About & Join AWGSA

The history of AWGSA covers more than two decades, beginning as the Australian Women’s Studies Association and becoming Australian Women’s and Gender Studies Association  at the 2006 Melbourne Conference Annual General Meeting.

AWGSA provides a focal point for all Australian universities offering women’s and gender programs at undergraduate and postgraduate level. We maintain strong links with a range of women’s and gender studies organisations, nationally and internationally.

AWGSA sponsors a range of feminist events. The AWGSA PhD Award is awarded every two years to the best Australian feminist doctoral thesis. AWGSA supports an ECR mentoring program that you can access on joining the organisation.

An Executive is elected at each AGM at the biennial conference. The committee for 2016-2018 is below: if you click on the links, you can read about our Executive members.

President JaneMaree Maher (Monash, VIC)
Vice President Sharon Bickle (USQ, QLD)
Secretary Juliet Watson (RMIT, Vic)
Treasurer Liz Mackinlay (UQ, QLD)
Immediate Past President Meredith Nash (UTAS, Tas)
Executive Members WA: Chantal Bourgault du Coudray (UWA)
SA: Shawna Marks (Adel), Amy Mead (Flinders)
Tas: Meredith Nash (UTas)
Vic: Jessica Crofts (Melb, ECR rep), Ingrid Yngstrom
NSW: Jessica Kean (USyd), Sophie Robinson (UNSW)
Qld: Sarah Casey (Griffith, ECR rep), Sue Monk(Griffith)
Social Media  Karla Elliott (Monash )
Monica Campo(AIFS, RMIT)
Emma Whatman (Deakin)

JOIN AWGSA

Membership of AWGSA is open to all who agree with its objectives:

  •  To promote the teaching, study, and research of women’s and gender studies in Australia.
  • To be a national voice on women’s and gender studies issues.
  • To promote links with other international feminist organisations and associations.
AWGSA Mentor Database

ECR and postgraduate students make up a significant number of AWGSA members. The ECR representatives on the Executive Committee have suggested that mentoring from senior colleagues through our women’s and gender studies network would offer significant collegial and collaborative opportunities for all. If you are interested in offering yourself as a mentoring contact, or you would like to find a mentor, please add your details to our spreadsheet on Google Docs

AWGSA Mailing List

To keep up to date on all the lastest news from AWGSA and our members join our mailing list. The AWGSA newsletter is distributed twice a month and includes info on upcoming conferences, call for papers, job opportunities and new publications from our members.

Membership fees

Fees may be paid through Paypal (see below), direct debit or cheque.
Membership payment should be accompanied by the AWGSA Membership Form (which has bank deposit details).

Via Paypal:
Waged 1 year ($45)
Waged 2 years ($75)
Unwaged 1 year ($20)
Unwaged 2 years ($30)
Institutional membership ($150)