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NTU-ANU-UNISA Gender Studies Symposium 2017​

Published on: 25-May-2017


"Movement(s) and Mobility" is a Gender Studies Symposium that seeks to glean the intersections between gender, movement(s) and mobility, to suggest ways in which these intersections might challenge or subvert existing power-asymmetries in the production of individual agencies, gender identities and ideologies.  Understood most readily as physical motion between points in space, movement is thus both relational and relative, whose point of reference can potentially be decentered. Mobility, on the other hand, refers to the conditions that enable movement, a paradigm that begs questions of representation and language. 

Unsurprisingly then, movement and mobility have deep connections with gender, the latter being a concept far from static or fixed; as construct, gender is itself highly mobile and often implied in issues of mobility. As such, this symposium is also keen to examine the how the intersections between gender, movement(s) and mobility might give rise to new shifts in the way gender is constituted, essentially rethinking gender and its significance in the context of rapid global change and movement.


Date: June 2 2017,  Friday  Time: 9:30am Venue: HSS Seminar Room (HSS-B1-09)

Keynote lecture: Activist lives in and after Hong Kong's Umbrella Movement: Challenging patriarchal authoritarianism in public and private spaces

Stevi Jackson, Centre for Women's Studies, University of York
(with Petula Sik Ying Ho, Hong Kong University)

This paper presents data from interview and focus group discussions with participants in and bystanders to Hong Kong's Umbrella Movement: 79 days of occupation of three central areas in protest against Bejing's decision not to allow fully democratic elections for the Chief Executive. The movement is conventionally represented as a failure in that it did not achieve its aim of fully democratic elections and caused fragmentation and polarization in Hong Kong Society. A very different picture emerges from the stories told by our pro-democracy participants – one of personal transformation and changes in relationships with others. Here the success of the movement (or lack of it) is not measured in terms of concrete political gains but in terms of its consequences for personal life. Drawing primarily on the stories of activist women, we focus on how they talked about the gendered and generational hierarchies characteristic of Hong Kong families and the potential for resistance to patriarchal authoritarianism.  Not all the stories told were positive, but all add to an understanding of the gendered and generational micropolitics of Hong Kong families and the impact of activism on them.


Date: June 3 2017,  Saturday  Time: 9:30am Venue: HSS Seminar Room (HSS-B1-09)

Special Panel: Rethinking Gender in Higher Education

Deirdre Byrne (University of South Africa), Crossing Borders: On Migrancy,
"Multiculturalism" and the Necessity for Gendered Analysis

Rosanne Kennedy (Australian National University), Campus Sexual Assault and
Trans/national Mobilisations: Racial and Gendered Politics of "Unwantedness" and "Consent"

Vineeta Sinha (National University of Singapore), Theorising the Gender Gap in
Academic Institutions.

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