Why Gender Matters

Co-presented with the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies University of Sydney

24 Feb, 2012

Gender studies is a dynamic interdisciplinary field that examines how gender, sexuality and race structure social and cultural relations. To coincide with Professor Sara Ahmed’s visit to Sydney as part of Mardi Gras’s Queer Thinking event, four scholars working in Gender Studies will join Professor Ahmed to discuss why gender matters and what gender studies has made possible for scholars and thinkers.

The event is chaired by renowned gender studies scholar, Professor Elspeth Probyn and features the work of upcoming and internationally recognised Sydney scholars and alumni working on projects that showcase the scope and breadth of the field, alongside Professor Sara Ahmed.

The panel:

Professor Sara Ahmed

Sara Ahmed is an Australian and British academic who is currently Professor of Race and Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths, University of London. She works at the intersection of feminist, queer and critical race studies. Her recent books include: Queer Phenomenology: Orientations, Objects and Others (2006); The Promise of Happiness (2010) and On Being Included: Racism and Diversity in Institutional Life, which is forthcoming with Duke University Press in 2012.




Professor Elspeth Probyn

Elspeth Probyn (chair) is the Professor of Gender & Cultural Studies at the University of Sydney and is a renowned international scholar working across the fields of media, material cultural studies, affect and emotion. Her current research focuses on bio-cultural sustainability.








Gilbert Caluya

Gilbert Caluya is a Research South Australian Fellow of the International Centre for Muslim and non-Muslim Understanding, University of South Australia. He was awarded a Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) to investigate the ways that intimacy is used to manage Muslim populations in Australia. His research explores the connections between racism, intimacy and security.





Annalise Pippard

Annalise Pippard is a PhD candidate in the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies at the University of Sydney who is currently researching queer archives and Susan Sontag. She received the 2011 University Medal for Gender Studies Honours with her thesis ‘At the Ladies Baths’.





Dr Jennifer Germon

Jennifer Germon lectures in Gender and Cultural Studies at the University of Sydney. Her recently published book Gender: A Genealogy of an Idea (2009) offers a conceptual history of gender intertwined with a history of intersex in the modern era.






The event is part of 2 days of discussion and activity on the part of SOPHI's Sexuality & Space working group. A one day conference, 'Researching Intimacy, Sexuality and Space' will be held on the 24th February at the University of Sydney, to precede Mardi Gras' Queer Thinking, held in the Seymour Centre on the 25 February, which features a keynote by Prof Ahmed Wilfull Queers: A Queer History of the Will.

Sara Ahmed’s visit to the University of Sydney is supported by the School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry Strategic Development Fund.