Curtin University Gender Research Network Newsletter 

9 February 2022, Issue 10
Dear All,

welcome to a new year! For us it has started with a flurry of activity and we anticipate that continuing. The flurry is productive but we will also look for the calm in the chaos and hope that you can also. 

Listening to the powerful joint National Press Club address from Brittany Higgins and Grace Tame we were reminded not only of the immense courage and strength of these advocates for the prevention of sexual violence but also of the importance of understanding continuums of violence. Of having effective mechanisms to recognise what violence is and how it is enacted. Of what casual and everyday violence amounts to and how it may be present in our workplaces, homes and communities. Some of the work that the GRN will do with the Depts of Communities and Justice in 2022 will seek to address this and to contribute to wider policy work in the area.
The debates regarding the proposed Religious Discrimination Bill 2021 and associated Bills this week are related directly to these issues of violence and creating safer spaces and cultures for women and  gender-diverse folk. It has been a tough and unsettling week for our gender-and-sexually-diverse community members – having to witness and hear that the basic rights of gender and sexually diverse young people are up for debate is very hard for many us.  Equality Australia is encouraging those concerned to right to their MPs about this, noting that the current bill removes "discrimination protections for LGBTIQ+ people, women, people with disability, and others when people make certain statements which are discriminatory based in religion". The GRN will do so on behalf of our members and in December 2021 we also sent a submission to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights with respect to the proposed Religious Discrimination Bill 2021. We will continue to be active in this area in 2022 and we invite you to join us.
Our online talks series for 2022 starts on 17 February with Dr Joanne McEwan on Gender through the Ages. In March we will have Dr Myriam Blin discuss gender politics in Mauritius and we host a conversation with Professor Iain McCalman on his new book Delia Akeley and the Monkey: A Human-Animal Story of Captivity, Patriarchy and Nature. Later dates are still being confirmed but we hope to release a list for review in the new fortnight. If you would like to contribute, or to suggest speakers, please be in touch. We look forward to seeing you online! 

We are also launching a new Gender Reading Group in 2022 and we encourage you to please pass this on to your HDR and fourth year students so that they might join. The group will be led by Dr Peta Dzidic with involvement from Dr Amy Dobson and the first meeting is in March. Please see details below and please express your interest by 28 February 2022.

Finally, we would like to showcase gender research at Curtin on the GRN webpage. Please send examples to Liz.

Thank you for your time and commitment to the GRN and we look forward to working with you in 2022.

Very best wishes,

Samantha, Therese, Liz with Amy Dobson and Peta Dzidic
Gender Research Network Events

GRN Seminar Series: Gender Through the Ages Why were men historically thought to be rational, and women hysterical? What does humoral theory have to do with gender? How was witchcraft a gendered crime? Prompted by a question in an earlier GRN seminar about where the idea of ‘gender as binary’ originated, this presentation will chart (Western) ideas about gender from the medieval period through to the nineteenth century. It will examine pre-modern religious, medical and legal understandings of gender, how they shaped gender ideologies and social structures, and how they changed (or didn’t) over time. Dr Joanne McEwan will then turn to some examples from her own research about how shifting expectations about gender affected the plight of women charged with criminal offences.
Date: WebEx, 17 February 2022, 2:00pm-3:00pm AWST

GRN Seminar Series: Mauritius: A Gendered Landscape
Mauritius has undergone tremendous economic and social transformation in the last 50 years, which has had a profound impact on Mauritian women. Working mostly as unpaid family carers and/or field labourers at independence, Mauritian women entered the labour market “en masse” to become factory workers in the 1980s. This triggered a continued feminisation of labour force still under way today, giving women access to their own income improving their status and overall access to social and economic resources. Today, women in Mauritius have reached equality with men in access to electoral rights, education and health, but still lag behind in other key indicators such as employment, pay, safety and decision-making. Women’s access to resources is further complexified by Mauritius’ layered social and ethnic fabric. In this presentation, Dr Myriam Blin offers a glimpse of Mauritian women’s fascinating journey as they navigated and negotiated improved rights and opportunities in a traditional yet modernising landscape.
Date: WebEx, 24 February 2022, 1:00pm-2:00pm AWST
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.
Curtin Based Opportunities and Events

Gender Reading Group
To encourage encourage a culture of reading and critique, and to help develop connection and community amongst fourth year undergraduate research and post-graduate research students across Curtin campuses, the GRN is establishing a Gender Reading Group beginning in March. The group will meet monthly online to engage in friendly discussion on seminal and more contemporary works on gender. Readings will be from a range of disciplines.

If you are keen to take part, please register your interest by sending an email to by 28 February.

ALLY Training for Curtin staff members
LGBTQIA+ ALLY Training Level 1 – Introduction to being an ALLY is a brief introduction to understanding the importance of being an ally, insight to lived experiences and health and wellbeing of community, appropriate language, and more.

Date: 17 February and March 2, 10:00am-12:00pm AWST. Further details and registration via Curtin iPerform.
External Talks and Events

University of Melbourne Gender and Sexuality at Work Conference 2022
This conference 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. The aim is to learn from each other, to find better ways to work together in building the knowledge base required to address gender and sexuality at work in healthy and productive ways. In 2022, the theme of the conference is Accelerating Gender and Sexuality Inclusion at Work. Our knowledge of what works to enhance workplace inclusion is becoming increasingly sophisticated. In this iteration of the conference, we want to continue to explore a wide range of research about gender and sexuality at work, while focusing on what the evidence tells us can be done to accelerate gender and sexuality inclusion at work and in organisations.

Date: 15 February, 5:00am-3:30pm AWST. Further information and registration via Eventbrite.

Gender Equality Network – Respect is everyone’s business
We all want to end sexual harassment and build equality across our workforces. An important step in achieving this is to ensure the elimination of sexual harassment is firmly planted on board and executive agendas. In the lead up to IWD 2022, the first Gender Equality Network webinar will investigate Chief Executive Women's Respect is Everyone's Business toolkit, designed to help initiate critical conversations and take meaningful action to end sexual harassment and make workplaces safe for everyone. Join Sam Mostyn, President of Chief Executive Women who will discuss the impetus for the toolkit and what she hopes it will achieve. A panel discussion moderated by DCA CEO Lisa Annese will follow to explore how to turn intentions into action.

Date: 28 February, 10:30am-12:00pm AWST. Further information and registration via Diversity Council Australia.
External CFPs, Submissions and Opportunities

Diversity Interventions 2022 SAGE: Systemic approaches that work
Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) Limited is proud to host Diversity Interventions 2022 SAGE: Systemic approaches that work (5-6 April 2022), an international collaborative event aimed at growing the evidence base for gender equity, diversity and inclusion solutions. SAGE is actively encouraging abstract submissions from the full range of professionals involved in gender equity, diversity, and inclusion (GEDI), including but not limited to GEDI practitioners, policymakers, advocates, researchers, and academics from any discipline. 

Submissions due 1 March 2022. Further details.

Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship Round 4
The Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship program supports investment in gender equity initiatives that aim for lasting systemic change by eliminating barriers for women’s participation in STEM education and careers, and entrepreneurship.

Submissions due 2 March 2022. Further details.

 Australian Workplace Equality Index (AWEI) 2022 Survey
The AWEI's main purpose is to benchmark and gauge the effectiveness (or otherwise) of workplace initiatives that promote greater inclusion of people of diverse sexuality and/or gender. We acknowledge that diverse sexuality and gender may be only one of many diversity initiatives within your workplace. This survey does not cover other aspects of diversity & inclusion. Other employer programs typically assist employers in those areas. This survey is open to ALL employees of participating organisations, regardless of how people personally identify.

Further details and survey.

Family and domestic violence in Australia: Prevalence, impacts and responses
This BCEC Briefing Note assesses the prevalence, impact of and responses to family and domestic violence (FDV) in Australia. FDV is pervasive; it occurs among family members, and especially in intimate partner relationships. Around 1 in 6 women (17.3%) and 1 in 16 men (6.1%) men in Australia report having experienced physical or sexual violence from a partner since the age of 15. At these prevalence rates, more than 1.7 million women and 580,000 men in Australia will have experienced partner violence in 2020.

Report available via Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre.

Modern History of Sex: Pornography presented by Professor Joanna Bourke
Pornography reflects as well as creates sexual norms and practices. The period from the 1960s to the mid-1980s has been called the 'Golden Age of Porn'. An unexpurgated Lady Chatterley’s Lover was openly published in the UK and Linda Lovelace’s pornographic film Deep Throat (1972) went mainstream. Vigorous debates about morality, consent, and feminism erupted. The “porn wars” continue in popular culture and academic debates today. How has mainstream pornography changed? What is the role of technology and social media?

Lecture available via Gresham College/YouTube.

It's Not a Compliment
"For far too long now street harassment has been treated as an everyday nuisance that some of us are simply expected to put up with as a condition of existing in public spaces. We think it's time to change that. Join us in taking action against street harassment to create truly safe streets for all."

It's Not a Compliment.
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