AWGSA Conferences & Events

Conferences are held every 2 years.

AWGSA Events are run by members.

At each Conference from 2018, AWGSA will award a Most Distinguished Paper Award.


Australian Women’s and Gender Studies
Association Biannual conference 2020

Flinders University City Campus,
Victoria Square, Adelaide

Unfortunately, we have decided to postpone the AWGSA conference 2020 until next year due to COVID19. However, for some good news, we can confirm the dates and keynote speakers for next year: 13th – 16th July. Please see the updated conference website for new dates and abstract submission deadline. Thanks, and look forward to seeing you all next year!

Monique Mulholland, AWGSA Conference Committee Chair

More information and Call for Papers now open at:


Queer Legacies, New Solidarities was held at Deakin University and State Library of Victoria, 22-24 November 2018. It was hosted by Deakin Gender and Sexuality Studies, the Australian Women’s and Gender Studies Association and the Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives.

The conference focused on queer and gendered legacies and how we work with such legacies to build future worlds and solidarities.

Keynote speakers were Anjali Arondekar and Jean Nestle.

The 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.



On 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 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: Reflections, 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.