We pay our respects to the Whadjuk Noongar people on whose Country we live and work, to Elders, past and present and to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. We wish to acknowledge the cultural, philosophical, technological and scientific knowledges of First Nations people in Australia and we recognise that these knowledges were subjugated in the violence of settler colonialism. We thank them for keeping these knowledges alive.
Curtin University Gender Research Network Newsletter 

September 2022, Issue 15

Dear GRNers,
We hope you are well.
This month we would like to draw your attention to two important surveys.
First, Women’s Health and Family Services are conducting a menopause survey – with a particular focus on menopause in the workplace: . WHFS is a not-for-profit which has been operating in Western Australia since 1977. They provide  programs and services including medical, counselling, drug and alcohol support, domestic violence, mental health and other health services for women and their families.
Second, is advance notice of a survey to assist with the data collection for the ARC Discovery Project Understanding and Addressing Everyday Sexisms in Australian Universities (DP210101258), which we hope will soon be distributed. Led by Associate Professor Jacqueline Ullman, Professor Mindy Blaise and Dr Emily Gray with Emma Fishwick, this project aims to understand how everyday sexisms contribute to structural gender-based discrimination across individual academics’ experiences, the disciplines and Australian universities more broadly. The research team has developed a multi-phased and multi-method approach to data collection in order to achieve the following objectives:

  1. Gather and examine evidence on how everyday sexisms contribute to gender-based discrimination across the individual, discipline and university levels; 
  2. Take a situated, intersectional, and creative approach to the definition and description of everyday sexisms to investigate and better articulate different experiences of individuals with diverse  identities;
  3. Devise practical strategies for recognising, addressing and challenging everyday sexisms in the workplace; and
  4. Develop a suite of situated practices that will enable universities to include everyday sexisms within their current programs, strategies, and policies related to  gender equity.

The GRN will also send out our own survey in the next few weeks, which will help us to shape the direction of the GRN in the next phase. If you have thoughts you would like to share with us, we always welcome them!
We also draw your attention to the events happening across the next few weeks and hope you will be able to join us.
Thank you for your support,
Samantha, Therese, Liz and Kelly

Gender Research Network events

GRN Seminar Series: Parent’s Views on the Gendered Dynamics of Youth Social Media Use, Sexting, and Sexual Images: A Shift Needed from “Risk” to “Recourse”.

The GRN invites you to an online seminar presented by Dr Amy Shields Dobson.

This paper reports on 30 interviews conducted with parents of high school-aged teens, youth workers, and teachers, as part of a larger study aimed at better understanding the gendered dimensions of youth sexting and social media use, and school and community responses to it. Here, I outline some of the findings on parents’ key concerns around digital and social media, their attitudes towards sexting and pornography, and their perceptions of the gendered dynamics of such. In prominent studies of children, youth, and digital media emerging from mass communications and psychology-oriented epistemologies, sexual images of diverse kinds have been framed as inherent “risks” for young people, with little social, cultural, or historical contextualisation of such. In my discussion of the attitudes and views of the parents we spoke with, asking as we did about perceived gender roles and dynamics around social media use, I try to unpack the social construct of sexual images as inherently “risky”, and the individualised discourses of “privacy” and “protection” that stem from such notions; and that, I suggest, ultimately remain within uncritically universalised victim-blaming logics around harm, violence, and abuse. While progress is being made in terms of more political and socially structured conceptualisations of digital harms and forms of abuse, exploitation, and harassment, I suggest our interview data shows where some further shifts in public discourse and logic are still needed; away from networked publics as “out of control”, towards victim recourse and perpetrator accountability as regards image-based and other digital forms of sexual harassment, violence and abuse. I point to the possibility of future “queerer” and more relational orientations (Ahmed, 2008; Munoz, 2009; Warner, 1998) toward sex and privacy.

Date: 30 September 2022. 1:00-2:00pm (AWST). Please accept the Outlook invitation or email to register your attendance. 

GRN Seminar Series: The Unfinished Business of Reproductive Justice: Histories and Futures of Abortion in the Age of Decriminalisation

The Curtin University Gender Research Network invites you to a seminar presented online by Associate Professor Catherine Kevin. 

Written from within the South Australian Abortion Action Coalition (saaac), this paper will examine the objectives of the Coalition's activism, offer an account of the wins and losses that were fossilized in the outcome of its five-year campaign: The Termination of Pregnancy Act (SA) 2021, and reflect on the status of abortion healthcare in Western Australia. While the task of decriminalising abortion in every Australian jurisdiction is close to completion, achieving reproductive justice remains unfinished business while abortion provision suffers various hangovers from its history as a crime. The paper will consider the likely place of abortion decriminalisation in future histories of reproductive justice in Australia.

Date: 13 October 2022, 1:00-2:00pm (AWST), via Teams. To register your attendance, email

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 among GRNers across Curtin campuses. The HDR, postgraduate and staff group meets monthly online to engage in friendly discussion on seminal and more contemporary works on gender from a range of disciplines.

The Reading Group will meet online on 21 September from 3.30-4.30 pm. 

For this session, we will be reading from Caroline Criado Perez's Invisible Women: Exposing Data Bias in a World Designed for Men

To register your interest for the next session (and to receive the reading), email

Internal events

Centre for Transformative Work Design. Women in Research webinar: Crafting your job for meaning and purpose

Research has shown when people are able to control their work, they can feel more fulfilled with their jobs and find it easier to stay committed to their work. So how can you shape and mould your job to better suit your preferences, passions, strengths and interests?

Join Australian Council Research Fellows Professor Sharon K Parker (Curtin University) and Professor Sara Dolnicar (University of Queensland) for a discussion on women navigating the world of research. 

Date: 15 September 2022, 11:00am - 12:00pm (AWST). Further information, session times and registration via the Women in Research website.

Gender and Digital Media Cultures: Double-bill ACAT research presentation. 

Please join the Centre for Culture and Technology (CCAT) members at the September ‘double-bill’ ACAT research presentation with Amy Dobson, Sam Morris and Kiah Hawker.

Presentation 1. Sam Morris & Amy Dobson

Curtin: #SingleNotSorry ? Analysing transnational postfeminist media cultures via Tinder marketing.

We provide a comparative analysis of the prominent Tinder advertising campaign #SingleNotSorry, which ran across several European countries, as well as the UK and USA, with key marketing material from Tinder India. Challenging sexist cultural stereotypes and norms of feminine sexual passivity and modesty has a clear economic rationale as a marketing strategy for Tinder, globally. Yet, as we illustrate, some key differences emerge across these marketing messages about women’s sexual empowerment and the kind of gender roles and “modern” heterosexual relations made available through Tinder in the European and Indian contexts.

Presentation 2. Kiah Hawker, University of Queensland

“How are Augmented Reality (AR) filters implicating gender performance on TikTok”

There is a significant shift happening within social media environments due to the integration of Augmented Reality (AR) technology. AR is most common and accessible through mobile devices, specifically in the form of filters and lenses within social media environments. In this paper I explore how AR impacts the way users perform gender, and more broadly the ‘self’ within online environments.

Date: 16 September 2022, 12:00am - 1:30pm (AWST).
BDG: 210.104 Elizabeth Jolley Case Study Room. RSVP in-person attendance to

(L-R) Dr Tetiana Bogachenko, Dr Iryna Khodos, Professor Jaya Dantas, and Fabienne Vonarburg
Recent achievements

Project Funding Awarded
Congratulations to Professor Jaya Dantas, Dr Tetiana Bogachenko, and Dr Iryna Khodos (Curtin University) were successful in a Healthway and Lotterywest Application for the Photovoice project: Fleeing the war across oceans: Experiences of Ukrainian displaced people in Western Australia. The funding comprises of $30,838 from Lotterywest and $30,837 from Healthway. [Total $ 61,675]. The project will provide opportunities for the Ukrainian Displaced People to share their stories of coming to and settling in WA through photography, and will help inform Australia's humanitarian response. It will result in a website and travelling exhibition.

Dr Tetiana Bogachenko, Professor Jaya Dantas and Dr Olga Oleinikova also contributed a recent article to The Conversation: Australia’s special visa program for Ukrainians to end, despite war raging on

2022 Provost Fellows announced

The GRN congratulates Associate Professor Crystal Abidin from the School of Media, Creative Arts and Social Inquiry, and Associate Professor Rebecca Walker from the School of Education on their selection as Curtin’s 2022 Provost Fellows.

The Provost fellowship program is an Athena Swan initiative at Curtin University that seeks to empower senior academic women through professional development. This aligns with the Athena Swan Charter’s aims of addressing unequal gender representation across disciplines, removing obstacles faced by female academics, and advancing gender equity in academia and leadership more broadly.

Both winners were selected for their academic excellence and leadership potential. They have each received up to $10,000 toward their professional development and will work with the Provost over the next six months on Curtin University research projects.

Associate Professor Walker’s research will examine recruitment processes and practices designed to attract women to apply for senior positions.

Associate Professor Abidin’s research will investigate online bullying, harassment and similar experiences in digital spaces.

The GRN recognises the value of these projects and looks forward to their publication. 

Recent publications

Nothing to Hide: Voices of Trans and Gender Diverse Australia by Yves Rees, Sam Elkin, Alex Gallagher, and Bobuq Sayed

Nothing to Hide is the first ever anthology of Australian TGD writing. In recent years, there have been several successful anthologies of LGBTQIA+ Australian writing, including Growing Up Queer in AustraliaQueerstories and Going Postal. These collections include TGD contributors but to date there's been no dedicated anthology to give voice to this marginalised and diverse community.

Nothing to Hide aims to fill that gap with a pioneering contribution to Australian letters. It will showcase the creativity and diversity of the TGD community, whilst also providing opportunity for cisgender Australians to gain a window onto the challenges and joys of trans experience.

For more details:,-Alex-Gallagher,-Yves-Rees-and-Bobuq-Sayed-Nothing-to-Hide-9781761066498

Leaning Out by Kristin Ziwica 

In Leaning Out, respected journalist Kristine Ziwica maps a decade of stasis on the gender equality front in Australia, and why the pandemic has led to a breakthrough. As the historic 2020 Women's March attests, a generation of younger women are speaking truth to power and changing the way we think of women in the workplace. This is the third book in The Crikey Read series from Crikey and Hardie Grant Books.

For ten years Australian women have been sold a dazzling promise: through sheer ’will’ and individual self-empowerment they could overcome decades of gender inequality in the workplace. The hard, structural work didn’t need to be done; all the solutions could be individual. Yet leaning in, power-posing and speaking up (and being spoken over) at the boardroom table have made very little difference for the great majority of women, still underpaid and overworked compared to their male colleagues.
The COVID-19 pandemic has shockingly revealed the fragile foundations of women’s working lives. It's also given us a rare opportunity for a reimagining. But Australian women are still being told to ‘Lean In’ at precisely the moment when so many are ‘leaning out’. With the majority of all jobs lost in the pandemic being held by women, and successive governments unable or unwilling to address the ‘gender issue’, we are at crisis point. Leaning Out is a manifesto for what we can – and should – do with this moment. 

For more details:

Australian organisation, Chief Executive Women released its latest report on women's representation in executive leadership. 

View the full report via

Media Industry Insight Report 2022

Australian not-for-profit Women in Media recently released their Media Industry Insight Report for 2022. The report informs the call for gender equality, pathways for career progress, and access to support and resources for women working in all roles and types of media.

View the full report: 
External events

Can there be a feminist politics of drinking? Alcohol harms and home drinking experiments

The Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society invites you to a research and practice seminar with Professor Helen Keane, exploring women's drinking in terms of narcofeminist acts of resistance, harms, empowerment, the transformative role of drugs in queer culture and a trillion dollar global industry.

Date: 21 September 2022, 4.00pm (AEST). 
RSVP to or


2022 Conference on Women's Safety and Financial Security. (Presented by ANU College of Business and Economics). 

Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) is the most common form of violence women of all backgrounds experience. Despite the varied policy initiatives introduced in recent years, domestic violence rates in Australia and around the world remain stubbornly high. Thus, there is much to learn and do in order to achieve The National Plan’s goal that “Australian women and their children live free from violence in safe communities”.

The overarching goal of this conference is to consider solutions to the social problem of gendered violence with some emphasis on the role that women’s economic and financial security can play. It will feature academic speakers from many different fields of expertise as well as a policy/industry panel discussion covering topics ranging from labour market outcomes, gender inequality, and financial abuse to the legal and political determinants of IPV. A list of speakers can be found here. A detailed program will be sent to registered participants closer to the date of the event.

Date: 20 October - 21 October, 9:00am- 3.30pm (AEST). Further information and registration 
External CFPs, submissions and opportunities

Australian Feminist Studies— Special Issue

The AFS journal is accepting manuscript submissions for its special issue on Diverse Perspectives on Health and Medicine. 

"We particularly welcome feminist engagements with Indigenous health and cultures of the global South, women and girls living with disabilities, refugee and migrant women’s health, women doctors, medical researchers and folk healers, questions including and beyond sexual and reproductive health and rights, medical concepts of gender-specific pathologies, LGBTIQA+ health, ageing and neuro-diverse women.”

Applications close 10 October 2022(Abstracts). Manuscript deadline: 30 April 2023. Further information.

Senior Research Fellow/Associate Professor - Available Position

La Trobe's Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society is hiring! We're looking for a Senior Research Fellow/Associate Professor with research expertise in the social or behavioural aspects of HIV, LGBTIQ health or sexual health. 

Applications close 2 October 2022. Further information.  

Postdoctoral Research Associate - Position Available

University of Technology Sydney's School of Communication is hiring a postdoctoral research associate to conduct research as part of the Wikipedia and the nation’s story: towards equity in knowledge production” project.

Applications close 8 October 2022. Further information.

Call for Papers! How Games Play Us: Ludic inquiries into power, pedagogy, and change

Dr Amelia Walker, Dr Helen Grimmett and Dr Alison L. Black invite 300-word proposals for 5000-to-7000-word chapters which explore pedagogical games of power using ludic inquiry. We encourage collaborative submissions that incorporate creative practices (including the playing of games) into both process and presentation, thereby making ‘games’ a feature of form as well as content.

Applications close 30 September 2022. Further information.

Call for papers! Australian Gender Economics Workshop

The AGEW 2023 will be hosted by the Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre, the University of Western Australia and the Women in Economics Network. It will be held in person in Perth on the 9th-10th of February 2023. The AGEW invites the submission of research papers from both junior and senior researchers on any topic related to gender economics. Both applied and theoretical papers that meet high standards of methodological rigour are invited. Papers should apply an economic framework and gender should be a core element of the analysis. Papers should also demonstrate real world relevance and applicability to addressing issues of social or economic concern.

Applications close 30 October 2022. Further information via
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.

Newsletter and submission deadline calendar

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