Hear directly from Social & Global Studies Centre researchers as they discuss their work and offer insights on the latest developments in societal & global circumstances.

Feminism, Citizenship and the Digital Era

While in the early days of the internet, there was much optimism surrounding the ways in which online engagements might overcome the traditional constraints of gender, scholars and activists have clearly shown that gender inequality in the digital era remains a significant problem. This is illustrated by the gender digital divide, the in-built biases in the development of artificial intelligence and algorithms, and the widespread problem of technology-facilitated abuse.

Marking International Women's Day 2021, this seminar highlights how these issues don’t affect women equally, but rather disproportionately impact on Indigenous women, women of colour, LGBTIQ+ people, those with disabilities, and women in the Global South.

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What's next for social justice?
Reform in Victoria's Mental Health System

Can the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System delivered on its promise to “enable Victorians to experience their best mental health now and into the future”?

Marking World Day of Social Justice 2021, our esteemed speakers explore the Royal Commission’s recommendations, highlight gaps and barriers to implementation, and identify areas where further work is required.

Will these recommendations fix our broken mental health system, or is this just the latest in a series of failed reform attempts? Is a socially just mental health system in our future?

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The future of the UN’s Agenda for Sustainable Development Post COVID-19

What challenges & opportunities do we face in the United Nations' 75th anniversary year for pursuing the SDGs during & after COVID-19?

To mark United Nations Day 2020, the Social and Global Studies Centre brought together experts from international organisations, government, civil society and academia to discuss the challenges and opportunities for pursuing the SDGs during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.

This panel poses the question, how well will domestic and international actors leverage the current global distruptions to help them implement the SDGs or indeed rethink the shape of a global sustainable development agenda?

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Aileen Moreton-Robinson: 20th Anniversary of Talkin’ Up to the White Woman

SGSC Associate Member, Distinguished Professor Aileen Moreton-Robinson, along with Fiona Nicoll discuss the twentieth anniversary of Talkin’ Up to the White Woman: What's changed in Australian and global feminist conversations since Moreton-Robinson first wrote the book? Is popular feminism’s emphasis on intersectionality a sign of progress? And where do traditions of Indigenous women’s sovereignty sit in relation to mass movements like #MeToo and Black Lives Matter?

Presented in collaboration with State Library of Queensland as part of The Wheeler Centre's Broadly Speaking seminar series on September 2nd, 2020.

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Autism in Academia

Autism research is still largely dominated by approaches which refer to autism as a “disorder” or a “deficit” with the aim to treat or cure autism. However, Autistic people and their allies are challenging these assumptions and are demanding Autistic people be included in the conduct of research to ensure it meets the needs of their community.

This seminar brought together Autistic self-advocates, academics and the public to discuss how universities and research can be more accepting of Autistic people. Join us to hear from a panel of Autistic self-advocates engaged in research and academia.

Co-hosted with the HASH Network for Social Sciences Week 2020 on September 11th, 2020.

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