Associate Professor Barbara Baird

Associate Professor

College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

place Social Sciences South (319)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

After completing my PhD about South Australian women's experiences of illegal abortion (before 1970), and almost a decade working and teaching at Flinders and Adelaide University, in 1999 I went to the University of Tasmania in Hobart where I coordinated the Gender Studies program for seven years. I have been in the discipline of Women's Studies at Flinders University since 2006.


BA (Flinders, 1979)

Grad Dip (Women's Studies) (SACAE, 1988)

PhD (Flinders, 1999)

Honours, awards and grants
ARC Discovery grant 2005-2007: Reconfiguring inimate life: Gender and sexuality as site of national redefinition in Australia since 1996

2010 & 2012:  Flinders University Nominee for the UniJobs Lecturer of the Year
2003: Dorothy Award for Creativity at the Gala Awards Night for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community in Tasmania
1993: Co-recipient of SA Equal Opportunity Award on behalf of Lesbian and Gay Community Action (LGCA)
Key responsibilities

Honours Coordinator, Women's Studies

I am a member of the Editorial Boards of Outskirts and the Journal of Australian Studies.

Research expertise
Cultural studies
Gender Studies
Historical studies
Sexuality Studies
Women's Studies
Research interests

General interests: The cultural politics and histories of sexuality and reproduction in Australia; abortion; feminism in Australia; 'intersectional' approaches to gender and sexuality issues; representations of children and 'the child'; critical race and whiteness theories in Australian contexts; Indigenous studies; memory and representations of the past.

My research focus over recent years has been the racialised nature of gender and sexuality politics during 'the Howrad era' in Australia (1996-2007). This has generated numerous journal articles anda book manuscript.

My current focus is a new project that is investigating the cultural history of the practice of abortion in Australia since the early 1990s.

I am also part of a research group with colleagues from Macquarie University and the Univesrity of Newcastle that is investigating the history of 'sexual citizenship' in Australia since the late 1960s.

A third current project focuses on the race and gender politics of the criminalisation of the transmission of HIV infection in Australia.

Teaching interests
My teaching interests include introductory and upper level women's and gender studies, with special interests in sexualities, masculinities, gender and sexuality in Australian history, the gendered and raced dimensions of public and private memory and commemmoration, media and cultural identities, feminism and feminist theory and in the voices and perspectives of Indigenous women.
Topic coordinator
WMST2016 Indigenous Women's Voices
WMST3009 Sexualities: Perspectives, Pleasures, Poltiics
WMST3012 Performing Masculinities
HIST2022 Memory and the Poltiics of Difference: Sex, Race and belonging
WMST7026 Critique and Construct in Women's Studies
WMST1002 Gender, Power and Change
Supervisory interests
Abortion and maternity
Australian Indigenous studies
Critical race and whiteness studies in Australian contexts
Feminist and queer approaches to Australian history
History and cultural politics of sexuality and reproduction
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: The Voice in the Stitch: Writing a History of Australian Feminist Craft, 1975 to the Present (joint with History) (1), Cultures of gender and sexuality in relation to to HIV/AIDS in Papua (jointly with Population Studies) (1)
Associate supervisor: Feminism, Archives and History (joint with History) (1)
Principal supervisor: The experience of 'floating sex workers' in Bangladesh (1), The Gendered Newsroom: Embodied Subjectivity in the Changing World of the Media (1), Wired and Dangerous: Maternal Bodies in Cyber(cultural)space (1), A Place in the Empire: Negotiating the Life of Gertrude Kenny (1), Uses of performance to prevent rape and sexual assault (joint with Drama) (1), Women filmmakers in post New Order Indonesia (jointly with Flinders Asia Centre) (1)
Associate supervisor: Representations of maids in Argentinian literature (joint with History) — Associate (1), Spousal violence in Bangladesh: ‘problem wives’ and shelter homes (jointly with Social Work) (1)
Higher degree by research student achievements
Anitra Goriss-Hunter

Australian Women's & Gender Studies Association biennial prize for Best PhD thesis - NOV 2012

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  • Abortion
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