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‘First Fridays’ Seminar Series: Digital sexual citizenship and ‘sext education’: building new theoretical toolkits to help adults engage with young people’s digital cultures

Next Seminar: June 1, 2018.

Deakin’s Gender and Sexuality Studies (GSS) Research Network is a space that fosters scholarly, collegial and community-connected explorations of questions linked to the significance of sex, gender and sexuality in contemporary and historical cultures. On the First Friday of the month, they run a monthly public seminar. The GSS seminar is held from 4-5pm at Deakin Downtown (727 Collins Street, Melbourne), followed by drinks.


CSRH Seminar Series with Dr. Kerryn Drysdale: The return of the lesbian in Sydney’s drag king scene

June 13th, UNSW Sydney

Drag kings – performance artists (usually female but also other gender diverse individuals) who consciously perform masculinity as live entertainment – became a beloved feature of Sydney’s lesbian social circuit for over a decade, particularly at The Sly Fox Hotel. The end of these performances in September 2012 represented the death of a pivotal social scene, aligned with the contemporaneous decline of iconic lesbian bars the world over. In this seminar, Dr Kerryn Drysdale will be reflect on her doctoral research which explored the conditions of precarity which have characterised the local urban night-time economy for same-sex attracted women. Expressions of loss articulated by lesbian and queer women at the time of the scene’s demise reveal complex relationships between ‘queer identity’, ‘lesbian space’ and the perception of an ever-present threat of the ‘straight white man’ on the durability of lesbian social scenes.


XIX ISA World Congress of Sociology – Power, Violence and Justice: Reflections, Responses and Responsibilities

Toronto, Canada – July 15-21, 2018

This XIX ISA World Congress of Sociology will focus on how scholars, public intellectuals, policy makers, journalists and activists from diverse fields can and do contribute to our understanding of power, violence and justice.


Doing Gender: Relationships, Emotions and Spaces of Learning

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia – August 13, 2018

Deakin’s strategic research centre in education, Research for Education Impact (REDI), will be running a one-day symposium on emotions, gender and schooling.Speakers and discussants include Jill Blackmore, Penny Jane Burke, Ian Davis, Julie McLeod, Christopher Hickey, Jane Kenway, Laura Scholes, Dorte Marie Sondergaard, Claire Charles, Amanda Mooney and Leanne Higham. Convened by Amanda Keddie (Deakin University) and Garth Stahl (University of South Australia), this one-day symposium is focused on discussing previous and current research on emotions and gender, which informs our thinking about young people’s experiences with learning today.


TASA 2018: Precarity, Rights and Resistance  

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia  – November 19-22, 2018

The School of Humanities and Social Sciences, The Faculty of Arts and Education, The Alfred Deakin Institute of Citizenship and Globalisation at Deakin University invite you to the 2018 TASA Conference at our Burwood Campus in Melbourne.


AWGSA: Queer Legacies, New Solidarities

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia – November 22-24, 2018

This conference will focus on queer and gendered legacies and how we work with such legacies to build future worlds and solidarities. Supported by Deakin Gender and Sexuality Studies, the Australian Women’s and Gender Studies Association and the Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives.