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?

  • Friday 5th August
    Associate Professor Michael Flood (Wollongong)
    Respondent: Dr Michael Salter (Western Sydney University)
    "Men Preventing Violence?"
  • Friday 19th August
    Dr Bethany Turner (Canberra)
    Dr Yamini Narayanan (Deakin)
    “Global Food Production and Animal Ethics”
  • Friday 2nd September
    Professor Vicki Kirby (UNSW) and
    Professor Annamarie Jagose (Sydney) with
    Dr Melissa Hardie (Sydney)
    “What Does Anti-Normativity Do? A Roundtable Discussion”
  • Friday 16th September
    Associate Professor Damien Riggs (Flinders)
    Dr Dinesh Wadiwel (Sydney)
    “Sexuality, Species and Social Norms”
  • Friday 7th October
    Associate Professor Bronwyn Winter (Sydney) and
    Senthorun Raj (Sydney)
    “Human Rights and Political Asylum Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity: Problems and Perspectives”
  • Friday 21st October
    Dr Sonja van Wichelen (Sydney)
    “Postgenomics and Biolegitimacy: Legitimation Work in Transnational Surrogacy”

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