Research Seminar Series

The Department of Gender and Cultural Studies hosts a lively departmental research seminar series. Participants include staff, associates and postgraduate students from the department, as well as presenters from other University of Sydney departments and from outside, both nationally and internationally.

Seminars are held in The Refectory, in the Main Quadrangle (the building with the clocktower at the top of University Drive, off Parramatta Rd). You can find The Refectory downstairs from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences office.

Friday afternoon, 2pm-4pm. Please join us after the seminar for drinks at the Holme Courtyard Bar

Everyone is welcome to attend.

2016 Seminar Series convenors:
Elspeth Probyn and Astrida Neimanis (Semester 1)
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Fiona Probyn-Rapsey (Semester 2)

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The making and unmaking of the future is an ongoing preoccupation. Evoking anxiety and hope in equal measures, futurity is paradoxically already always here. But who and what belongs to our visions for the future? How will we navigate differing desires and disparate possibilities? What kinds of bodies, imaginaries, communities and values do these possible futures hold in tension? And what do these possibilities tell us about our here and now?

  • March 11 Queer Futures
    Elizabeth Stephens (Southern Cross) –
    “The Queer Future of Normality”
    Kane Race (University of Sydney)
    “Queer Counterpublics and Digital Sex”
  • April 8 Future Labour
    Marian Baird (University of Sydney):
    “Gender and the Australian labour market – tensions past present and future”
    Catherine Waldby (ANU):
    “Future Labour in the Bioeconomy”
  • April 22 Contingency Plans
    Jennifer Hamilton (University of Sydney)
    “Weathering the City”
    Alexandra Crosby (UTS)
    “Arts Futuring: Growing and Hacking Alternatives”
  • May 6 Does the Future Care?
    Anne Galloway (Victoria University of Wellington, NZ)
    “A Good Death: On Caring for, and Killing, Farm Animals”
    Jennifer Biddle (NEIA)
    “Art under occupation: Aboriginal avant-garde”
  • May 20 Speculative Futures
    Hannah Donnelly (Sovereign Apocalypse / Sovereign Trax) “Sovereign Imaginings”
  • June 3 Posthuman Pedagogies
    Stephanie Springgay (UofToronto/OISE)
    “Affective Pedagogies and Matters of Friction”
    Affrica Taylor (Canberra)
    “Common Worlds Pedagogies for the Anthropocene”

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