosophical, technological and scientific knowledges, which were subjugated by colonisers, and which they have kept alive. I pay my respects to these people and to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples across Australia. How we do so is something that I have been reflecting on in the past fortnight as we have recognised National Sorry Day and National Reconciliation week.

National Sorry Day is held on 26 May and commemorates the day Bringing Them Home  was tabled in Parliament in 1997. The report is a result of a Government Inquiry into policies which ordered the forcible removal of Indigenous children from their families. The symbol for National Sorry Day is the native cotton flower, a hardy flower that survives in most climates and which is a soft purple, indicating compassion and spiritual healing. At Curtin a number of events jointly hosted for the first time by the Cultural Capability team, the Guild and Centre for Aboriginal Studies were held for National Sorry Day. After lunch a Yarning Story-telling was led by two members of the Cultural Capability team: Whadjuk Noongar woman, Jayde Conway and Noongar man, Elisha Jacobs-Smith. With characteristic generosity they shared the stories of their families and their grandparents. Writing on the experience afterwards Jayde sent this for me to share:

"Being asked to reflect on National Sorry Day is often a request that has so many layers or simplicity and at the same time complexities.  It gives the opportunity for friends, colleagues and other community members to acknowledge members of Stolen Generations and the journeys that have occurred to try and heal from and overcome the hurt. However, this is one day, a small piece in the much bigger picture that is my grandmother’s story, my grandfather’s story and the story of so many others that impacts many aspects of our everyday lives.  This year was the first year I shared my grandparents story in a public forum and it felt empowering to honour them this way."

Since its institution in 1996, National Reconciliation week has run 27 May to 3 June, spanning two significant dates in Australian history: to open, the 1967 Constitutional referendum which gave the Commonwealth the power to make laws for “Aboriginals” and to count First Nations people in the census, and, to close, the landmark Mabo decision which overturned the myth of terra nullius, recognised the pre-colonial existence of Indigenous people and laid the groundwork for the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth). The theme this year was “Be Brave. Make Change”  and, as Dr Carly Steele put it to us in a research forum, it is a challenge to us all to “tackle the unfinished business of reconciliation”.

It is this unfinished business that Jayde referred to in her reflection, and which the newly appointed Dean of Indigenous Futures in the Faculty of Humanities, Yindjibarndi woman, Mandy Downing, picked up on in a recent email exchange: “The irony of Sorry Day being separate to National Reconciliation Week is not lost on me. I find it troubling that we reflect on Sorry Day and yet choose not to action the largely unmet 54 recommendations of the Bringing them Home Report. Then we wake up the next day and its Reconciliation Week.”

Here Downing takes us to a debate about responsibilities and legacies and reminds us of a brutal reality: an inquiry into past policies does not mean that the practices are not carried through into our present, in other words continued practices of child removal stand as one example of the ways in which self-determination of First Nations peoples – and reconciliation – is limited despite Mabo and the 1967 Constitutional Referendum. It is these issues which are given acute attention in the work of Assoc. Prof. Hannah McGlade. A member of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, McGlade sat at the 21st Forum in New York in May which called on national governments and global institutions to work harder to support and protect Indigenous lives and land. The Forum also announced that the United Nations’ Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples will visit Australia for the first time and while here they will look at human rights issues affecting Indigenous people as well as child removals.

As National Reconciliation week ends, Pride Month begins, this year with the slogan: “Be Brave, Be Strong, Be You”. As we shift perspective slightly, or widen perspective, the personal again meets the political, and we are reengaged on issues of autonomy and agency – on bodies and ways of being which can be seen, heard, included and engaged in a public and civic spaces, an issue which was only too real with the proposed Religious Discrimination Bill 2022. Soft/Hard: radical love by R. Goo opened this month at John Curtin Gallery. Taking pieces from the Curtin collection, the late multidisciplinary trans artist, Bec O’Neil, engaged the theme, ‘Queering the Gallery.’ The 40 pieces in the exhibition cover 50 years of art history and include artists such as Sidney Nolan, Lisa Reihana and Theo Costantino, who has written the exhibition essay, as they explore trauma, queerness, alternate histories and futures. As we view them O’Neill urges us to accept ourselves, however we are, and to do the same for those around us, a beautiful vision for us to take with us through Makuru.

Samantha, Therese and Liz
Samantha Owen and Jayde Conway on Sorry Day
Gender Research Network Events

GRN Seminar Series: The Curriculum Queering Community of Practice
The Curriculum Queering Community of Practice is an interdisciplinary, interuniversity collective of academic and professional staff and education graduates working in primary, secondary and tertiary education settings. Their role is to stimulate discussion, networking and share research and best-practice on LGBTQIA+ inclusive teaching and learning at all levels. Join Dr Bri McKenzie for a relaxed chat about the Community of Practice, learn about some of the current research projects underway and share your thoughts about the future direction of LGBTQIA+ inclusive education in Australia.
Date: 22 June 2022, 2:30-3:30pm, 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


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,  Mandy Downing, Peta Dzidic, P. and Samantha Owen at the John Curtin Gallery,  4 May 2022, 12.30pm – 1.30pm. 
All influenced by the works of bell hooks, Downing, Dzidic and Owen join to deliver an artist talk entitled Finding Comfort Through Discomfort. The talk serves to illuminate intersections between hooks' work and that of acclaimed British film maker and installation artist, Isaac Julien, both of whom challenge audiences to think critically about gender, race, and their intersection.

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.
Curtin Events

Women in Research Webinar 14: Making a difference: How to enhance the impact of your research beyond academia
From a career perspective, practical and policy-oriented impact can boost a researcher’s reputation, lead to more research opportunities and help to secure funding. But how can you increase your opportunity for impact beyond academia when you are still at the beginning of your research journey? How can you best communicate your findings and convince your key stakeholders that they will benefit from your research? How might you influence policy and practice? ARC Laureate Fellow Professor Sharon Parker (Curtin University) will lead a discussion on increasing research impact beyond academia. She will be joined by ARC Laureate Fellow Professor Kliti Grice (Curtin University) and ARC Centre Director Professor Janeen Baxter (University of Queensland) who will share strategies on developing impact from both STEM and social sciences perspectives, respectively.

Date: 15 June 2022, 11am-12pm AWST. Further information and registration via Microsoft Teams.
External Events

Aotearoa Gender History Network – June Seminar
Speakers and topics include Rebecca Rice, ‘Getting their boots dirty: Women’s botanical publications in 19th-century Aotearoa New Zealand and the Pacific’ and Matt Basso, ‘Family or Empire? Settler Masculinity and the Question of Protection During World War One’.

Date: 15 June 2022, 12pm-1pm NZT. Registration via Zoom.

ADCET Webinar: LGBTIQ+ inclusive practices for people with disability
The Australian Disability Clearinghouse on Education and Training (ADCET) is presenting the LGBTIQ+ inclusive practices for people with disability webinar. Dr Lynn Jarvis, Chief Executive Officer from Working It Out (WIO) will provide an introduction to the issues facing LGBTIQ+ people with disability and the ways inclusive practices can make a difference. Topics include: understanding LGBTIQ+ language and terminology, affirming LGBTIQ+ identities for people with disability, engaging respectfully with LGBTIQ+ people with disability, and embedding LGBTIQ+ inclusive practices into everyday behaviours.

Date: 16 June 2022, 11am-2pm AWST, via Zoom. Further information and registration via ADCET.

Diversity Leadership Program: Embedding Equitable Flexibility
As we return to COVID-normal, are we in danger of creating a two-class system where those who return to face-to-face work leave behind those who continue to work virtually? The pandemic has underlined the benefits of hybrid and remote work but less is understood about the impact of a lack of face-time and visibility on collaboration, inclusion and progression and how this might impact particular diversity groups more. Ensuring leaders understand how to manage staff with differing work arrangements inclusively is going to be key. At this Diversity Leadership Program event, we will discover how organisations can create more equitable hybrid work models.

Date: 28 June 2022, 2:30pm-4:00pm AEST. Further information and registration via Diversity Council Australia.

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

Position available: Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor in Environmental Policy
The Fenner School of Environment and Society is looking for an Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor in Environmental Policy. We are seeking an outstanding mid-career academic to contribute to the School’s research, education and impact in the field of environment policy. The successful candidate will contribute to curriculum renewal and lead courses relevant to environment policy. The position is a continuing Level C/D. We are looking for a candidate with an excellent capacity for collaborative research and outreach, a passion for teaching, and an inter-disciplinary approach to building partnerships for research and impact on environment policy. This role is also specifically available for women. Women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and LGBTQ+ women are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applications close 19 June 2022, 11:55PM AEST. Further information via ANU.

Diversity Council Australia Inclusive Workplace survey
Are you experiencing difficulties finding suitable candidates and filling positions in your organisation? What factors do you think are contributing to this? Or, have you recently applied for a job? Do you feel like the process was bias-free? Answer these and other important questions in a survey dedicated to building inclusive recruitment capabilities in Australian organisations.

Survey closes 23 June 2022. Further information via DCA.

‘Narratives of Wellbeing’ Symposium CFP To extend scholarly conversations on the subject of ‘Wellbeing’, the Narratives of Wellbeing symposium (1-2 September 2022, La Trobe University and online) and edited volume will critically examine wellbeing through a narrative framework. This interdisciplinary symposium and edited volume will bring together researchers who approach wellbeing from a range of perspectives, including: sociology; politics; anthropology; linguistics; history; Indigenous studies; philosophy; religious studies; development studies; and gender, sexuality and diversity studies. They welcome paper proposals on topics including, but not limited to: historical narratives about wellbeing; competing scripts about wellbeing; wellbeing as narrated in different disciplinary traditions; the strategic use of wellbeing narratives; power and inequality in the articulation of wellbeing; and the therapeutic possibilities of narrativising wellbeing.
Abstracts due 30 June 2022. Further information via Narratives of Wellbeing.

Call for Papers: The Australasian Journal of Popular Culture
The Australasian Journal of Popular Culture is a peer-reviewed journal devoted to the scholarly understanding of the artefacts and social practices that are produced and are circulated in everyday life. They are seeking articles for their next issue on the following topics:
- self-representation on social media
- representations of disability and neurodiversity in popular culture
- re-inventions of genre and viewership/readership in popular culture
- alternative realities and modes of storytelling in video games
- online fandoms and identity

Submissions due 10 July 22. Further details and submission guidelines via Intellect Books.

SAGE Cygnet Awards
Applications for the first SAGE Cygnet Awards are now open and a number of SAGE subscribers have already notified their intention to submit an application in 2022. This is an important milestone for Australia’s pathway to the Athena Swan Silver Awards. Over the course of their Bronze Award validity period, SAGE institutions apply for five Cygnet Awards. In each Award application, institutions are required to report on the progress, outcomes and impact they achieved for one key priority area. SAGE Cygnet Award applications can be submitted at any time during the seven-year Bronze Award validity period. If your institution is intending to apply for a Cygnet Award, please communicate your intention to submit 10 weeks ahead of submission.

Further details.

When it comes to gender and sexuality, folks can experience many intersections of identity such as religion, cultural background and disability. However, there are also further fascinating trends within the boundaries of gender and sexuality. Specifically, the link between bisexuality and non-binary identities. Misty Farquar, researcher at The Curtin Centre for Human Rights Education, joined Sophie Minnisale for The Agenda to unpack the latest findings.

Listen to the conversation via RTR FM.

Newsletter and Submission Deadline Calendar

4 July 2022 [6 July 2022]

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