[csaa-forum] Call for Papers:: 2nd Australian Ally Network Conference, Wildflower Season, Western Australia

Baden Offord baden.offord at curtin.edu.au
Thu Jun 7 19:20:42 ACST 2018

Dear CSAA Members and friends,

The Ally Network, the Curtin Centre for Human Rights Education and the Curtin LGBTI Research Network present the 2nd Australian Ally Network Conference that will be hosted at Curtin University in Perth on 27-28 September 2018.

Join us during the magnificent spring wildflowers season of Western Australia. This is your perfectly queer time to visit the West.

Major Conference Theme: Activating Human Rights: Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Intersex Status


The Honorary Michael Kirby AC CMG

Jax Jacki Brown, queer disability activist and spoken word performer from Melbourne

Braden Hill, Director of Aboriginal Education, Murdoch University

Professor Baden Offord, Curtin University

Associate Professor Wendy Cumming-Potvin, Murdoch University

Ms Terri Butler MP

Morgan Carpenter, Intersex activist and PhD scholar, Sydney University

Professor Deborah Terry, Vice-Chancellor, Curtin University

Ro Allen, Commissioner, Gender and Sexuality, Victoria

Nick Lawrence, Chair, TransFolk WA

Professor Adam Shoemaker, Vice-Chancellor, Southern Cross University

Misty Farquhar, Non-Binary activist and PhD scholar, Curtin University

Dr Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli, academic, writer and activist, Deakin University

Dr Shawna Tang, Gender and Cultural Studies, Sydney University

Associate Professor Sam Winter, Transgender health and human rights scholar, Curtin University


The 2018 Ally Conference will open up critical conversations on how to activate human rights in relation to sexual orientation, gender identity, and sex characteristics for all people well into the future, setting new pathways to policy, innovation and enduring change.

The Conference will bring together academic and professional staff, students, activists and practitioners from across Ally and LGBTIQ+ communities in the education sectors and industry and beyond, and will showcase best practice of Ally networks in diverse institutional contexts.

Call for Papers and Panels

We welcome papers/presentations from all interested persons including academics, professional staff, activists, students, industry, and others. This can include updates on projects, policies and practices; theoretical and/or applied research; creative and/or artistic explorations, creative artefacts, interactive Q&A, workshops, or short screenings with discussion that can be situated thematically within the list of suggested topics.

We invite presentations in key focus areas that might address aspects of the following:

Lived experience, education and pedagogy, workplace, theories and practices of queer solidarity and alliances, activism, queer scholarship and intersectionality.

Contributions outside these areas are also welcome.

Suggested topics include (but are not limited to):

Alliances and Solidarities

The role of universities in relation to queer

Queer histories of alliance and solidarity

Queer spaces and conviviliality

After marriage equality...

Safe Schools and Universities

Queer pedagogy

Queer belonging

Queer(y)ing the purpose of Ally

LGBTIQ+ activism, advocacy, and education

Identifying and addressing issues facing LGBTIQ+ students and staff

Sexual orientation, gender identity, and sex characteristics and community engagement

Australian and international LGBTIQ+ / Ally theory and realistic national and international benchmarking

LGBTIQ+ Indigenous issues and lived experience

Negotiating diversity and inclusion in University spaces and ultimate workplace transition for LGBTIQ+ students

Lessons learnt from human rights and social justice in relation to sexual orientation, gender identity, and sex characteristics

Interdisciplinary, trans-disciplinary and multidisciplinary approaches to sexual orientation, gender identity, and sex characteristics

LGBTQI+ feminism and #MeToo movement

Inclusive teaching and other strategies in Higher Education

The role of student unions / guilds in supporting LGBTIQ+ students

Learning from Ally Networks in the workplace / queering the workplace

Visibility / transitioning in Higher Education

Navigating LGBTIQ+ racism, sexism, ableism, xenophobia, and classism

Supporting and engaging LGBTIQ+ international students

Imagining Ally Networks in the 2020s

Learning from the history of Ally Networks

Individual Papers

Individual paper presentations are 20 mins long. Please submit an abstract including Title, Name, Organisation, Email, Abstract (250 words), Bio (100 words).

Collaborative Panels

Panel proposals are also welcome. Panels need to include 3-4 papers. In addition to submitting a 250 word abstract for each presenter, please submit an abstract (100 words) and a title (15 words max.) for the panel as a whole. Please indicate lead panel contact person.

Submission must be sent via email to: AllyConference2018 at curtin.edu.au

Please include a short bio or bios (if panel) note at the end of your abstract or panel.



Professor Baden Offord, PhD
Haruhisa Handa Chair of Human Rights
Director | Centre for Human Rights Education
Director | Australia-Asia-Pacific Institute
Professor of Cultural Studies and Human Rights

School of Media, Creative Arts and Social Inquiry
Faculty of Humanities
Curtin University
T: | +61 8 9266 7186
E: | baden.offord at curtin.edu.au
CRICOS Provider Code 00301J (WA)

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