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Gender and Diversity Research Symposium

November 16, 2018 at 2:53 PM

From Gender and Diversity Research Group 

125 years of female suffrage - Challenges and hope in gender and diversity research and practice

Date: Wednesday 21 Nov, 10am - 5pm

Location: AUT City Campus
WF Building, 710 and 711
Auckland 
New Zealand

In a spirit of advancement and hope, this symposium addresses issues related to gender and diversity from a variety of interdisciplinary perspectives; whether theoretical, methodological, practical or pedagogical in terms of implications.

Programme details

Keynote presentations from industry and community practitioners, academics and postgraduate students will be given.

A central aim of the day is to celebrate 125 years of female suffrage and provide thoughtful feedback and discussion among our growing network of gender and diversity practitioners, scholars and community activists.

Sandra Dickson (National Council of Women of NZ – Gender Equal NZ) will discuss the results of NZ’s first Gender Attitudes Survey and facilitate a discussion on the findings.

Janet Charman (poet) will discuss how we cope and adjust personally, when a dominant culture trope we have been accustomed to view in one way, as "well loved", is discomfortingly reframed to recognise our (sexually and racially) colonising past. The presentation will focus on John Mulgan’s iconic 1939 Aotearoa NZ novel Man Alone in terms of its long-denied homoerotic subtext and asks if we are ready to recognise Mulgan's sexually complex representation of masculinity: a view critically unacknowledged for the past eighty years.

Panel discussion

Reflections on the Theme: 125 Years of Female Suffrage: Challenges and Hope in Gender & Diversity Research and Practice.

Panel members:

  • Lizzie Marvelly, Musician, columnist, producer and activist
  • Cassandra Mudgway, Lecturer, Law School, AUT
  • Julie Hardaker, Lawyer and former Mayor of Hamilton
  • Pani Farvid, Senior Lecturer, Dept of Pyschology, AUT

Research presentations

  • Yeshika Somarathna, Edwina Pio & Smita Singh: The Gendering of Entrepreneurship: Does Language Widen the Gender Gap?
  • Cassandra Mudgway: Patriarchy: is it Illegal under International Law?
  • Julie Hardacker, Suzette Dyer, Fiona Hurd & Mark Harcourt: Gendered Experiences of Workplace Conflict: The perspective of female leaders
  • Thi Thu Thao Tran: Women's Careers in Vietnamese Academia
  • Kate Jones: Overcoming a Wicked Problem of Our Times: Using Macrosocial Marketing Systems Thinking to Chart a Way to Gender Equity and Leadership Diversity in the Top Jobs of New Zealand’s Public Service
  • Najmah, Sharyn G.Davies & Sari Andajani: From Drawings to Puppet Shows: Create a Space with HIV-Positive Mothers in Indonesia

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