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Events held since the launch of the Fay Gale Centre in December 2009 can be found below:

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  • Fay Gale Lecture 201417 June 2014

    The Fay Gale Centre for Research on Gender and the Academy of the Social Sciences of Australia hosted the Fay Gale Lecture on Tuesday 17th June 2014.

    Commencing in 2010, the Academy has honoured its first female president, the late Fay Gale AO (1932-2008), with a named annual lecture. To present the 2014 Fay Gale Lecture, the Academy invited Professor Jacqui True of Monash University to present a talk on the theme of feminism and global violence.

    Please see the Fay Gale Lecture Flyer for more information.

    Watch Jacqui True's Fay Gale Lecture.

  • Research Lunch With Julia GillardMarch 2014

    Members of the Fay Gale Centre for Research on Gender were delighted to host a lunch for former PM Julia Gillard in mid March 2014 to welcome her in her new role as Visiting Professor at the University.

    The Centre promotes research in social justice, gender and sexualities and it was therefore fitting to invite Julia Gillard to hear about the range of research activities being conducted by academic members of the Centre on her first day on campus.

    After a brief overview of the Centre and its broad range of activities by Professor Margaret Allen, a number of Fay Gale members presented their research projects.

    Professor Carol Johnson (Politics) spoke about her current work on historical developments of Labor governments concepts of inequality, focusing on gender and sexuality and highlighting the legacy of the 'male breadwinner'.

    Dr Laura Grenfell (Law) discussed her recent book Promoting the Rule of Law in Post-Conflict States (2013), and her research path on human rights protection in Australia and the region.

    Professor Chris Beasley (Politics and founder and former co-director of the Fay Gale Centre) talked of her longstanding engagement with gender and sexuality theories (and her many academic books), recent collaborations with the GEXcel Centre for Gender Excellence in Sweden, and a current project on how gender equity is approached in Australian male single-sex school environments.

    The Fay Gale Centre looks forward to further academic engagements with Julia Gillard.


  • End of Year Members & Friends Event and Book Launch4 December 2013

    The Centre held an end of year social event for Friends and Members in December, where we were delighted to launch 'Promoting the Rule of Law in Post-conflict States' (Cambridge University Press) by Centre member Dr Laura Grenfell.

  • Revaluing Care Workshop 2: Caring about Social Interconnection1-2 September 2013

    Following on from the Resourcing Care Workshop 1 at Keele University in September 2012, 'Caring about Social Interconnection' will take forward conversations about care from theoretical, conceptual, and empirical perspectives.

  • 'Liberal Arts on the Move' by Professor Jane M. JacobsTuesday 11 June 2013

    The Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, in conjunction with the Fay Gale Centre for Research on Gender at the University of Adelaide, is pleased to present 'Liberal Arts on the Move' by Professor Jane M. Jacobs.

    In the last decade liberal arts colleges have sprung up across Asia. What accounts for this sudden interest in the liberal arts? What aspirations do they serve? What models are being drawn upon? And what do these new initiatives say about the nature of higher education in Asia and the future of the liberal arts more generally? These questions will be examined by Professor Jacobs, a distinguished Australian academic who has worked in a range of university settings, in a number of national contexts, and who has been linked to various internationalization ventures in higher education.

    Professor Jacobs is part of the inaugural Faculty of the Yale-NUS College Singapore, where she is Professor of Urban Studies and Divisional Director for the Social Sciences. Professor Jacobs completed her undergraduate and masters degrees at the University of Adelaide under the mentorship of the late Professor Fay Gale. She is an urban and cultural geographer who has researched various themes, including architecture and geography, difference and the city, comparative and qualitative urban methodologies, feminist and postcolonial geographies, and indigenous and settler relations.

  • Why Gender Still Matters for Men and Women: Professor Michael Kimmel10 April 2013


    We hear constantly that men and women are so different they might as well be from different planets. In this engaging and entertaining presentation, Professor Michael Kimmel surveys several flashpoints in the "battle of the sexes" - friendship, parenthood, housework, and sex. He argues that men and women have a lot more in common than we might think, and that gender equality is a good thing for men as well as for women in a range of settings, including universities.


    Michael Kimmel is Distinguished Professor of Sociology at Suny, Stony Brook University, in New York. He is the author of over 30 books about men and masculinity, including Manhood in America Manhood in America: A Cultural History (Free Press, 1996), The Gendered Society (Oxford University Press, 2000), and the best-seller Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men (Harper Collins, 2008). He is the editor of the scholarly journal Men and Masculinities, and a founder of the National Organization for Men Against Sexism (NOMAS). He has just received a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation grant to establish a Center for the Study of Men & Masculinities.


  • Fay Gale Centre Annual Conference4-6 December 2012

    Confirmed Keynotes

    Professor Jeff Hearn (Linköping University, Sweden)

    Jeff Hearn has worked on men, gender, organizations, sexuality and violence since the late 1970s. He is a UK Academician in Social Sciences; Professor in Gender Studies (Critical Studies on Men), Linköping University, Sweden; Professor in Management and Organization, Hanken School of Economics, Finland; and Professor of Sociology, University of Huddersfield, UK. He was formerly Research Professor in Social Sciences, Manchester University. His books include ‘Sex' at ‘Work' (1987/1995), Men as Managers, Managers as Men (1996), The Violences of Men (1998), Gender, Sexuality and Violence in Organizations (2001), Information Society and the Workplace (2004), Managers Talk about Gender (2009), Men and Masculinities around the World (2011), and Rethinking Transnational Men (2013). He is co-managing editor of Routledge Advances in Feminist Studies and Intersectionality, Co-Director of GEXcel (Linköping and Örebro Universities Centre of Gender Excellence), and has had lead positions in national, EU and international projects. He was a contributor to the pioneering EU report Gender and Excellence in the Making (2004) and a lead partner in the EU FP7 genSET project on Gender Equality and Research Excellence in European Science.

    Professor Liisa Husu
    (Gender Studies, Örebro University, Sweden)

    Liisa Husu is a Finnish sociologist and gender expert, with a research focus on gender in academia, science and knowledge production, and strong international engagement. She is Professor in Gender Studies in Örebro University, Sweden, and board member of GEXcel, Linköping and Örebro Universities Centre for Gender Excellence. She has previously had a long-term femocrat career as the National Coordinator of Women's Studies and Senior Adviser in the Finnish governmental gender equality machinery. She has been actively involved as an expert in international and national initiatives around gender equality in science and academia since the early 1980s, such as European Commission Women in Science activities, as the Rapporteur for the EC expert report The Gender Challenge in Research Funding (2009), EU research projects on gender in science (PROMETEA, ADVANCE, genSET), and as founding member of the European Platform of Women Scientists. As the moderator of the European Network for Gender Equality in Higher Education she has contributed to organizing seven European Conferences on Gender Equality in Higher Education since 1998. Her publications include the books Hard Work in the Academy (1999), Sexism, Support and Survival in Academia (2001), Science, Knowledge and Gender (in Finnish, 2005), Leadership through the Gender Lens (2010), articles and book chapters.

    Emeritus Professor Margaret Wetherell
    (University of Auckland, NZ & Open University, UK)

    Margaret Wetherell is Professor of Social Psychology at the University of Auckland and Emeritus Professor, Open University, UK. Her current research is on affect, emotion and identity. She is well known for her role in developing discourse theory and method within psychology and for her research in identity studies particularly on gender and ethnicity. Her books include Affect and Emotion (2012, Sage), The Sage Handbook of Identities (edited with Chandra Talpade Mohanty, 2010, Sage), Identity in the 21st Century (2009, Palgrave) and Theorising Identities and Social Action (2009, Palgrave). From 2003-2008 she was the Director of the UK Economic and Social Research Council Identities and Social Action Programme.

    Professor Ngaire Naffine
    (Bonython Professor of Law, University of Adelaide)

    Ngaire Naffine is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences of Australia and of the Australian Academy of Law and sometime member of the College of Experts of the Australian Research Council. She has published in the areas of criminal law, criminology, jurisprudence, feminist legal theory and medical law. Her most recent book, Law's Meaning of Life: Philosophy, Religion, Darwin and the Legal Person (Hart, Oxford, 2009) examines the influence of philosophy, religion and evolutionary biology on law and the legal person. Her other books include Are Persons Property? Legal Debates about Property and Personality (with M Davies) (Ashgate, 2001), Feminism and Criminology (Polity Press, Cambridge, 1997), Law and the Sexes: Explorations in Feminist Jurisprudence (Allen and Unwin: 1990) and Female Crime: The Construction of Women in Criminology ( Allen and Unwin: 1987). She has been a Visiting International Scholar at the Hastings Bioethics Center in Garrison New York; Baker-Hostetler Professor of Law at Cleveland- Marshall College of Law, Cleveland; a Visiting Scholar in the Faculty of Law, Birkbeck College, University of London and at the European University Institute in Florence Italy.  She is admitted as a Barrister of the Supreme Court of New South Wales, a Solicitor and Barrister of the Supreme Court of the A.C.T. and as a Barrister of the High Court of Australia.


  • Strategic Development Forum27 September 2011

    9.30-12.30pm in the Stretton Room (Level 4 Napier). The session will be facilitated by an external facilitator. Key Issues to be addressed include:

    • Future Direction for the FGC
    • Membership questions, including size and criteria for membership
    • Funding
    • Light refreshment and opportunities for networking.

    All members of the FGC are expected to participate in this event.

  • End of Year Conference9-11 November 2011

    The FGC is pleased to announce its end of year conference to be held at the Art Gallery of South Australia.

    International Keynote Speaker: Professor Sasha Roseneil

    Sasha Roseneil is Professor of Sociology and Social Theory and Director of the Birkbeck Institute for Social Research. Prior to this she was Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies at the University of Leeds (2000-2007), where she was also the founding Director of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies (1997-2004).

    She has been Professor II in the Centre for Gender Research at the University of Oslo since 2005, and from 2007-2011 was Deputy Scientific Director of FEMCIT - an EU Framework 6 integrated project on 'Gendered Citizenship in Multicultural Europe: the impact of contemporary women's movements'.

    Professor Roseneil was one of the founding editors of the journal Feminist Theory and is co-editor of a new book series to be launched by Palgrave Macmillan in 2011, "Gender, Diversity and Citizenship".

    She is the author of a number of books, including Disarming Patriarchy (1995, Open University Press), Common Women, Uncommon Practices: The Queer Feminisms of Greenham (2000, Cassell), and Sociability, Sexuality, Self: relationality and individualization (Routledge 2007).

    National Keynote Speaker - Dr Judy Lattas

    Dr Judy Lattas is Director of the Interdisciplinary Women's Studies, Gender and Sexuality (IWS) Program, at Macquarie University. In 1979 she led the establishment of a Rape Crisis Centre in Cairns, North Queensland, and worked as one of the first coordinators of Ruth's women's shelter in Cairns in the early 1980s. Currently she is interested in the popular right in Australia, publishing on Pauline Hanson, on gun activism, on secessionist micronations, and on the Cronulla riots.

    Call for Papers

    The conference will be an opportunity for Fay Gale Centre members to showcase and discuss their work.
    We encourage members to present:

    • Current gender-related projects
    • Fellowship funded papers/books - published papers or work in progress.

    The conference will be single stream only so spaces are limited.
    Please send a 300 word abstract (including title) and a brief biographical statement(s) to or to with 'abstract' in the subject line, by Friday 14 October 2011.
    Submission Deadline: Friday 14 October 2011

    Please make a note of these dates in your diary and keep posted as more information will be added very soon.

  • Research Development Day17 June 2011

    At this research networking day members of the Fay Gale centre met to develop research links and discuss potential collaborations and grant applications. Cluster groups were enthusiastically attended and proposals made for further activities.

  • Research Seminar: Regulating Dementia Care: Charting the Borderlands of Legal Capacity and Autonomy24 March 2011

    Dr Rosie Harding (School of Law, Keele University, UK)

    In this paper, I explore the twin problematics of capacity and autonomy within the sphere of dementia care. People with dementia are often positioned as lacking the capacity to make decisions for themselves. To date, regulatory and judicial understandings of capacity have drawn a fairly bright line distinction between those who have capacity, and those who do not. The provisions of Mental Capacity Act 2005 (MCA) sought to break down this sharp distinction, and allow more decisions to be made by those who inhabit the borderlands of capacity. In the paper, I explore legal and conceptual approaches to autonomy to highlight the limitations both of contemporary regulation and feminist critiques of autonomy when evaluated from the complex positions of people with dementia and those who care for them. I argue that the MCA approach does little to facilitate decision making for people with dementia, and that the difficulties facing those with borderline capacity are compounded by relational approaches to autonomy. I suggest that paying closer attention to the borderlands of capacity and autonomy, we can better understand the role that law should play in regulating dementia care.

    Dr Rosie Harding is a lecturer in law at Keele University, UK, and co-ordinator of the Gender, Sexuality and Law Research Group. She has published widely in socio-legal studies and her research explores the place of law in everyday life with a particular focus on legal consciousness studies, resistance and sexuality. Her primary interests cohere around the regulation and recognition of caring and intimate relationships. Her book, Regulating Sexuality was published by Routledge in September 2010. Rosie's current research project 'Duties to Care: A socio-legal exploration of caring for people with dementia' is funded by the British Academy (, and seeks to understand how carers of people with dementia experience the regulatory frameworks surrounding dementia care. Since 2004, Rosie has been co-ordinator of of CentreLGS PECANS, an international and interdisciplinary network of early career scholars working in the law, gender and sexuality field. PECANS is currently funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. Website:

    Thursday 24 March
    Stretton Room, Level 4 Napier Building

  • Celebrating a Career in Context: Professor Margaret Allen17 February 2011

    Professor Margaret Allen retired on 31st December 2010, after four decades of teaching Gender Studies and History. The Discipline of Gender, Work and Social Inquiry, where Marg finished her career, with the support of the Fay Gale Centre for Research on Gender, where Marg continues her support for research on gender, held a festschrift to honour Professor Allen's research and generous mentoring across her academic career.

    Conference speakers:

    • Jenni Caruso (Adelaide) 'Accelerating evolution - A P Elkin's cultivation of the civilised half-caste'
    • Jane Haggis (Flinders) 'What an "Archive Rat" reveals to us about storying theory and the nature of history'
    • Karen Hughes (Monash) 'Micro-histories and things that matter'
    • Alison Mackinnon (UniSA) ‘"The organised influence of trained women": Federations of university women test the spaces of possibility between the wars'
    • Susan Magarey (Adelaide) 'Literary Friendship: a Tale of Two Catherines: a Tribute to Margaret Allen'
    • Ros Prosser (Adelaide) 'Fictocriticism as a form of Life Writing: Queensland Stories'
    • Susan Sheridan (Flinders)'White women writing in the contact zone'
    • Anna Szorenyi (Adelaide) 'From refugee to perpetrator: Reconfiguring the immigrant narrative'
    • Margaret Allen herself on 'The (un)likely career of young Margaret: class, race and gender'


  • Strategic Interventions in Gender, Theory and Policy:
    Research as Political Practice5 November 2010

    A conference in honour of Professor Carol Bacchi

    Keynote speakers:
    Dr Malin Rönnblom (Umeå University, Sweden)
    Professor Carol Bacchi (University of Adelaide)

    Invited speakers:
    Alison Mackinnon (University of South Australia)
    Susan Goodwin (University of Sydney)
    Mitchell Dean (Macquarie University)
    Christine Beasley (University of Adelaide)
    Angelique Bletsas (University of Adelaide)
    Zoe Gill (University of Adelaide)

    Time: 9am-4.30pm
    Venue: Art Gallery of South Australia All welcome, places strictly limited.

  • Public Lecture: Professor Carol Bacchi 5 November 2010

    Strategic interventions and ontological politics: research as political practice.

    The purpose of this paper to challenge dominant ways of thinking about the relationship between research and politics, and to offer an alternative configuration of this dynamic. In dominant understandings research ought, ideally, to be kept separate from politics and, when it accomplishes this status, it becomes ‘good research'. This position is most clearly discerned today in the popularity of ‘evidence-based policy', which rests on the premise that evidence is an objective product of research that can be applied to the task of solving societal problems. By contrast, drawing on the notion of ‘ontological politics', I argue that, rather than reflecting on or analysing ‘reality', our research methods create realities. There is more than one way for the world to be; hence, current, apparently coherent, realities involve ‘interferences' and ‘coordination', making them necessarily political in character. Given the role of research practices in shaping realities, it becomes crucial to consider their social/ethical/political implications. The paper draws upon a study of social science research on women's ‘roles' in the UK to show how such research contributes to producing the division between groups of women it purports to measure. Recognizing that researchers are increasingly constrained in the shape and nature of their research projects, I describe some strategic interventions to contest the proposition that research is apolitical. My objective is to highlight the centrality of research to the political agenda and, consequently, of politics to the research agenda.

    Carol Bacchi is Professor of Politics, School of History and Politics, University of Adelaide. For over thirty years she has researched and written in the fields of gender equality politics and policy theory. She was trained as a historian at McGill University in Montreal and joined the teaching staff of the University of Adelaide in 1978. Initially in the History Department, she joined the Politics Department in 1984, retiring in June 2009. Her major contributions include the following books: Same Difference: Feminism and Sexual Difference (Allen & Unwin, 1990), The Politics of Affirmative Action (Sage 1996), Women, Policy and Politics (Sage 1999) and Analysing Policy: What's the problem represented to be? (Pearson Education 2009). Her most recent book, produced with Joan Eveline, is entitled Mainstreaming Politics: Gendering Practices and Feminist Theory (University of Adelaide Press 2010).

    Time: 5-6.30pm
    Venue: Engineering South S111, University of Adelaide North Terrace Campus

  • Inaugural End of Year Conference: Transforming Gender4 November 2010

    This conference will showcase the research of Fay Gale Centre members and include a planning session at which research directions and funding opportunities for 2011 will be discussed. All Fay Gale Centre members who are in town are encouraged to come along and meet your colleagues and invited guests, hear about one another's work, participate in planning and generally support and celebrate the strength of gender research at the University.

    Time: 8.30am - 5.30pm
    Venue: Art Gallery of South Australia Function Rooms

    All welcome, places strictly limited.

    To register or for further information please contact The Fay Gale Centre by Friday 15 October.

  • Public Lecture: Dr Malin Rönnblom (Umeå University, Sweden)
    ‘Bringing the political back in: Or why methodology matters.'4 November 2010

    The so-called "linguistic turn" that took off in the late 1980s posed a challenge for several academic disciplines, including political science and not least for the sub-discipline of comparative politics. After more than twenty years, mainstream comparative politics still does not cope with the demands that are put forward by post-structuralism, specifically the need to admit and deal with the "fact" that studies of politics are in themselves political. The situation in feminist studies is quite the contrary. Sprung from the struggle for being accepted as not only politics or ideology but also academic scholarship, the conception of research as inherently political has been widely elaborated upon by feminist scholars - not least in the contexts of issues regarding ontology and epistemology. Feminist scholarship has also criticized mainstream political science for refusing to acknowledge that studies of politics are in themselves political.
    In our joint work, Carol Bacchi and I say that methodologies matter, and that what we do when we do research has political consequences. The ambition of this paper is to discuss how post-structuralism and feminist studies challenge the dominant discourse of comparative politics, and to argue for the need to construct new ways of doing comparative studies when coming from a post-structural position. More concretely, the paper will address 1) the shortcomings of the traditional comparative politics, 2) how the political can be addressed in research and 3) what the WPR (‘what's the problem represented to be?) approach can give to comparative politics.

    Malin Rönnblom is an Assistant Professor at the Umeå Centre for Gender Studies, Umeå University, Sweden. She has her PhD in Political Science from Umeå University and her main research interest is critical policy analysis, especially regarding gender equality policy, regional policy and growth policy. She has also recently started a research project on gender and the academy. Among her recent publications in English are Critical Studies of Gender Equalities: Nordic Dislocations, Dilemmas and Contradictions (Makadam: 2008) with Eva Magnusson and Harriet Silius, and 'Bending towards growth: discursive constructions of gender equality in an era of governance and neoliberalism' (Routledge: 2009) in The discursive politics of gender equality: Stretching, bending and policymaking, ed by Lombardo et al. Rönnblom is also the chair of the Swedish Association for Gender Studies and chief editor of NORA, Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research.

  • Thinkwell Workshop: Turbocharge Your Writing (Maria Gardiner)24 August 2010

    Would you like to know the secret to high output, low stress scholarly writing? In academia it is often assumed that writing comes naturally. However, an overwhelming body of research shows that there are very clear and practical strategies that can greatly increase your writing productivity.

    Thinkwell TM uses the latest psychological and educational research to develop workshops and programs to help you be more effective in your academic life. Maria Gardiner and Hugh Kearns have worked as an award-winning team for the past ten years. They are well known as leading practitioners and researchers in cognitive behavioural coaching. As well as publishing five books that have sold many thousands of copies, they are regular contributors to Australian media, including a popular segment on ABC radio. Their particular expertise is in working with high performers and they have a long history of providing specialist services to academics. Maria and Hugh have worked with more than half of Australia's universities and have also conducted workshops in the US, UK and Ireland.

  • Research Seminar and Feminist Methods Mini-Workshop24 June 2010

    Professors Mary Bernstein and Nancy A. Naples, University of Connecticut

    Part I: 'What Happened to Queer? Cultural Outcomes and the Same-sex Marriage Movement'  Paper presented by Mary Bernstein

    In this paper (co-written with Mary Burke) we draw on quantitative content analysis and qualitative content analysis to: first, measure the frequency amd variety of lgbt movement frames and compare changes in the presence and frequency of particular frames between different media outlets and within individual media outlets over time; and second, provide a more reflective and contextual analysis of documents through the use of ethnographic content analysis.  While quantitative content analysis allows us to answer basic questions of frequency, qualitative analysis was used to examine the process of meaning making; to draw connections among lgbt movement frames, the work of countermovements, and events taking place in judicial and policy arenas; and to allow for the emergence of salient themes.

    Part II:  Feminist Methods mini-workshop facilitated by Nancy A. Naples

    This workshop will focus on different approaches to textual analysis utilized by feminist scholars.  They include content analysis (as illustrated in Bernstein's paper), narrative analysis, and different forms of discourse analysis.  We will discuss the differences between so-called modernist and postmodern methodologies and conclude with a consideration of how texts are analyzed within Dorothy Smith's institutional ethnographic approach.  Participants are also encouraged to use this portion of the seminar to discuss challenges they face in designing and implementing their own research projects.

    Mary Bernstein is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Connecticut. Her scholarship seeks to understand the role of identity in social movements and how movement actors interact with the state and the law.  She has recently published in Social Problems, Sexuality Research and Social Policy, Sociological Perspectives, and Sociological Theory.  She is also co-editor of Queer Families, Queer Politics: Challenging Culture and the State (Columbia University Press, 2001) and Queer Mobilizations: LGBT Activists Confront the Law (New York University Press, 2009).

    Professor Nancy A. Naples is Professor of Sociology & Women's Studies at the University of Connecticut She is author of Feminism and Method: Ethnography, Discourse Analysis and Activist Scholarship (Routledge, 2003) and Grassroots Warriors: Activist Mothering, Community Work and the War on Poverty (Routledge 1998).  She is editor of a number of collections on community activism and feminist activism, and her research has been published in numerous journals including International Feminist Journal of Politics; Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society; Gender & Society; Women & Politics; Social Politics; and Feminist Economics.

  • Research Development Workshop10 June 2010

    This workshop will build on the potential collaborations and joint projects discussed at the April Workshop, with an aim to establish ongoing groupings in areas of research strength. Bring along all your ideas and enthusiasm for shared projects, reading and writing groups, collaborative grant applications and joint publications.

  • Book Launch28 May 2010

    The University of Adelaide Press and the Fay Gale Centre for Research on Gender
    invite you to join Malin Rönnblom, Associate Professor at the Umeå Centre for Gender Studies, Umeå University, Sweden, who will launch Carol Bacchi and Joan Eveline's

    Mainstreaming Politics: Gendering Practices and Feminist Theory

    Friday 28 May 2010
    4.00 pm
    light refreshments provided
    Ira Raymond Room, Barr Smith Library,
    (enter by main entrance)
    University of Adelaide.

  • Lunchtime conversation with Malin Rönnblom24 May 2010

    Welcome to a conversation on the status of gender and feminist research in the academy and on the framing of gender equality policy in the university context. Malin Rönnblom presents the status for gender and feminist studies in Sweden and her new research project on gender equality and the academy. Then we will have a joint discussion on changes and challenges in both the Australian and the Swedish context.

    Malin Rönnblom is a senior lecturer at the Centre for Gender Studies (UCGS), Umeå University, Sweden. She has a PhD in Political Science and her main research interests include policy studies of regional policy and gender equality policy, feminist political theory and feminist methodology including the importance of reflexivity in research. One of her ongoing research projects is the Nordic part of the EU funded project QUING - Quality in Gender + Equality Policies - where gender equality policies in all EU member states are studied ( She has also recently launched a project on gender equality and the academy in which the main aim is to scrutinise how gender equality is filled with meaning in the university context.

  • Research Development Workshop19 April 2010

    The Research Development program will commence on Monday April 19, 9.30 to 11am. We will have speakers sharing ideas and experience about managing successful research, and will then workshop possible joint projects, collaborations and research streams. This session will be important in planning future projects and in developing the Centre's research streams, so all Fay Gale Centre members are encouraged to come along.

  • Special Seminar: Dr Mercedes Carbayo AbengozarApril 7 2010

    The aim of this talk is to explore the music of Paquita la del Barrio and Concha Piquer as representatives of particular versions of Mexican and Spanish national gender identity. I claim that their performances appeal to sensory elements that somehow work as both distinguishers of a specific Mexican/Spanish identities and also equalizers of a more collective version of being women.

    Dr Mercedes Carbayo-Abengozar is Senior Lecturer in Spanish and History at Nottingham Trent University. She was born by the sea in the Basque Country, but soon moved to the Industrial north of Spain, where she worked in a factory and became a Trade Unionist while completing her first degree in Spanish Philology. Her experiences created an interest in gender studies and in the late 1980s she completed a PhD at Durham University on Spanish women writers and feminism. As a foreigner in the UK she then became interested in exploring the connections between national identity and gender. She has a particular interest in the way in which music and emotions intertwine in the sense that music often arouses passions in its performance, representation and audience both from the individual's perspective of personal identity and for the individual's sense of belonging to a given community.

  • Inaugural Seminar: Professor Davina Cooper15 March 2010

    'The transformative potential of nudism?  Challenging the separations and inequalities of a dressed world'

    We are used to the listing of inequalities (gender, class, race, sexuality), with new entrants and inevitable etceteras, but is there any logic for progressives in the constitution of the list? What makes certain forms of discrimination count as illegitimate relations of inequality, when groups, such as smokers, describe themselves today in  these terms? And what does undoing such inequality mean? This paper explores these questions, as they animate current discussion on inequality and difference, through a case-study of social nudism. An unusual supplement to listed inequalities, the paper explores how we might go about asking the question: does the nudist/ textile divide constitutes a relation of illegitimate inequality. It then asks what undoing such inequality might mean: parity between dressed and undressed groups, equal but different spaces for nudism and clothing, nudity/ dress as an insignificant distinction or something else. Centring my discussion on naked bodies within mainstream public spaces and public encounters, the paper uses nudism to explore, conceptually, the compositional character of inequality, the power of norms to structure what undoing (textile) domination might mean, and the fantasmatic quality of equality, when it attaches to anti-subordination practices, as a non-governmental, elusive, virtual virtue.

    Professor Davina Cooper is Professor of Law and Political Theory at the University of Kent, and working on a project focused on everyday utopias - spaces and sites of exchange, schooling, sex, religion, politics and speech which seek to enact alternative, and sometimes prefigurative ways of living.  From 2004 to 2009 she directed a Research Council funded Research Centre on Law, Gender & Sexuality which was a partnership between 3 universities - and in general has sought to create a vibrant, supportive space for critical, feminist-informed work. Her own research work is  concerned with the politics of radical social justice and the capacity and challenges facing institutional bodies (state and non-state) engaging in equality and social justice politics. Books include: Challenging Diversity, Governing Out of Order, Power in Struggle, and Sexing the City. Alongside academic work, she has been directly engaged in public policy as a London councillor on a 'far left' local authority in the late 1980s, as a parliamentary advisor, and as a local magistrate.


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