Geographies of Violence Against Women, Journal of Gender Based Violence Special Issue 2020. Closing 30 April.
This Special Issue, co-edited by Dr Hannah Bows (Durham University) and Dr Bianca Fileborn (University of Melbourne), aims to provide a multi-disciplinary examination the current state of research, policy and practice in relation to geographies, space and gender-based violence and to consider the implications and potential further developments in relation to these areas. Abstract proposals not exceeding 500 words in length should be sent to Dr Hannah Bows, firstname.lastname@example.org
Social Sciences Week 9-15 September. The Australian Sociological Association (TASA) has invited AWGSA to partner in Social Sciences Week. Social Sciences Week aims to:
Encourage, support and create the opportunity for social science researchers (from early career to senior scholars) to engage with non-academic audiences.
Show-case the diversity and relevance of social science research.
Further the reach of cutting-edge social science research.
Promote and increase awareness of social sciences research and the contribution they make to the wellbeing, cohesion and success of society.
Any event held during Social Sciences Week that fits broadly with the above aims can be part of the program as long as the activity is primarily public facing. By scheduling them during Social Sciences week and co-badging them in this way, it will be possible to reach a wider audience and highlight the value of the social sciences to a greater extent than can occur with stand-alone events. If you are planning to apply for AWGSA funding to run an event, please consider Social Sciences Week as a possible time to do so.
Ann Curthoys Prize
The Ann Curthoys Prize is awarded for the best unpublished article-length work by an Early Career Researcher (within 5 years of PhD graduation) in any one or combination of the following fields in which Ann published:
history and theory
The Prize honours the varied work and dedicated service to the historical profession of Professor Ann Curthoys; it is generously funded by Ann and Macquarie University, where Ann completed her PhD.
The inaugural Ann Curthoys Prize will be awarded in July 2019. Applications are now open and close on June 7, 2019.
Gender-based violence in inpatient mental health units, Social Global Studies Centre, RMIT University. Women aged 18 and over who have experienced gender-based violence while staying in a mental health inpatient unit in Victoria in the past five years are being sought for interviews.
If you could have a superpower, what would it be?
I'd actually be a supervillain, to be honest, and I'd have the power to manipulate all matter in time and space.
Favourite food? Pasta!
What are you working on at the moment?
I am working on a whole host of projects! At the moment my primary focus is on M3: Media, Masculinities and Mental Health, which is an exploration of Australian men's body image and sexual subjectivities regarding erotic photo taking and their use of dating applications. Here, I am exploring questions of sexuality and affect in relation to how young men in Australia navigate the use of dating apps, and the ways in which this may impact or influence their mental health and well-being. This particular project is building on my work on men and Dick Pics. I am also working across a whole range of projects at ARCSHS, including providing qualitative input into the 6th National Secondary School Survey of Adolescent Sexual Health, and handling the qualitative component of Rainbow Ageing (an exploration of Older LGBTI people's health and well-being in Australia). Alongside this, I am a CI on a recently awarded Australian Research Discovery, "The Technological Transformation of Sex: Improving Australia's Response" which will be exploring the sexual and intimate lives of Australians, as well as a CI on the newly awarded "The Story of Us: Bisexual People in 'Heterosexual' Relationships" exploring the health and well-being of bisexual people in predominantly opposite gender relationships.
What do you think is an important feminist issue locally and/or internationally at the moment?
There are so many feminist issues at the moment it's really tricky to pick one, from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander needs, to the high prevalence of domestic and intimate partner violence, to LGBTI rights, there's so much happening at the moment. I think for me, I've been finding myself quite interested lately in the health rights of people with uteruses, and the ways in which pain associated with menstruation etc is often ignored, devalued or dismissed. It's difficult to get a GP to listen to a white, cisgender heterosexual woman, let alone a woman of colour, a transman or a non-gender binary person. We're starting to see more awareness around these issues and the recognition that painful menstruation for anyone is not actually normal and needs to be properly investigated. This also ties in with people around the world, such as young women in rural areas who are stigmatised for menstruating, and difficulty in accessing sanitary products.
Why are you a member of AWGSA?
I joined AWGSA as I was looking for a community of interdisciplinary scholars who all had a genuine interest in the study of gender and sexuality. I love interdisciplinary work, and I've always found that 'home' feels like gender and sexuality studies. I want to know what other people are up to, and connect up with a group of people who are passionate about the research that they do.
Who are your academic/feminist heroes?
That's a tricky one because there are so many! Chris Beasley comes to mind. I absolutely love her work in the field of men and masculinity studies. Jane Ward is another one, as well as Kath Albury and Susan Paasonen. Each of these scholars work with feminist theory in quite innovative, provocative, and challenging ways, especially in relation to sexuality and sexual practices, and working with issues on men and masculinity.
Where would you like to live?
The Faroe Islands, absolutely beautiful, I think one of the most beautiful places on this planet. I saw a documentary about them randomly one day on TV and have been obsessed ever since.
Favourite book/s: Boys Like Her: Transfictions by Taste This; In The Skin of a Lion, The English Patient, Bridge to Terabithia, Peter and Wendy
What do you appreciate most about your friends?
Support and encouragement. I love my friends and do my best to support and encourage them when I can, and it's such a lovely feeling when they do the same for me.
I am really, really bad at math. I recently learned I actually have a learning disability with math (dyscalculia) that was not properly diagnosed when I was a kid. From struggling to read analogue clocks, to constantly getting lost even with the help of a GPS, to not being able to add numbers in my head or solve any math equation that required more than one calculation, math has been a killer. However, I have decided (with support) that I am going to challenge this by taking over the budgeting at home and work on some of my anxieties around finances. I don't know the first thing about superannuation, or investing, or budgeting, but my goal is to start getting my head around these things!
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