Curtin University Gender Research Network Newsletter 

May 2022, Issue 12
Dear All,

we hope you are managing to stay well and rested - especially at this very busy point in the academic year.

We also hope you are not feeling too buffeted by the waves of news with the upcoming election in Australia, the war in Ukraine and the vote in the US Supreme court to overturn the landmark Roe vs. Wade decision. The arguments and discourse surrounding these concern autonomy, the right to choose and why who holds this right is determined by historical, systemic and institutional inequities and injustices. As gender researchers we look to and for these and have the expertise to recognise the wider the impacts of legislation and governance decisions which will have regressive and negative impacts such as the for-the-moment shelved Religious Discrimination Bill 2021. However, within the logic of a neoliberal system we are often asked to quantify the impact of equity safeguards so as to make the action worthwhile - what is the economic benefit of a quota system, of meaningful and mandated Diversity and Equity training, of equal and diverse representation on Boards, panels, committees and in leadership? Often, being asked to place social justice in economic terms feels defeating and also makes us cringe. The reason why is simple: the cost is to human life, to daily comfort, to the capacity of someone to live safely and with dignity, and that does not have a direct value. Thus we ask, why is it that equity and equal representation or protection against sexual harassment only move from a "nice to have" to an essential when the financial reward is proven? This is an argument that those working in the areas of climate crisis, Native Title and First Nations justice have long dealt with. Working together we know that we can make a difference and that shift and change can happen.

In this context we direct your attention to the Tenth Hancock Lecture of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, "Horizons of national responsibility: law and the protection of life on a fossil-rich continent" (see details below). The lecture will be delivered by Dr Frances Flanagan (USyd) and she will locate our present struggles to limit fossil extraction within this wider history, to make a case for what is new and old about contemporary legal opposition to resource extraction in the name of future generations, and in doing so draw into sharp relief the kinds of protective legal foundations that will be required for addressing the distinctive spatial and temporal dimensions of the climate crisis. Frances is an interdisciplinary scholar who is interested in social cohesion and labour - with a particular focus on gender and care. 

We look forward to seeing you all at the first GRN General Meeting for 2022 on Thursday, 19 May 2022 (see details below). Thank you for your support and engagement, 

Samantha, Therese and Liz

Samantha Owen, Mandy Downing and Peta Dzidic at John Curtin Gallery for their talk: Finding Comfort in Dosconfort.
Look Slowly
By Jane King, Manager John Curtin Gallery

In last month’s newsletter I was moved to respond to the impassioned call for research at Curtin to be defined as slow scholarship and “…To recognise the moments and spaces taken to breathe, to offer kindness and to give room when needed. These should not be radical acts in the university – or indeed in life.”

Here at John Curtin Gallery we are investigating ways to introduce and think about ‘slow looking’ – taking time to really look at a piece of art, as an act of mindfulness. Too many of us race through exhibitions, pausing for a few moments in front of works that particularly catch our eye, and then promise ourselves to come back and have a proper look – which of course rarely happens. We console ourselves that, amidst our hectic schedules, at least we saw the exhibition!

The first Slow Art Day was celebrated in New York in 2008 and is now held in April each year with more and more museums and galleries participating. This global event seeks to draw attention to the need to slow down when looking at art, to linger and involve all your senses, to be mindful. To spend not 30 seconds but 10 minutes or more with one piece of art; to give it your full undivided attention. This mindfulness allows us to slow down our thoughts and to be fully in the present.

Next time you visit our gallery try this. Choose one piece and really give it all your attention. If you can, grab a seat, or sit on the floor – we won’t mind. Empty your mind and just look, look again. You will start to see subtle details, shades and tone, brush marks, the traces of the artist. When you return to your desk, I hope you will feel more energised and able to focus.

We are producing a series of postcards which feature artworks at the gallery and around the campus. We encourage you to search for these and practice your slow looking!

Explore current and upcoming exhibitions at John Curtin Gallery.
Lee, Lindy, “Moonlight After Rain” (detail), 2008
Gender Research Network Events

Annual Meeting of the Gender Research Network 
19 May 2022, 2-3:30pm, Teams meeting: To register your attendance email
The first GRN General Meeting of 2022 is open to all members of the Network and to those interested in the GRN and/or gender research.
1. Acknowledgement of Country, Welcome and apologies
2. Declaration of Conflicts of Interest
3. Leads Report Chair – Samantha Owen and Therese Jefferson
4. Gender Research Champions discussion
5. Sustainable Development Goals and the GRN Breakout activity
6. Other Business Chair – Samantha Owen
7. Close of Meeting

GRN Seminar Series: Including trans and gender diverse experiences in our approach to gender equality
As our understanding of gender evolves, so does our understanding that some people’s sex and gender do not align, and that gender exists outside of the gender binary. So how do we support gender equity for women while also acknowledging and supporting trans and gender diverse people who may have varying connections or disconnections to, and intersecting identities with womanhood? In this presentation, ECU's Professor Braden Hill, Dr Fiona Navin and Mx Stevie Lane will discuss the inclusion of trans and gender diverse experiences in conversations about gender equality, the importance of intersectionality, and the role universities play in educating for social justice and leading societal change. The session will be moderated by Curtin University Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging managers, Ms Pam Spencer and Ms Jacqui Pike.
Date: 2 June 2022, 2-3pm, WebEx. 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

EOIs: Would you like to present a joint GRN/JCG Artist talk? We are currently looking for people to respond to the following exhibitions:

1. Lindy Lee exhibition, Moon in a Dew Drop: present a gallery talk co-hosted by the GRN and JCG, June 2022. Contact: Liz Baca
2. Bec O’Neil, Soft/Hard: radical lover by R. Goo: present a gallery talk co-hosted by the GRN and JCG, , June 2022. Contact: Liz Baca or Lia McKnight and Jane King.

Expressions of Interest: 

Expressions of Interest are invited from researchers interested in gender research who would like hold the role of Gender Research Champion in the Gender Research Network. As detailed in the GRN Terms of Reference, the GRN Gender Research Champions will work with the GRN Academic Leads (Therese Jefferson and Samantha Owen) to help drive the achievement of the Network’s aims – as well as strategic research goals and objectives for the GRN.  

The Gender Research Champions will be appointed in line with the GRN membership guidance:  gender diversity; cultural and background diversity; campus, school and discipline mix. Support will come from the GRN funding allocation for Administrative and Research Support which is managed by the GRN Academic Leads.  

  • Candidates must hold a current, formal position at Curtin University 
  • Preference will be given to candidates with research or research and teaching positions 
  • Candidates should express a genuine and ongoing interest in gender research 
  • Endorsement from their relevant line or area manager is requested
Interested researchers should send a short (one-page) EOI outlining their potential contribution/s and short CV (3 pages max.) to Samantha Owen. 
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.

WHITE PAPER ON SINGAPORE WOMEN’S DEVELOPMENT: Towards a fairer and more inclusive societyy
By Professor Linley Lord

The Singapore Government recently released its WHITE PAPER ON SINGAPORE WOMEN’S DEVELOPMENT: Towards a fairer and more inclusive society. It is the first ever White Paper that addresses women’s issues in Singapore and it was endorsed by the Parliament in early April. The paper is the culmination of a series of dialogues completed in 2021 with over 6000 participants.

The White Paper details 25 action plans in five key areas and will be implemented over the next 10 years with a mid-point review scheduled for 2027. The five key areas are: Equal opportunities in the workplace, recognition and support for caregivers, protection against violence and harm, other support measures for women and mindset shifts.

Implementation will see the introduction of legislation in a number of areas including proposed workplace fairness legislation as well as a strengthening of penalties for acts of violence against women, an updating of the current Women’s Charter and the development of a national standard that takes into consideration the impact of gender on the design and performance of a product or service.

The White Paper signals an important step in achieving gender equality. Whilst it doesn’t address all the issues that were raised in the consultations it does at least provide a pathway to some significant changes if implemented effectively. Of note is that gender is considered only in binary terms, closing the gender pay gap is only partially addressed and there is little focus on older women. In their Omnibus submission, AWARE (Association of Women for Action and Research) highlighted gender-based and other forms of discrimination faced by pregnant women, disabled women, migrant women, single parents, LGBTQ+ persons and Muslim women. Some areas are addressed but the White Paper remains silent for example on discrimination against LGBTQ+ persons.

The implementation of the recommendations will present opportunities for collaboration, research that can further highlight the situation in Singapore as well as point to best practice elsewhere and evaluation of the effectiveness of actions taken. For example, one of the areas of focus is to increase women’s representation on boards in Singapore, an area of current research for Dr Tien Nguyen and Professor Linley Lord. The focus on workplace fairness links to work on wellbeing by Dr Adrian Tan and the need for effective responsible leaders aligns with work being undertaken by Dr Carolyn Koh and Dr Nik Chong.

Access the full document via Google Drive.

Gender affirmation support at Deakin University
In 2018, Deakin recognised the need for students and staff affirming their gender to have access to timely and personalised support. In the absence of managers or other staff with the confidence, skills and capability to support them, students and staff affirming their gender were left to advocate for themselves and repeatedly tell their story in order to update their records.

To address this, the Diversity Equity & Inclusion Division led a broad collaboration to develop the Gender Affirmation Procedure, which sets out the administrative and wellbeing supports for students and staff on their individual gender affirmation journeys.

Read how staff and students are supported on their gender affirmation journey at Deakin, the first Australian university to introduce gender affirmation leave. Link (requires login).
Curtin Events

Women in Research Webinar: Building A Higher Profile: How to Enhance Academic Impact
ARC Laureate Fellow Sharon Parker (Curtin University) will lead a discussion on how to grow your research academic impact such as your personal research reputation, citations, high quality research and profile. She will be joined by ARC Laureate Fellows, Professor Tamara Davis (University of Queensland) and Professor Kliti Grice (Curtin University) who will share their experience and strategies. This webinar is open to all women academics who engage in research as part of their role, Level A to Level E, across all disciplines and Universities/Research institutions.

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

The Red Witch: Nathan Hobby talks biography of Katharine Susannah Prichard
Novelist, journalist and activist Katharine Susannah Prichard found fame for her vivid novels that broke new ground depicting distinctly Australian ways of life and work, from Gippsland pioneers and West Australian prospectors to Pilbara station hands and outback opal miners. In this talk, author Nathan Hobby and Dr Kate Gregory discuss her remarkable life.

Date: 25 May 2022, 6-7pm AWST, State Library of Western Australia. Further information and registration via Eventbrite

Tenth Academy Hancock Lecture: Horizons of national responsibility: law and the protection of life on a fossil-rich continent
Presented by Dr Frances Flanagan, Sydney Fellow and Lecturer in Work and Organisational Studies at the University of Sydney. Bold and compelling visions now abound for Australia to become a renewable energy superpower. However, prospects of a timely, principled and definitive cessation of fossil fuel extraction seem bleak. Our environmental laws and institutions carry the heavy imprint of the age of fossil-based development in their orientation to managing the spatially and temporally- proximate impacts of extraction, rather than supporting the rapid and comprehensive winding down of industries that are incompatible with a safe climate. For some, Australia appears a polity fatally compromised by its fossil-fuelled and prosperous past, unable to craft an economic and social order around the imperative to protect life from climate chaos. In the face of the lack of effective legislative change, some have turned to the courts for relief. This lecture will consider and recast these recent efforts to use law to limit the expansion of fossil extraction in Australia within a longer history of 20th century cases that successfully interrupted resource extraction in the name of protecting life and its reproduction over time. 

Date: 31 May 2022, 5:30-6:45pm AEST. Further information and registration via Humanitix.

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

Special Issue for the Australian Journal of Management about “Accelerating Gender and Sexuality Inclusion in Organisations”
The Gender and Sexuality at Work Conference team are editing a Special Issue for the Australian Journal of Management about “Accelerating Gender and Sexuality Inclusion in Organisations”. They are looking for standard academic papers and teaching case studies. 

Submissions due 31 May 2022. Further details via University of Melbourne.

 Office for Women is recruiting for Senior Economists and Senior Advisers
There are several ongoing and non-ongoing positions available in the Women’s Economic Security Branch. The roles present an exciting opportunity to lead committed and passionate teams to advance gender equality and women’s economic security and wellbeing at a national level. It is a unique opportunity for skilled candidates to apply deep policy or economics expertise across the suite of Australian Government programs and policies, and lead Australia’s growing capability in gender impact analysis.

The roles are flexible and can be performed remotely from anywhere in Australia.  The recruitment process closes on 29 May.

Grateful if you could please share this opportunity with your networks.

Potential candidates who would like to have a confidential discussion about this opportunity can reach out to Jen Tan on or 02 6228 6939.

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.

2022 Gender and Sexuality at Work Conference
This #GSWC2022 has been designed to bring together talent from academia and the broader public and private sectors (both for-profit and not-for-profit) to participate in respectful, professional and rigorous debate about gender and sexuality at work.

Playlist via YouTube.

Acclaimed Documentaries for Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Line 137 is a stark Argentinian documentary that focuses in on the issue of domestic and gender-based violence, and the meticulous and unending work of a laudable social program to protect victims of abuse. Immersed in the middle of such interactions, the film captures how some abusive situations are all-consuming vortexes, very difficult to escape from. 

Obscuro Barroco is an exploration of contemporary Rio de Janeiro through the lens of gender and metamorphosis, and follows the late Luana Muniz, the famous activist and leader in the transgender community, through the dazzling backdrop of Rio Carnival. The film creates a vivid and contemplative tableau of gender, equality, politics and what it means to be oneself.

A Woman Captured is a sobering and emotional investigation of modern-day slavery that focuses on one Hungarian woman’s deplorable situation of domestic servitude and her desire to escape. The film shows how her true shackles are not physical but psychological, stemming from a history of abuse, forcing the viewer to contemplate the difficulties of escaping such situations.

Your Turn is an exposé of radical student activism in Brazil, offering a street-level view of the ramifications of austerity following the Great Recession that exposed the nerves of racial and class divisions. Reflecting the evolution of Brazil's political crisis in recent years, the film captures the collective voice of the student movement over public education, and illuminates its intersectionality.

Non Western is a heartfelt account that follows the relationship of a Native America man and a White American woman to explore the intersection of cultural norms, gender and race. Set in rural Montana and embedded in Cheyenne culture, the film aims to show that identity is a slippery ideal, especially in the face of romance.

Recent publications

Why don’t women get the cool jobs?
What to do differently so talented women advance to leadership in STEM sectors, according to women who are leading the way. Science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) industries are widely acknowledged as growth sectors. Today in Australia, women hold fewer than 10 percent of leadership positions in STEM related industries. This must change. In late 2021 Chief Executive Women brought women leaders in STEM together to discuss the barriers – and solutions – to increasing women’s leadership in these vital sectors. 

Read full report via Chief Executive Women.
Newsletter and Submission Deadline Calendar

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