Curtin University Gender Research Network Newsletter 

17 November 2021, Issue 8
Dear All, 

For those who are just finishing marking for Semester 2 – congratulations! For those looking forward to SP4, good luck and we hope you see something of the summer.   

Congratulations to three GRN researchers featured in The Australian’s recent Research 2021 special report: Associate Professor Crystal Abidin (Top 40 early career researchers); Dr Sender Dovchin (Top researcher in language and linguistics, Australia’s top 250 researchers in 2021); Professor Sharon Parker (Top 40 lifetime achievers in research).

This week is Transgender Awareness Week (#TransAwarenessWeek). The 22nd Transgender Day of Remembrance Day is this Saturday, 20 November. The day remembers Rita Hester and those who have lost their lives because of transphobia. There are many events this week but one is the 2021 Fall Indiqueer & Gender Diverse Speakers Series conversation on 18 November 2021. Transgender Awareness Week sits in Pride Month. Perth events can be found on the PrideFEST 2021 – Pride WA website. Curtin also supports LGBTIQ+ students, staff and allies at Curtin, through the Ally program (the next training dates are 22 November or 15 December 2021, enrol through iPerform) and the Curtin Student Guild’s Queer Department. Finally, there is a new online iPerform module available for those interested: Foundations of Inclusive Practice. 

Thank you to Dr Katie Wilson for her insightful talk on gender, data and open knowledge. It has inspired many more conversations about the consequences of living and working in binary landscapes, and was continued by Dr Sally Lamping and Dr Saul Karnovsky in their wonderful talk on emotion and classrooms and the reflections on the gendered space for emotional expression for both educators and students.  

Next week (24 November 2021) the Athena Swan Provost Fellow, Professor Helen Hodgson, will give a seminar on her research project on Career Break Management. Helen will be introduced by the Provost, Jeremy Kilburn, and we will serve afternoon tea after the talk. Please RSVP to Liz for catering purposes. 

Congratulations must also be extended to Professor Hodgson and Professor Therese Jefferson. Universities Australia Women has initiated a project on “Inclusive Practices for Women in Australian Universities” and Professors Hodgson and Jefferson have been invited to join the project’s reference group along with colleagues from the Centre for People Organisations and Work (RMIT) and the Women, Work and Leadership Research Group (University of Sydney). A report from the project is expected in the first half of 2022.

Finally, 25 November 2021 is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and the start of 16 Days in WA. 16 Days in WA is a campaign led by the Department of Communities which draws inspiration from the global movement for 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence to drive a change in culture, behaviour and attitudes that lead to gender-based violence. The aim of 16 Days in WA is to raise awareness, motivate positive actions across Western Australia and advocate on behalf of organisations that oppose violence against women. See Events Schedule. At Curtin, Robyn Westgate is organising a number of events across the university and with the local community.

In support of 16 Days, and in recognition of the end of year, we will hold an end of year afternoon tea for the GRN on Level 2 of Building 501 in the open kitchen area. Please come along, please invite your students. We look forward to the end of the year with you! Please look out for the invitation from Liz.  

Thank you,  

Samantha, Therese and Liz 
Gender Research Network Events

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 End-of-year event

Date: 14 December 2021 (TBC). 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.

GRN Seminar and Workshop Series: Changing the academic gender narrative through open access presented by Dr Katie Wilson
Watch the WebEx recording.

GRN Seminar and Workshop Series: A Conversation on Emotional Silence by Dr Sally Lamping and Dr Saul Karnovsky
Watch the WebEx recording.
Curtin Based Opportunities and Events

Research Study: Barriers & Opportunities to Employment for Professional Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Women
Dr Lisa Hartley from Curtin’s Centre for Human Rights Education, in collaboration with Professional Migrant Women’s Network Inc in Perth, are looking for professional women from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse backgrounds to participate in a 15-minute online survey. This research seeks to identify the specific needs of professional women from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse backgrounds in building professional pathways to employment. The outcome of the survey will inform the development of programs to support professional Culturally and Linguistically Diverse women to access meaningful employment in Perth. 

Who is eligible to participate? 

● 18 years or older

● Identify as having a Culturally and Linguistically Diverse background (including refugees and people seeking asylum)

● Have professional qualifications in either your home country or in Australia

● Currently live in Western Australia

Participants can find more information and complete the survey here. Please email if you have further questions.

External Talks and Events

Looking at mental health through the lens of different genders
Statistics show that women experience some mental health conditions at higher rates than men, such as anxiety, depression, eating disorders, PTSD and self-harm. In contrast, men are more likely to suicide. And trans and gender diverse people can experience very high levels of psychological distress and are significantly more likely to attempt suicide. As we mark #MentalHealthMonth, our next event, emceed by DCA CEO Lisa Annese and presented in partnership with Gilbert + Tobin, will look at the factors that affect how men, women and gender diverse people experience mental ill health differently, and how workplaces can adopt a gender lens in their approaches to mental health.

Date: 24 November, 10:30am-12:00pm AWST. Further information and registration via Diversity Council Australia.

Women on top: Progression, not participation, in Australia's top jobs
The rapid feminisation of the workforce in the corporate business sector and in new and traditional professions has not been accompanied with significant gender rebalancing of senior executive roles and boards. Similar, male-heavy leadership also persists among universities and the creative sector, and it is especially noticeable in the federal parliament. Join this UWA Public Policy Institute discussion to hear about research findings on the pace of gender equity in different sectors, the measures that have worked, and perspectives of senior women who have driven change.

Date: 25 November, 5:30pm-7:00pm AWST. Further details and registration via Eventbrite.

Eliminating Violence Against Women – Responses in Australia and Argentina
Violence against women and girls is one of the most widespread, persistent and devastating human rights violations in our world today. To mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, this webinar will discuss some of the most innovative institutional responses that are being developed in Australia and in Argentina. 

Date: 25 November, 6:00am AWST. Further details and registration via Eventbrite.

16 Days in WA – Stop Violence Against Women
For 16 days in November and December, the community is invited to take a part in encouraging change to stop violence against women. The annual 16 Days in WA – Stop Violence Against Women campaign takes place from 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, to 10 December, which is Human Rights Day. Now in its fifth year, 16 Days in WA draws inspiration from the global movement for 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence to drive a change in culture, behaviour and attitudes that lead to violence against women and their children.

Together we can make a difference.

Date: 25 November - 10 December. Further information and calendar of events.

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.

The 2021 Holberg Debate: "Identity Politics and Culture Wars"
A fierce debate over social justice and identity-based politics seems to have exploded in recent years in the Western world, and few areas of life remain untouched by cultural conflicts. To some, identity-based politics has been embraced as an effective strategy to combat discrimination and marginalization. To others, it may seem that identity politics has resulted in culture wars involving violent conflicts and a destructive exchange of labels. 

Regardless of one’s position on the current culture wars, it seems apparent that they involve both struggles for social justice and struggles for power. With this in mind, the Holberg Prize has invited a prominent panel of speakers to discuss the following question: 

Does identity politics as it is currently manifesting itself offer a suitable avenue towards social justice, or has it become a recipe for cultural antagonism, political polarization, and new forms of injustice?

Date: 4 December, 12:00pm-2:30pm EST. Further information via Holberg Prize.

Aotearoa Gender History Seminar – Final Session for 2021

  • Elizabeth Bowyer, The Contractual Engagements of Colonial Women: The Case of Elizabeth Ellen Hadfield
  • Branka Bogdan and Tatjana Buklijas, The Fetus and the Lamb: The Auckland Antenatal Corticosteroid Trial and its Legacies

Date: 8 December, 7:00am-8:00am AWST. Further information via The New Zealand Historical Association.


Gender Inclusion Network 
The Gender Inclusion Network was formed in the summer in response to ongoing attacks on trans rights and gender studies scholarship. The GIN is led by Professor Sally Hines, Chair of Sociology at the University of Sheffield and Dr. Natacha Kennedy, Lecturer in Education at Goldsmiths, University of London. GIN is made up of over 1000 members of academics, students, policy makers, health and medical professionals and more. The organisation seeks to: 

  • Advance the understanding of gender and sex as fluid categories
  • Protect the rights and needs of people of all (or no) gender
  • Counter transphobia of all forms in social life and institutions 
  • Counter sexism and gender-based violence and discrimination 
  • Further intersectional understanding and political mobilisation to stress the relationship between gender and other social inequalities 
  • Forward self and bodily autonomy and reproductive choice and rights 
  • Develop social, cultural, legal and policy frameworks to forward the above
  • Share knowledge and expertise, and develop best practise

The organisation will address these intersectional issues through publications and reports. It will also hold in-person and virtual events such as workshops, conferences and discussion groups. 
To join GIN email: 

External CFPs, Submissions and Opportunities

Call for Submissions: Lilith
The Lilith Editorial Collective invites submissions for the 2022 issue. We welcome papers from scholars across academic disciplines, with a particular focus on historical research, and encourage postgraduate and early career researchers to submit papers. We also encourage scholars outside of Australia to submit papers.

Submissions due 1 December. Further details and submission guidelines via Australian Women's History Network.

Call for Proposals: Gender & STEM Conference 2022: Sticking with STEM: Who comes, who stays, who goes, and why?
The 2022 Network conference will bring together researchers, educators, policy makers, business and industry representatives, and the public to interrogate personal and contextual influences towards, or away from, diverse STEM pathways across stages and settings. The specific theme of Sticking with STEM: Who comes, who stays, who goes, and why? points to individual and organizational factors as well as their interaction in the career development process of the STEM workforce. Both perspectives—that of the individual with a basic interest in STEM and that of organizations such as schools and companies that are the nourishing ground for STEM motivations—contribute to the individual’s career development. What characterizes individuals coming into STEM, who persists and who leaves STEM, and which organizational aspects contribute? How can diversity at the workplace motivate pursuit and persistence in a STEM career?

Submissions due 14 January 2022. Further details and submission guidelines via Bundeswehr University Munich.
Recent publications

Australian Journal of Labour Economics
The Australian Journal of Labour Economics (AJLE) is a forum for the analysis of labour economics and labour relations. It is particularly focused on theoretical and policy developments in respect of Australian labour markets. Interdisciplinary approaches are encouraged. This is a Special Issue of five papers on gender issues in labour economics, with a particular emphasis on how these issues were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

View the latest issue here.

Gender & History: Special Issue: Health, Healing and Caring
By making visible the often affective, domestic, informal and regularised forms of everyday care that have forged and sustained well and sick bodies in varied settings across geographies and chronologies, this collection contributes to a historicisation of the essential care labour of the COVID-19 pandemic. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the essays expose deep, continuous and connected histories of healthcare hierarchies segmented by gender, race and class, in which cure and swift medical intervention is valorised while the sustaining acts that enable bodies to await cure, or that comfort those for whom no cure awaits, remain invisible. But these essays do not dwell on invisibility; instead they showcase the body knowledge generated in informal caregiving sites through hands-on treatment and intimate and emotional therapeutics. They demonstrate a range of powerful, indeed radical, acts of healing made possible by the process of de-naturalising biomedical normativity. In doing so, they contribute nuanced and expansive histories of healing and caring that might more appropriately guide our post-pandemic reconfiguration of therapeutic landscapes and care economies.

View issue here.

Gender Equity Insights 2021: Making it a Priority
For seven years, non-public sector organisations in Australia with more than 100 employees reported annually to the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) on gender equality policies and practices in their organisations. This world-leading data base has advanced our understanding of what initiatives works to create more gender equitable workplaces and what this can mean for better business outcomes.

In this sixth BCEC|WGEA Gender Equity Insights report, Gender Equity Insights 2021: Making it a Priority, we uncover further insights about effective initiatives to improve gender equality across Australia’s workplaces, by identifying the top performers, who have consistently taken steps to improve gender equality outcomes over the last seven years.

View publication here.

Evidence is clear on how to help young trans people
Sydney Morning Herald article by Sam Winter

"How to support trans youth who identify in a gender that doesn’t match the one presumed for them at birth? On one hand we have the gender-affirming approach, endorsed by countless professional organisations – Australian and worldwide. And then we have a psychotherapeutic approach, promoted by a fringe clique in medicine, apparently as a replacement for more orthodox care."

Read full article here.

Ending Australia's gender pay gap: 'Managers can make or break DEI'
HDR Australia article by Jess Bell

"Progress to reduce Australia’s gender pay gap has been slow – too slow – for the past few decades and now, the disproportionate impact of the pandemic has thrown a bump in the road. But the responsibility to tackle the inequity between men and women in the workplace doesn’t lie solely with business leaders. While diversity, equity and inclusion may start with the HR team, to drive organisational-wide change, it must filter through the actions of every leader, manager, and employee."

Read full article here.
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