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)
ARC Discovery Project DP170100502 2017-2019: Gender and Sexual Politics: Changing citizenship in Australia since 1969 (with Prof Robert Reynolds, Assoc Prof Michelle Arrow & Dr Leigh Boucher, Dept of Modern History, Poltiics and International Relations, Macquarie University)
ARC Discovery Project 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)
Coordinator, Higher Degrees by Research, College of Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences
Honours Coordinator, Women's Studies
I am a member of the Editorial Boards of Outskirts and the Journal of Australian Studies.
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.
I am part of a research group with colleagues from Macquarie University that is investigating the history of 'sexual citizenship' in Australia since the late 1960s. The case studies which have been my focus thus far include the establishment of legal abortion services in Australia in the 1970s, the LGBTIQ movement in C21st Australia (a juxtaposition of the campaign for marriage equaltiy and queer solidarity with asylum seekers in detention) and the campaign to support the Safe Schools scheme.
My other current project is an investigation of the history of the practice of abortion in Australia since the early 1990s.
My research focus over recent years has been the racialised nature of gender and sexuality politics during 'the Howard era' in Australia (1996-2007). This has generated numerous journal articles.
Australian Women's & Gender Studies Association biennial prize for Best PhD thesis - NOV 2012
I am currently the Co-Convenor of the South Australian Abortion Action Coalition (saaac, see https://saabortionactioncoalition.com/). saaac's goal is to improve SA women's access to abortion services and to normalise abortion as health care. We are pursuing the decriminalisation of abortion in SA. The Statutes Amendment (Abortion Law Reform) Bill 2018 which was introduced into the SA upper house in December 2018 by Tammy Franks (Greens) follows saaac's recommendation for decriminalisation and the regulation of abortion as health care.
I have been a regular contributor to the forum program in FEAST, Adelaide's LGBT cutural festival, since its inception in 1997. More recently I have also participated in queer (and abortion-focused) activities sponsored by the Migration Museum and Centre for Democracy.
In 2015, with Dr Ros Prosser (University of Adelaide), under the umbrella of FEAST, I co-convened the Remembering Dunstan project to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexualtiy in South Australia and to remember the inspiring political leadership of former Premier Don Dunstan. The project had two activities during FEAST in 2015 - a public lecture by law professor Nan Seuffert about 'queer' people seeking asylum in Australia and a troupe of 125 'Marching Dunstans' in the Pride March.
In October 2012 I was appointed to the South Australian Department for Communities and Social Inclusion's Rainbow Council. The council existed for an eighteen month period (2013-2014) and supported the department in the devising of an LGBTTIQ inclusion strategy for the state government which was launched in early 2014.
I have twice, in 2007 and 2012, with Dr Damien Riggs, co-convened the annual conference of the Australian Critical Race and Whiteness Studies Association.
Since 2010 I have, with fellow feminist academics from UniSA and the University of Adelaide, co-convened the SWomen's & Gender Studies Annual Public Lecture
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