Curtin University Gender Research Network Newsletter 

13 October 2021, Issue 7
Dear All,

We hope you are well.
Since we last wrote Dr Tien Nguyen presented her research “Capitalising on Board Gender Diversity: The Mediating Effect of Board Capital Diversity on the Relationship between Board Gender Diversity and Firm Performance” at the joint GRN and Global Campuses Brown Bag Seminar Series. Nguyen’s talk raised important points about the necessity of visibility and diversity on Boards, of the need for that diversity to be more than a symbol, and for all bodies to be seen and heard and recognised for what they bring. Nguyen’s finding was that diversity on boards increases firm performance, but she made the argument that by increasing visibility and diversity on Boards we can also shift the “capital” or “lack” assigned to particular bodies. In our discussion afterwards we raised problems of the limitations imposed by binaries, and the ways in which they are used to maintain difference and also perform acts of erasure. (Watch the WebEx recording )
It is the effects of these erasures from history, data and the everyday which Professor Sandy O’Sullivan raised in their keynote: “No cession: rendering the colonial project of gender”, at the recent Lilith conference “Gender in Catastrophic Times”. O’Sullivan made the argument that gender does not exist but labels do and they maintain the binary order of things. In resistance to such order, their project, and their work, is to make visible, deliberate and repeatable representations to challenge the ongoing colonial project that limits and contains the scope of representation. O’Sullivan’s concern is the way in which practices and representations which reinforce binaries erase, including the way the Covid-19 data is collected and reported, which doesn’t report outside the binary. O’Sullivan asked what was the purpose of collecting incorrect data? Why the decision to not recognise all bodies? What impact will that have on future understandings concerning the spread of Covid-19, the impact on specific people and communities?
Please join us as we continue this conversation with Dr Katie Wilson (Curtin Open Knowledge Initiative) for her seminar Changing the academic gender narrative through open access today at 1pm (see below) and then with Drs Sally Lamping and Saul Karnovsky as they ask us to listen for the silences on 1 November 2021. November also brings an event with the Office of Women’s Interests and a talk from Prof. Helen Hodgson on the Athena SWAN Provost Project. We have also started to organise an event for HDRs and will circulate details of this in the coming weeks. Thank you to Dr Peta Dzidic for taking this on with Liz Baca.
Very best wishes,
Samantha and Therese
Gender Research Network Events

GRN Seminar and Workshop Series: Changing the academic gender narrative through open access
Presented by Dr Katie Wilson (Curtin Open Knowledge Initiative). The scholarly literature continues to document systemic biases, disparities, disadvantages and deficits for women in research productivity, gaining tenure and promotion within academia. Institutional pressure leads women to conform and follow the apparently ‘excellent’ research practices embedded in institutions: to publish in ‘high impact’, prestigious, commercial journals. The narrative of gender bias persists with regard to the construct of research excellence and the way it is measured across the world. However, a small body of evidence shows an emerging gendered effect in the open access/open science scholarly publishing scenario. Analysis from some countries indicates that women can change the narrative of deficit and build advantage by taking the open route.

Reviewing the scholarly literature Wilson highlights examples of research dissemination through open access that provide a positive advantage for women in terms of the binary gender equation in academia. Wilson discusses the work of the Curtin Open Knowledge Initiative exploring relationships and correlations between academic workforce gender demographics and institutional research performance in Australian universities.

Date: 13 October, 1:00pm-2:00pm AWST
WebEx meeting link

GRN Seminar and Workshop Series: Teaching, Emotion and Gender
Presented by Drs Sally Lamping and Saul Karnovsky. Drawing from the presenters’ previous research on border identities, resourceful communities, and enabling contexts, the seminar will examine how learning to teach shapes pre-service teacher self-formation. The ecologies of schools (primary, secondary, and tertiary) underscore this complex journey and often perpetuate a range of gendered emotional norms for professional emotional conduct. The seminar will argue that pre-service teachers learn to accept they must craft their emotional conduct through embodied practices according to the gendered norm of rational emotional control whilst policing ‘feminine’ vulnerability; this can be rendered as emotional silence within their everyday lives as emerging teachers. Such practices can lead to significant emotional labour for pre-service teachers. The seminar aims to disrupt these paradigms by exploring how a focus on resourceful school ecologies can enable emerging teachers to assertively claim the emotionality of teaching.

Date: 1 November 2021, 3:30pm, WebEx

GRN Seminar and Workshop Series in conjunction with Department of Communities: Responding to Stronger Together: WA's Plan for Gender Equality - Action Plan Two
Roundtable discussion with invited speakers.

Date: 18 November 2021, 11:45am-2pm – a light lunch will be served and the event will be recorded via WebEx

GRN Seminar and Workshop Series: Career Break Management
Presented by Professor Helen Hodgson – ATHENA Swan Provost Fellow.

Date: 24 November 2021, 2:30pm-4pm – afternoon tea will be served and the event will be recorded via WebEx

GRN HDR Networking event and lunch

Date: 8 December 2021. Please contact Liz Baca to register interest and for further details.


Past Gender Research Network Events

GRN Seminar and Workshop Series: Understanding Gender Diversity summary (written by MX Misty Farquhar)
Please email to request a recording of the seminar or the slides.

GRN Seminar and Workshop Series 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.

Teaching Module: Care Work, Gender & Society
Are you looking for more information about gender in your classroom? Take a look at this new teaching module from the Gender and Society Pedagogy Project on Care Work! If you want your students to understand the different conceptualizations of care work, “global care chains”, and the hierarchies and interdependences created by the stratification of care work, this module would be an addition to your class. The teaching module includes class presentations, a list of suggested discussion questions, a week-long Time-use Diary activity, and an activity assessment.

Teaching modules.

Gender Action Portal, Harvard Kennedy School
With its Gender Action Portal, the Women and Public Policy Program at Harvard Kennedy School provides scientific evidence—based on experiments in the field and in the laboratory—on the impact of policies, strategies and organizational practices aimed at advancing gender equity to help translate research into action and take successful interventions to scale.

Visit the website.

Gender Migration and the Work of Care (Centre for Global Social Policy, University of Toronto, Department of Sociology)
The Centre for Global Social Policy (CGSP) was created in 2013 to support collaborative research across diverse disciplinary perspectives and locations, and to share this research with a wide audience. A major research project at the Centre investigated how the reorganization of care influences care workers’ international migration, and how this relates to gender equality and social development.

Visit the website.
Curtin Based Opportunities and Events

Women in Research "Small Wins" Webinar: The Imposter Syndrome
Have you ever wondered whether you deserve to be where you are? Have you ever distrusted your achievements and doubted your abilities and hard work?  Many female academics find it difficult to accept their accomplishments. They question whether they’re deserving of promotion, awards and other successes. How do we experience imposter syndrome? Why does it exist in the first place and what can we do about it?  In the 10th webinar of the "Small Wins" series, ARC Laureate Fellow Sharon Parker (Curtin University) will lead a discussion around the imposter syndrome phenomenon.  

Date: 13 October, 11:00am-12:00pm AWST. Further details and registration via Women in Research.

Call for Contributions: The Charles Telfair Centre (Curtin Mauritius)
The Charles Telfair Centre is a multidisciplinary platform for cutting-edge knowledge sharing and debate in Mauritius.  We offer a safe space where dominant discourses can be challenged and innovative ideas and perspectives scrutinised. We showcase rigorous analyses featuring best practices, pioneering initiatives, and creative solutions to support Mauritius and the region in their ability to respond to challenges and seize opportunities across social, economic and policy domains.

The Centre seeks to make knowledge pertinent to Mauritius and the Indian Ocean region more accessible and publishes weekly blogs. Anyone working in the Indian Ocean region who might be interested in contributing is welcome to contact Myriam Blin

External Talks and Events

Crossroads: Intersectionality in Critical Feminist Research, Practice and Policy Gender Institute Signature Event 2021, ANU Gender Institute
The serious limitations of one-dimensional accounts of discrimination, inequality and disadvantage have long been marked with the concept of intersectionality. In a series of conversations with a remarkable set of interlocutors, the Gender Institute explores an urgent set of questions: How is intersectionality best recognised in research, practice and policy, and how does it translate into movement-building?

Date: 8 October – 28 October. Seminar program.

Jewish Women in the Early Italian Women’s Movement 1861–1945: Biographies, Discourses, and Transnational Networks – Modern Italian History Series
Presented by Ruth Nattermann (LMU Munich)
Chair: Axel Köorner (Leipzig/London)
Comment: Carlotta Ferrara degli Uberti (Pisa/London)

Date: 13 October 2021, 5:30pm (BST). Further details and registration through the Institute of Historical Research.

Madams, Missionaries and Matrons: Who is a Businesswoman Anyway? – ReWomen Seminar
Join Dr Julia Laite (Birkbeck College), Dr Catherine Bishop (Macquarie Business School) and Dr Hannah Forsyth (Australian Catholic University) in a seminar on women in business. They explore issues of sexual commerce, the entrepreneurialism of a faith missionary, and women-owned private hospitals in Australia.

Date: 14 October, 3:00pm-4:00pm AWST. Further information and registration through Eventbrite.

Responsive Roundtable Series 2021 Ecologies in-the-making 6 (#69)
The Ediths (ECU), Centre for People, Place and Planet (ECU), Boodja Justice Group (ECU), Nulungu Research Institute (University of Notre Dame Australia, Broome Campus) and Common Worlds Research Collective. Twitter: #Responsiveroundtable

Building on The Ediths’ Roundtable series, the Responsive Roundtable Series: Ecologies in-the-making (August 10-November 30, 2021) is inspired by Isabelle Stengers’ (2005) proposition that an ecology of practice is a tool for thinking through the present ecological and climate crisis we are facing. As a tool for thinking, rather than just recognising, an ecology of practice is capable of generating new practices that “are about the production of new relations that are added to a situation already produced by a multiplicity of relations” (Stengers, 2010, p. 33). In the spirit of Stengers’ scholarship, this Responsive Roundtable Series 2021 brings together different ideas, disciplines, people, methods, and research projects to encourage us to approach practices “ they diverge, with attention and appreciation to difference(s)” (Stengers, 2005, p.192).

Date: 19 October 2021, 9am-10am AWST via Zoom.

Cultures of crisis: How the Asia-Pacific can lead global peace and security, Women in Asia-Pacific Security Research Seminar Series
The Asia Pacific is predicted to have the greatest proportion of people already exposed and vulnerable to concurrent extreme weather events and the intensification of climate change-related security risks. What can we learn from Asia Pacific women’s regional networks in ensuring existing risk mapping and analyses are ‘fit for purpose’ as simultaneous catastrophes become endemic globally? Drawing on feminist and postcolonial approaches, this research seeks to examine how and why women’s regional networks in the Asia Pacific develop distinct perspectives and practices in responding to a multiplicity of crises.

Date: 20 October, 8:00am-9:30pm AWST. Further details and registration via Eventbrite.

Gender UNLIMITED*: New Research in New Contexts
“New Research in New Contexts” is a special session of the Gender UNLIMITED* Seminar Series. It features presentations by recent Vice-Chancellor’s Gender Equity Fund researchers, with topics including: gendered drivers of sexual assault, supporting leadership and career aspirations for sessional academics, staff knowledge around trans and gender diversity, targeted support for student parents, and extending staff parenting supports. The “What Now and What Next?” portion of the event offers audience members opportunity for extended practical discussion around how these new findings and recommendations can be implemented across higher education, industry and community contexts.

Date: 27 October, 8:00am-10:00am AWST. Further details and registration via Eventbrite.

Monstrous Woman presented by Tempest Theatre
A radical feminist adaptation of Phaedra. "I was a woman, a mark for the world’s contempt." The story of Phaedra is one of lust and shame. Phaedra was the wife of King Theseus, an older woman with an all-consuming lust for her stepson Hippolytus. Monstrous Woman is a highly visual, metaphorical allegory investigating the Intersections between repressed desire and the older woman. The play rewrites the myth of the damaging effects of the sexual transgressions of mothers and the tides of fate.

Date: 3 November – 6 November. Further details and tickets via Subiaco Arts Centre.

National Congress of Women – Day One: Women rising. Why women? Why now?
The National Congress of Women is an initiative of the Women’s Climate Congress to lead a women’s movement for collaborative action on climate change. This launch event will focus on the urgency of climate change and the importance of women's voices. We will explore women’s responses to climate change; First Nations approaches to governance and environmental management; and the experience of women in politics and other leadership positions. We will consider what systems changes would allow full participation of women on equal terms with men, particularly regarding fundamentally important policy issues such as climate change.

Date: 30 November, 7:00am-1:30pm AWST. Further information and registration via Humanitix.

External CFPs, Submissions and Opportunities

Research Study: Experiences of female academics during the pandemic
You are invited to take part in this project if you are a female academic, to capture your views and experiences of the benefits/opportunities/impact/challenges you have faced during the COVID-19 pandemic that may have impacted your work in any way. The study also aims to capture your views on academic leadership and support.

The research will examine the experiences of academic women in higher education during the COVID-19 pandemic with a focus on teaching, learning and leadership.

To participate, please complete this online survey (estimated 10 minutes to complete).

Gender and Sexuality at Work Conference 2022
GSW 2022 brings together experts from academia and Australian workplaces to participate in respectful, professional and rigorous debate about gender and sexuality at work. We welcome short research papers (four pages) on work issues relevant to individuals with specific gender identities, sexual orientations or sexual characteristics, as well as comparisons across these and other intersecting life dimensions. The research can be local, from specific regions around the world or cross-national.

Submissions due COB Friday 15 October 2021. Further details.

Australian Gender Economics Workshop 2022
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.

Submissions due 31 October. Further details.

Recent publications

The annual Professional Scientists Employment and Remuneration Report by Science & Technology Australia and Professional Scientists Australia was released on 11 October 2021. Among survey findings related to strain and fatigue, the report noted particular challenges faced by women in science and the survey found that there is a 17% gender pay gap between male and female salaries. Commentary from Heather Handley (@heatherkhandley) regarding the gender pay gap via Australian Financial Review.

Grant R, Smith AK, Nash M, Newett L, Turner R, et al., 'Health practitioner and student attitudes to caring for transgender patients in Tasmania: an exploratory qualitative study', Transgender Health, 50, (6) pp. 416-421. ISSN 2688-4887 (2021)
DOI: 10.31128/AJGP-05-20-5454
Co-authors: Grant R; Smith AK; Newett L; Turner R; Owen L

Moore Robyn, Nash M, 'Women's experiences of racial microaggressions in STEMM workplaces and the importance of white allyship', International Journal of Gender, Science and Technology, 11, (3) pp. 1-20. ISSN 2040-0748 (2021)
Co-authors: Moore Robyn

Nash M, Grant R, Moore R, Winzenberg T, 'Male allyship in institutional STEMM gender equity initiatives', PLoS One, 16, (3) Article e0248373. ISSN 1932-6203 (2021)
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0248373
Co-authors: Grant R; Moore R; Winzenberg T

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