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Dear AWGSA members,
You may be aware that a Bill to decriminalise of sex work is currently being considered in the South Australian Parliament. We understand that members have a range of views on this issue. However, if you would like to express your support for this legislation, you can send a letter to the relevant members of parliament. For instructions on how to do this, follow this link


Drysdale, Kerryn. 2019. Intimate Investments in Drag King Cultures: The Rise and Fall of a Lesbian Social Scene. Cham: Palgrave Macmillan.

Marks, Shawna. 2019. 'Cinderella at the (Foot)ball: Wives and Girlfriends in Australian Rules Football'. Continuum. DOI: 

Book reviews
Elliott, Karla. 2019. Review of Young Working-Class Men in Transition, by Steven Roberts. LSE Review of Books (blog), 4 June 2019.

Fisher, Christopher M., Andrea Waling, Lucille Kerr, Rosalind Bellamy, Paulina Ezer, Gosia Mikolajczak, Graham Brown, Marina Carman, and Jayne Lucke. 2019. National Survey of Australian Secondary Students and Sexual Health 2018: Results of the 6th National Survey of Australian Secondary Students and Sexual Health. Bundoora: Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health & Society, La Trobe University. 

PhD dissertations
Magladry, Madison R. 2019. 'Fitspiration or Fitsploitation? Postfeminism, Digital Media and Authenticity in Women's Fitness Culture'. PhD diss., Curtin University. 

Waling, Andrea. 2019. 'Dick Pics, Dating Apps and Men’s Erotic Subjectivities'. Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Toronto, Ontario, 7 June. 

Waling, Andrea. 2019. 'Men, Masculinity, and Men's Health'. Global Health Conference: Change x Unzipped, University of Melbourne, Monash University and Deakin University, Melbourne, 19 May. 

The 2nd International Conference on Gender and Sexuality 2019. 'Re-thinking Gender and Sexuality: What do we know? What have we learnt? What’s next?' 3-4 October 2019. Bangkok, Thailand. Abstract submission deadline: 24 July 2019.

The editor in chief of Fat Studies journal, Esther Rothblum, is looking for guest editors to propose a special issue of the journal, especially (but not limited to) those who are (1) junior in their career and/or (2) outside North America. Please contact Esther at
 for further details.

Special Issues published or in progress in Fat Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Body Weight and Society

Reflective Intersections on Fatness
Visual Representations of Fatness
Religion and Fat
Children and Fat
Fat and Digital Media
Fat Pedagogy
Fatness and Temporality
Fat Oppression
Fat Theater and Performance
Fat and Physical Activity
Fat Legal Issues
Fat on the Small Screen: Televising Fat
Fatness and Technology
Standpoint Theory in Fat Studies 

Jack Halberstam, 'Disorder and Bewilderment'. Public Lecture. 3 July 2019. 5.30 pm - 7 pm. University of Melbourne. Click here to register.

Jack Halberstam, 'Trans*: Visual Representation and the Transgender Body'. Public Lecture.  5 July 2019. 4 pm - 5 pm. Deakin Downtown. Click here to register.

ICGHGS 2019: International Conference on Gender History and Gender Studies. 2-3 December 2019. Sydney, Australia. Click link for more information and CFP.

Women in Asia Conference 2019. Women in an Era of Anti-Elitism: Responding to the Challenge of Rising Populism and Its Threat to Gender Inclusivity.
 21-23 June 2019. UNSW, Sydney. CFP has closed.

2021 Catharine Stimpson Prize for Outstanding Feminist Scholarship. Signs Journal. Deadline for Submissions: March 1, 2020. Eligibility: Feminist scholars in the early years of their careers (fewer than seven years since receipt of the terminal degree) are invited to submit papers for the Stimpson Prize. This includes current graduate students. Papers may be on any topic that falls under the broad rubric of interdisciplinary feminist scholarship. Submissions must be no longer than 10,000 words (including notes and references) and must conform to the guidelines for Signs contributors (

Advisor Diversity and Inclusion, RMIT University, Melbourne. Closes 18 June 2019.

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship in Women’s History and Public History 2019-21, New York Historical Society, New York. Closes 15 June 2019 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time. 

Assistant Professor, Women's and Gender Studies, University of Toledo. Open until filled.

Visiting Assistant Professor Sociology/Gender & Sexuality Studies, Tulane University, New Orleans. Closes 15 June 2019 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time.

PhD Opportunity: Decolonising Practice in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care

Are you passionate about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health?

Are you interested in doing a PhD on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary health care?

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates* to begin a PhD on a five-year NHMRC funded project in partnership with five Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary health care services.

Successful candidates will be able to select a PhD topic that is directly related to the project and of interest to them. They will then have the opportunity to conduct the PhD as part of a dynamic and supportive team of Aboriginal and non-Indigenous researchers. We are based in Flinders University in Adelaide.

The project team will support any interested applicants to apply to the NHMRC for a postgraduate scholarship (next round closing 12 June 2019), or to other sources for a PhD scholarship.

Contact the team

To determine if you would like to undertake your PhD with this project team please speak in the first instance with Dr Toby Freeman on (08) 7221 8468 or

 *For more information about entry requirements, the application process, and scholarships please see:

AWGSA member profile - Dr Kerryn Drysdale

What are you working on at the moment?
Having just had my first book published on Sydney’s drag king scene with Palgrave, I’m now looking to extend my approach to social scenes to other urban configurations, especially for LBQ women and trans/gender diverse people. I’m currently working on a few research projects in my position at the Centre for Social Research in Health, UNSW Sydney, including on crystal methamphetamine use for sex among gay and bisexual men, experiences of serodiscordance in family life, and health equity and inclusion for trans and gender diverse people in traditionally 'gendered' medical practice, such as cervical cancer screening. It’s been a wild ride – using my Gender Studies, Queer Theory and Cultural Studies training in this new area of public health!

What do you think is an important feminist issue locally and/or internationally at the moment?
There are so many important issues that feminists should equally be engaged in, and the leadership of women in movements around climate change, sexual harassment, sex worker rights and LGBTIQ+ rights are part of a longer history in which feminists have fought to empower those with less political clout. And so an important issue for me right now is drug law reform - the international war of drugs is losing momentum and community support for initiatives, such as introducing pill-testing at music festivals, increasing medically supervised injecting clinics, and protesting overreach of police powers in drug searches and sniffer-dog positive indications, are evidence of a local groundswell of change. At heart, people who use drugs should be treated with dignity and respect, and the current criminalisation of drug use is stigmatising, discriminatory and dehumanising to people who use drugs. Feminists should be working with/in drug-user rights organisations to bring about local change in line with international movements that approach drug use through a harm-reduction, not punitive, framework.

Why are you a member of AWGSA? 
It is really important to me to retain my ties with my gender studies disciplinary background, and to keep insisting on privileging people’s voices and experiential knowledge in research that is conducted with them, not just on them! Being a part of an Australian community of feminists who do this type of work is inspiring, and the newsletters are a great way to keep up with new publications and events.

Who are your academic/feminist heroes?
Sheesh, how long is a piece of string? I’ve been very privileged to work with a number of feminist academics at various times, but I do always hold a place in my heart for some of our home-grown feminist heroes – Eva Cox and Anne Summers.

Where would you like to live?
A dream of mine is to live on a farm in Tasmania with my partner and a number of goats that surprise me daily with their naughty antics. Instead, I live in the inner-west of Sydney in an apartment with two cats that sleep most of the time – about as far away from the dream as possible!

Favourite book/s 
Anything by Margaret Attwood, Jeanette Winterson, Arundhati Roy, Charlotte Wood …

What do you appreciate most about your friends? 
Their ability to fully commit to a pizza-eating session.
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