An Executive Committee is elected at the AGM, held at the biennial conference. The following members comprise the 2018-2020 committee.
PRESIDENT – Juliet Watson
Dr Juliet Watson is the Deputy Director of the Unison Housing Research Lab and a Senior Lecturer in Homelessness in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies at RMIT University. Juliet’s research and teaching are focused on the areas of gendered violence, feminisms, homelessness, and social housing. Her doctoral thesis won the AWGSA PhD Award in 2016. This research formed the basis for her book, Youth Homelessness and Survival Sex: Intimate Relationships and Gendered Subjectivities.
Professional profile: https://www.rmit.edu.au/contact/staff-contacts/academic-staff/w/watson-dr-juliet
VICE PRESIDENT – Sarah Casey
Dr Sarah Casey is a Lecturer in Media and Communication at the School of Creative Industries at University of the Sunshine Coast. Sarah’s teaching centres on media and communication industries, communication, and television studies. She researches media-centred cultural attitudinal change campaigning using digital media in feminist activism, celanthropy, Australian media feminisms, and women’s experiences of living in extreme weather conditions. Sarah is the Chief Investigator of the Real Stories of Country Women project which documents through film the lived experiences of women in drought affected Queensland. In 2019, Sarah’s book #Heroines: Celebrity Activism, Digital Campaigns and Australian Media Feminists will be published.
Professional profile: https://www.usc.edu.au/staff-repository/dr-sarah-casey
Twitter: Personal: Twitter.com/sarahjcasey
–with Dr Juliet Watson: Twitter.com/feministingoz
Secretary – Suzanne Egan
Dr Suzanne Egan is an honorary research fellow at the University of Sydney and researcher with Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia. Suzanne’s research focuses on the uptake of trauma discourse and knowledge in feminist work against sexual violence. A monograph Putting feminism to work, Theorising sexual violence, trauma and subjectivity, based on their doctoral and post-doctoral research is forthcoming. Suzanne’s work at DVRSA centres on the issue of academic sexual misconduct.
Professional Profiles: http://sydney.edu.au/education_social_work/about/staff/profiles/suzanne.egan.php
Treasurer and Immediate Past President – Professor JaneMaree Maher
Professor JaneMaree Maher is Professor in the Centre for Women’s Studies and Gender Research, Sociology in the School of Social Sciences. Her research is focused in two key areas of gendered social science: women’s work and family, and gendered violences. Her research critically examines how social institutions such as families and the criminal justice system create gendered inequalities and inequities. With other members of the Monash Gender & Family team, she is working the Victorian State Government on recommendations from the Royal Commission into Family Violence (2016). She is Immediate Past President of AWGSA and a long-serving Treasurer.
Professional profile: https://research.monash.edu/en/persons/janemaree-maher
Tasmania Representative – Ruby Grant
Dr Ruby Grant is an early career researcher and lecturer in Sociology at the University of Tasmania. Her teaching and research interests include feminist sociology, queer theory and sexuality studies, LGBTIQ-inclusive health practice, and women’s health. Ruby has published broadly on gender and sexuality issues in sociology, public health, gender studies and education.
Professional Profile: https://www.utas.edu.au/profiles/staff/sociology/ruby-grant
SA Representative – Monique Mulholland
Dr Monique Mulholland is a Senior Lecturer in the College of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences at Flinders University. Her research works with feminist, queer and post-colonial/critical race theory to explore young people’s negotiations with gender, sex and sexuality norms and subjectivities. Her recent book is titled Young People and Pornography: Young People Negotiate Pornification (2013, Palgrave Macmillan), and latest article is Race and Sexuality: Colonial Ghosts and Contemporary Orientalisms (The Palgrave Handbook of Ethnicity, 2019). All of her research is undertaken with community partners, such as her recent projects ‘What Works?’ Sexuality, Intergenerational Negotiations and Multi-Cultural Multi-Faith Communities and ‘In The Moment’: A whole school approach to confront sexism where and when it occurs.
Victoria Representative – Andrea Waling
Dr Andrea Waling is a Research Fellow at the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health & Society at La Trobe University. Andrea’s research is focused on masculinity, bodies, sexualisation, LGBTI+ health and well-being, and qualitative research. She is recognised as a ‘Rising Scholar in the Field of Sexuality’ by The Society for Sexuality Studies and is the current Book Reviews Editor for the Journal of Bodies, Sexualities, and Masculinities.
Professional profile: https://scholars.latrobe.edu.au/display/awaling
NSW and Media Representative – Jessica Kean
Dr Jessica Kean holds two concurrent posts at the University of Sydney, Australia: Lecturer in the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies; Interdisciplinary Lecturer with the Education Enterprise and Engagement Unit, Office of the DVC Education. Her research explores marginalised intimate cultures, with a focus on queer sexuality, feminism and non-monogamy. She has an emerging research interest in pedagogy in higher education. Jess has had research published in Hypatia, Feminist Media Studies, Sexualities (2015, 2018) and Cultural Studies Review. She’s also written for The Conversation, Archer and SMH, and has appeared on news and radio including a sketch on mansplaining for Tonightly.
QLD Representative – Sharon Bickle
Dr Sharon Bickle is a lecturer in English Literature at the University of Southern Queensland, Springfield Campus. Her research interests are in late-Victorian women’s writing with a particular interest in the collaborative partnership of “Michael Field.” She is co-editor of The Latchkey: A Journal of New Woman Studies.
WA Representative – Chantal Bourgault Du Coudray
Lecturer in Gender Studies / Academic Coordinator, McCusker Centre for Citizenship. Dr Chantal Bourgault du Coudray teaches gender and cultural studies at The University of Western Australia, and has expertise in Gestalt psychotherapy. She has extensive experience leading place-based and transdisciplinary collaborations between university students and community partners, with a focus on fostering diversity and inclusion, respectful dialogue, ‘eloquent listening’, and relational work. Recent publications canvas feminist care ethics, relationality and communication across difference. Other publications explore fairy tales, genre fiction, and popular culture. She has also written and produced a number of films, notably the feature drama The Sculptor’s Ritual (2009).
ECR Representative – Tom Sandercock
Dr Tom Sandercock is a casual lecturer and tutor in the School of Communication and Creative Arts at Deakin University in the disciplines of Writing and Literature and Gender and Sexuality Studies. In 2017 he earned his PhD in Literary Studies at Deakin University with a focus on transgender representation in youth literature, television, and film. He has published peer-reviewed articles on transgender representation in Journal of Gender Studies and Outskirts: feminisms along the edge and can be contacted by email or on Twitter.
Professional Profile: https://www.deakin.edu.au/about-deakin/people/thomas-sandercock
ECR Representative – Kythera Watson-Bonnice
Dr Kythera Watson-Bonnice completed her B.A., B.A.(Hons) and Ph.D at Swinburne University of Technology where she is also a lecturer in Sociology. She specialises in femininities and women’s gender expressions. Her PhD thesis, titled “You can play with the ball, but don’t get dirty”: A hierarchy of heterosexual women’s gender expressions, explores the complexities around embodying various forms of femininities and provides a theoretical framework for theorising women’s gender expressions. Kythera’s research interests include femininity and women’s gender expressions, women and work, gender and sport, and gender-neutral parenting. Kythera is the co-convenor of the Australian Sociological Association Gender and Sexualities Thematic Group and Early Career Research Co-Representative for the Australian Women’s and Gender Studies Association.
Media Representative – Camille Nurka
Camille Nurka is an independent gender studies scholar. She has taught as a sessional lecturer and tutor at a number of Australian universities and published widely on the politics of sexed embodiment. She is also a professional freelance copyeditor for academics in the humanities and social sciences. She is the author of Female Genital Cosmetic Surgery: Deviance, Desire and the Pursuit of Perfection
Media Representative – Emma Whatman
Emma Whatman is a PhD candidate, sessional academic and research assistant in the School of Communication & Creative Arts at Deakin University (Melbourne, Australia). Emma’s research focuses on fairy-tale media, postfeminism, girlhood and adaptation. She teaches and coordinates undergraduate and masters courses in children’s literature, gender studies, and digital media. Her most recent publications can be found in The Routledge Companion to Fairy-Tale Media Cultures (2018) and The Evolution and Social Impact of Video Game Economics (2017). Emma was a co-convener of the recent conference, ‘Queer Legacies, New Solidarities’ and can be found on Twitter at @emmawhatman.
Professional profile: https://www.deakin.edu.au/about-deakin/people/emma-whatman
Post-graduate Representative – Shawna Marks
Shawna Marks is a PhD candidate writing, researching, teaching and speaking about feminism, men’s violence against women, masculinity, sex and popular cultures including sport. Shawna is currently completing a doctorate that examines social constructions and masculinity and heterosexuality within the sexual culture of Australian football as a way to explore potential for initiatives that engage communities in violence prevention through sport.
Professional Profile: https://www.flinders.edu.au/people/shawna.marks