In the Manner of a Woman: Sex, gender and the Fa'afafine

Join the forum where Samoan fa’afafine will talk freely about their lived experience, share their proud cultural traditions..

The Samoan word "fa'afafine" literally means "In the manner of a woman", and is an umbrella term that describes diverse genders and sexualities in Samoa.

This event provides a forum where Samoan fa’afafine can talk freely about their lived experience, take ownership of their own narrative and share their proud cultural traditions with the wider community at RMIT.

The forum will give the RMIT community insight into culturally diverse ways of understanding and performing gender, and help debunk potential misunderstandings about fa’afafine.

It will also provide insight into the diversity of lived experiences of the Samoan diaspora: first generation migrants, third culture experience of successive immigration waves.

  • What does it mean to be a fa'afafine?
  • How do traditional Samoan understandings of gender and sexuality integrate--or reject--non-Samoan constructs of gender and sexuality?
  • What is the experience of the fa'afafine diaspora in Australia?

Panellists:

Latoya Hoeg, Tony Fretton, Sei Vainale Chen Pao and Miss Katalyna.

Location

The Garden Building, Building 10, Level 6 

376-392 Swanston Street  Melbourne, VIC 3000

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