[csaa-forum] CFP and ECR/PG support: intersections of gender, race, religion and community

Tanja Dreher tanja.dreher at uts.edu.au
Tue Jun 27 14:51:28 CST 2006


Publication support for Postgraduates and Early Career Researchers 
writing on intersections of gender, race, religion and community.
Due to generous support from the PG/ECR Node of the ARC Cultural 
Research Network, we are pleased to announce a program to support 
Postgraduate and Early Career Researchers in developing publication 
outcomes from their participation in the 'Not another hijab row' 
conference (details and CFP below).

The ECR/PG program includes:

- a publications workshop in conjunction with the conference
- a partnering system to put ECRs and PGs in contact with others in 
their area of research.
- mentoring from senior researchers

The workshop and mentoring are designed to support participants in 
developing their papers for publication in a special edition of the 
refereed ejournal Trans/forming Cultures.

Postgraduates and Early Career Researchers interested in taking part in 
the publication support program should contact tanja.dreher at uts.edu.au 
<mailto:tanja.dreher at uts.edu.au>



Not another hijab row: New conversations on gender, race, religion and 

A national conference sponsored by Trans/forming Cultures: Key Centre 
for Communication and Culture, UTS

Sunday, 10 December 2006
University of Technology, Sydney 

Despite a decade of 'race debates' in Australia, analyses of the 
intersections between gender, race and religion remain all but absent in 
the public sphere. In recent years Muslim women in particular have been 
subjected to intense public scrutiny, yet these controversies have 
largely been limited to provocative comments on the hijab and sharia 
law. Such narrow debates have served to silence the experiences and the 
concerns of Muslim women and of scholars and community workers who 
engage the intersections of gender, race and religion.

This conference seeks to establish a space for constructive dialogue 
around the perspectives which are marginalised in public discussions, 
focusing on how gender, race and religion shape notions of belonging and 
exclusion in Australia. Ideas around gender, race and religion have long 
been deployed in the construction of Australian national identity, and 
are particularly evident in current representations of 'aggressive' and 
'misogynistic' Islam as the ultimate alien other in 'tolerant' 
Judeo-Christian Australia. In minority communities, questions over 
community leadership, representation, and responses to racism have often 
revolved around constructions of culture, faith and gender roles.

The organisers seek papers and presentations from all disciplinary 
perspectives in order to build a conversation across spectra of belief, 
scholarship and community. Rather than another 'hijab debate', the 
conference will explore the intersections of gender, race and religion 
in regards to:

-         public space and public safety
-         health, housing and education
-         security and belonging
-         employment and unemployment
-         social inclusion and exclusion
-         media and public debate
-         the dynamics of community
-         the politics of representation
-         advocacy and activism
-         feminisms
-         nationalism and national identity
-         'law and order' and representations of crime

Full papers may be submitted following the conference for inclusion in a 
refereed publication.

Deadline for abstracts: Monday 31 July. Please send 200 word abstracts 
and a brief biographical note to tanja.dreher at uts.edu.au 
<mailto:tanja.dreher at uts.edu.au>

For more information, contact

    * Dr Tanja Dreher: tanja.dreher at uts.edu.au
      <mailto:tanja.dreher at uts.edu.au>, 02-9514-2757 or
    * Dr Christina Ho: christina.ho at uts.edu.au
      <mailto:christina.ho at uts.edu.au>, 02-9514-1946


Following 'Not another hijab row':


11 - 13 December, 2006



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