Past events


Feminist methodology

A seminar with Prof Mary Margaret Fonow, Arizona State University, 12 July 2011, Magill Campus. Professor Mary Margaret Fonow is Director of Women and Gender Studies at Arizona State University. Before joining the Arizona State University faculty she was an Associate Professor of Women's Studies at the Ohio State University. Her co-edited book (with Judith A Cook) Feminist methodology: feminist scholarship as lived research (Indiana University Press, 1991) has been widely cited. Professor Fonow is a member of the UNESCO Women and Gender Research Network and has served on the editorial boards of Gender & Society, NWSA Journal, Frontiers: A Journal of Women's Studies and the Australian Journal of Sociology.


Inaugural South Australian Women's and Gender Studies Annual Public Lecture

Professor Aileen Moreton-Robinson (Qld University of Technology) delivered this inaugural public lecture in conjunction with the bi-annual AWGSA conference in July 2010. The lecture was the first of what will be an annual event in the Adelaide feminist academic calendar. It was also a celebration of the tenth anniversary of her groundbreaking book Talkin' up to the white woman (2000, UQP). The title of Professor Moreton-Robinson's lecture was 'Talkin' up to the white man: white patriarchal epistemic violence and Indigenous women's knowledge within the academy'.

Australian Women's and Gender Studies Conference 2010

Emerging Spaces: New Possibilities in Critical Times, Adelaide, 30 June – 2 July 2010. Postgraduate day on 29 June. In a time of rapid social, economic and political transition this conference called for consideration of the meaning and possibilities of change for gender in Australia and internationally.


Timor Leste: budgeting for gender equity

A seminar presented by the Research Centre for Gender Studies and the Australian Institute for Social Research (University of Adelaide), 8 July, Adelaide. This seminar drew on research undertaken for a Development Research Award (ADRA) funded project 'Budgeting for women's empowerment: the practices and potential of gender-responsive budgeting in the Asia-Pacific Region' of which East Timor (and Indonesia) are case studies. The research team is joined by Timor Leste visiting research officer, Mr Hermino Xavier, of the Office of the Secretary of State for the Promotion of Gender Equality, Dili.


  • Professor Rhonda Sharp is professor of Economics at the Hawke Research Institute, University of South Australia. She is the team leader of the project and provided an overview of the research.
  • Herminio Xavier is a Research Officer in the Timor Leste government department dedicated to mainstreaming gender equality (the Secretary of State for Promotion of Equality) within the Office of the Prime Minister. Herminio spoke about the key issues of gender equality in Timor Leste and the government's efforts to address these issues.
  • Professor Diane Elson is a professor in the Department of Sociology, University of Essex and a visiting scholar of the Hawke Research Institute and its concentration, the Research Centre for Gender Studies, UniSA. She is collaborating with Professor Rhonda Sharp and her research team on a book on gender-responsive budgeting in the Asia-Pacific region. She outlined how gender-disaggregated expenditure analysis can be applied to the education sector in Timor-Leste.
  • Monica Costa is an economist currently engaged as a research assistant on the project in the HRI's Research Centre for Gender Studies at UniSA. Monica has worked in Timor Leste in several capacities, recently as a gender adviser to the Secretary of State for Promotion of Equality and will background efforts to make budgets respond to gender equality concerns.

Brown bag lunch with Professor Diane Elson

13 May, Magill Campus. Diane Elson is a professor in the Department of Sociology, University of Essex. For almost 40 years she has carried out research on the feminist economics of gender and development. She has been included as one of the fifty key thinkers in a book edited by David Simon, Fifty key thinkers on development, Routledge, 2005. Diane is a visiting international scholar of the Research Centre for Gender Studies and the Hawke Research Institute. She is currently collaborating with Professor Rhonda Sharp and her research team on a book on gender-responsive budgeting in the Asia-Pacific region, and will be at UniSA until mid July.

Diane was a member of the UN Millennium Project Taskforce and the Advisory Committee for UNRISD Policy Report on Gender and Development; and vice-president, International Association for Feminist Economics. From 1998 to 2000, she served as Special Advisor to the Executive Director of UNIFEM and was the lead author on the report Progress on the world's women 2000. Her recent research interests include gender and fiscal policy, and gender and international trade. Recent publications include: 'The social content of macroeconomic policies' (with N Çagatay), World Development, July 2000; Gender budgets make cents (with D Budlender, G Hewitt and T Mukhopadhyay), Commonwealth Secretariat, London, 2002; 'Engendering government budgets in the context of globalization(s)', International Feminist Journal of Politics, 6(4), 2004; Budgeting for women's rights: monitoring government budgets for compliance with CEDAW, UNIFEM, New York, 2006; 'The changing economic and political participation of women and the new challenges of globalisation', in I Lenz, C Ullrich and B Fersch (eds.) Gender orders unbound, Barbara Buderich Publishers, Opladen and Farmington Hills, 2007; 'Macroeconomic policy, employment, unemployment and gender equality' in JA Ocampo and KS Jomo (eds) Towards full and decent employment, Zed Books and Orient Longman, 2007; 'Gender issues in development' in AK Dutt and J Ros (eds) International handbook of development economics, Edward Elgar, 2008. 


Work well or marry well: gender regime under Chinese market reform

Xu Jie (Cindy). A seminar presented by the Research Centre for Gender Studies and the Centre for Work + Life, 23 May 2008, Magill Campus.

By analysing what is behind a Chinese popular saying 'marry well rather than work well', this presentation explored changes to the gender regime in China. Women are not benefiting from market reform as much as men and many achievements of the socialist women's movement have been lost. Women's attitudes to paid and unpaid work and their choices for marriage are not determined by their own will. Prevailing norms and values and institutions interact to affect their decisions. When more and more Chinese woman agree to marry well rather than work well, this signals an urgent issue regarding gender equality. Xu Jie (Cindy) is Associate Professor in Economics at the Northeast Forestry University (NEFU) in China and was a visiting scholar with the Research Centre for Gender Studies in 2007–08. Jie's research interests include the changes in women's status since market reforms in China.

graffitied caravan from Hope exhibitionHope: the utopian imagination of young people on the margins

Adelaide Festival of Arts exhibition, Migration Museum, Adelaide, 29 February – 30 June 2008
Curators: Simon Robb and Catherine Manning
This exhibition documented responses by 'young people at risk' to ideas about hopefulness and the future. It was part of the Adelaide Festival of Arts 2008 and an outcome of the HRISS Linkage project 'Doing social sustainability: the utopian imagination of youth on the margins'.

This everything water

Adelaide Festival of Arts exhibition
This is rain, detailSA School of Art Gallery
Kaurna Building, City West Campus,
28 February – 28 March

Curator: Kay Lawrence
Guest scholars: John Kean and Diana Wood-Conroy

'This everything water' explored the symbolic resonances and material qualities of pearl shell through artwork by Kay Lawrence and carved pearl shell by Aubrey Tigan.

Areas of study and research

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