The Fay Gale Centre develops, promotes and expands existing research excellence in the field of Gender within the University of Adelaide, and builds on the University's commitment to promote social justice, equality and diversity in the community and its own workplace.

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Annual Fay Gale Lecture: Professor Chealsea Wattego

In collaboration with the Academy of Social Sciences, the Fay Gale Centre was honoured and delighted to host Professor Chelsea Watego at the University of Adelaide on February 23rd at 4 pm. Professor Watego was this year's speaker for the Annual Fay Gale lecture, and her lecture was entitled ‘No room at the Inn’: Rethinking critical race studies and its place in the Australian academy’. This event was both in-person and live-streamed.

Lecture Recording

News and Events



Grant Success

Congratulations to members of the FGC who have recently been awarded an interdisciplinary grant from the 2022 Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Economics Internal Research Funding Scheme. Our project, entitled, ‘Feminist Mentoring for the Contemporary University,' aims to re-define mentoring and generate new practices of feminist mentorship within the academy.



"Roe vs Wade: An epochal Shift?" Roundtable Discussion

The Fay Gale Centre is happy to be hosting A. Prof Barbara Baird, Flinders University; Prof John Williams, University of Adelaide, and Dr Erica Millar from La Trobe for a roundtable event. When: Tuesday 21st, June. Where: Napier 102, The University of Adelaide + over Zoom. RSVP ESSENTIAL. Please click here for more information.



Catherine Helen Spence Memorial Scholarship: Information Session

The Catherine Helen Spence Memorial Scholarship is offered every four years and provides financial support for a South Australian woman to investigate social problems or study in the field of social science in Australia and overseas. The value of the scholarship in 2022  is $25,000. An information evening is being held at the Office for Women this Thursday (101 Grenfell St) from 5 – 6 pm. (Register your interest to attend by emailing the Office for Women at DHSOFWEvents@sa.gov.au.) Applications are now open and will remain open until 12:00 pm Monday 5 September 2022. Please visit the here for more information on eligibility and requirements for the application.


Chris Beasley Prize for Gender and Sexuality Theory and the Beverly Beasley and Family Prize

We are delighted to announce two new prizes - the inaugural Chris Beasley Prize for Gender and Sexuality Theory and the Beverly Beasley and Family Prize. These prizes were established in 2021 by Emerita Professor Chris Beasley. Further information and eligibility criteria can be found in the documents linked below.

Chris Beasley Prize for Gender and Sexuality Theory Info

Please take note that applications for the Chris Beasley Prize should include a pdf of the published work and a brief commentary.

Beverly Beasley and Family Prize Info

Member Engagement

Fay Gale Centre members are active and engaged with policy, industry, and scholarship. Click here to view recent projects.

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Reading Feminism Book-Club

The Reading Feminism Book-club is run by past and present students. They aim to engage critically with feminist literature, from theory to poetry.

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Fay Gale Lunch Time Seminars

Each month a current centre member or guest speaker presents a seminar on their relevant research.

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The Alliance of Gender Scholars

The Alliance of Gender Scholars is a group of PhD students and Early Career Researchers from across the university who are interested in/and are conducting research in gender-related issues.

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Congratulations Dr Jana Norman: Book Launch and Beasley Prize

On Thursday the 25th of November, the Fay Gale Centre was fortunate enough to help launch Dr Jana Norman's book 'Posthuman Legal Subjectivity.' Dr Nicki Sullivan, adjunct associate professor at the University of Adelaide, launched the book and was joined by Fay Gale members and many other guests. We were also pleased to present Jana with the Chris Beasley Prize for Gender and Sexuality Theory.

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Special Fay Gale Seminar: Courage to Change by Professor Alison Phipps

The Courage to Change: Ending Gender Inequality and Sexual Harassment in Australian universities.

The Fay Gale Centre was excited to be host a special seminar by Professor Alison Phipps (The University of Sussex, UK). At this Fay Gale seminar, Professor Phipps addressed the policies and practices that can enable and support structural and cultural change around issues such as gender inequity, bullying, sexual harassment and violence.

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Fay Gale Centre - 'The Politics of Gender' Podcast

The centre was delighted to host Ava Viscariello as an intern in 2021. Ava is currently completing her Media and Politics degree and used her skills and creativity to create 'The Politics of Gender Podcast' in response to recent political events regarding gender, sexual assault allegations and COVID-19. Drawing on her experience with Radio Adelaide, Ava interviewed two Centre members with a wealth of experience in Australian politics: Emerita Professor Carol Johnson and our ambassador Natasha Stott-Despoja.

Click below to listen to what these leading icons have to say about the politics of gender:

Natasha Stott Despoja AO

Emerita Professor Carol Johnson

The Fay Gale Centre would like to thank the Art Gallery of South Australia for permission to use this image.

Banner Image: detail: Dorrit Black, Australia, 1891 - 1951
Music, 1927-28, Paris, colour linocut on paper, 24.1 x 21.2 cm (image)
Elder Bequest Fund 1976, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide