AWGSA Conferences & Events

Conferences are held every 2 years. AWGSA Events are run by members: funding calls occur twice each year.

The 2018 Conference will be run by Deakin University. The dates are 22-24 November: the key location will be Deakin Downtown. The provisional conference title is Queer Legacies and New Solidarities. The conference committee contacts are  Dr Ann Vickery Dr Daniel Marshall  and Emma Whatman (Deakin University).


destoryingThe 2016 Conference De-story the Joint was held at Queensland University of Technology, Gardens Point in Brisbane June 29-31. It was hosted by a group of Queensland universities: the Committee was led by Dr Sharon Bickle (USQ).

Keynote Speakers were Professor Clare Hemmings (London School of Economics) and Professor Irene Watson (UniSA).

The AWGSA Conference Report 2016 can be accessed here.


Destorying the joint public lecture.pngOn Destroying the Joint: Debating Feminism, Politics and Media in Australia was a public lecture organised by AWGSA and QAGOMA and supported by the NTEU. The panel speakers were Jane Caro, Jenna Price, Alexandra Payne and Jeannie Rea.


The 2014 Conference was themed Responsibility conference-2014
and was hosted by a consortium of gender programs across Melbourne Universities: University of Melbourne, Monash University and Deakin University. It ran June 23- 25, 2014, Melbourne.

The keynote speaker was Professor Sara Ahmed (Goldsmiths College, United Kingdom).

The AWGSA Conference Report 2014 can be accessed here.


The 2012 conference was themed Interventions: Ref2012-conferencelections, Critiques, Practices, and was hosted by the University of New South Wales, Kensington NSW from 21-23 November.

The keynote speakers included Professor Feona Attwood (Sheffield Hallam University, UK), Dr Kath Albury (UNSW) and Professor Juanita Sherwood (UTS).
Conference reports available here and here.


The 2010 conference,  Emerging Spaces: New Possibilities in Critical Times was jointly hosted by universities in Adelaide, featuring keynote speakers Zillah Eisenstein (Ithaca College, NY), Dorothy Broom (ANU), and Lyn Parker (UWA). Selected proceedings are published in Outskirts  Vol 24.


In 2008 the conference Vision, Memory, Spectacle was hosted by the University of Western Australia, featuring keynotes by Sasha Roseneil (Birkbeck, U London), Felicity Collins (LaTrobe) and Pat Dudgeon (UWA).


The 2006 conference 21st  Century Feminisms was hosted by Monash University and marked the change of name of the Australian Women’s Studies Association to include Gender Studies.