[csaa-forum] 7 June: Deakin GSS First Fridays - Mobs and Wogs’: Being Indigenous with Southern European Migrant Heritage’ (A panel discussion) and Role Play as Method: Teaching Gender and Sexuality (Joanna Cruickshank)

Gender and Sexuality Studies gsexuality at deakin.edu.au
Fri May 17 13:31:49 ACST 2019

The ‘First Fridays’ series of Gender and Sexuality Studies Postgraduate Workshops and Public Seminars continues on Friday, June 7, at Deakin Downtown (at 727 Collins St, near Southern Cross Station).

The Postgraduate Workshop<https://blogs.deakin.edu.au/gender-and-sexuality-studies-research-network/about-us/postgraduate-masterclass-series/> will run 2-330pm, followed by the Public Seminar<https://blogs.deakin.edu.au/gender-and-sexuality-studies-research-network/about-us/seminar-series/> at 4pm. ‘First Fridays’ are free and open to people interested in the work, although bookings are required for both the Seminar<https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/first-fridays-deakin-gss-seminar-series-lgbt-conversion-therapy-sex-religion-and-human-rights-tickets-56393182527> and the Workshop<https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/first-fridays-deakin-gss-postgraduate-workshop-working-with-indigenous-epistemologies-with-lisa-tickets-56381776411>.


We are thrilled to present two exciting presentations in June: Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli will chair a panel on ‘Mobs and Wogs’: Being Indigenous with Southern European Migrant Heritage’. Panellists include Annette Xiberras, Paola Balla, Dino Hodge and Francesco Ricatti. Joanna Cruickshank will present a Postgraduate Workshop on ‘Role Play as Method: Teaching Gender and Sexuality’.

Please see below for further information on the presentations:

2-330pm, Role Play as Method: Teaching Gender and Sexuality
A Postgraduate Workshop by Joanna Cruickshank

'Reacting to the Past' is a teaching method which introduces students to complex texts and concepts through immersive role-playing games which simulate particular historical events or debates. The method was developed over two decades ago in response to a range of concerns about the ineffectiveness of conventional lecturing, student unwillingness or inability to read complex historical texts and a belief in the unharnessed power of games and play in adult education. You can read more about the Reacting method and consortium here https://reacting.barnard.edu/​ There is now a body of research that shows the Reacting method is effective in improving student engagement and comprehension. It is also a lot of fun.

In recent years I have been developing my understanding of this method, participating in games and workshops and now running a 4-week game in one of my own units, both on campus and online. In this workshop, I want to provide a brief introduction to the Reacting method, report my own experience of using it in a unit focused on the history of sex and gender and open up discussion on the challenges and opportunities of this method for teaching about gender and sexuality.

About the Speaker

I'm Senior Lecturer in History at Deakin and have been employed here since 2009. I have published primarily on the history of Christianity in eighteenth-century Britain and nineteenth-century Australia, focusing particularly on questions of race and gender. My research is driven by a desire to understand the motivations and consequences of do-gooding. I have applied for seven (seven!) ARC grants, two of which have been successful. I'm currently a Chief Investigator on a Discovery Indigenous project called 'Indigenous Leaders: Lawful Relations from Encounter to Treaty'. My most recent book, co-authored with Patricia Grimshaw, is called White Women, Aboriginal Missions and Australian Settler Governments: Maternal Contradictions and is out with Brill Publishing at the end of May 2019.

Apart from conventional academic outputs, I'm really interested in finding ways to tell new historical stories that help Australians see the past differently and thus imagine different futures. I write occasional articles for ABC Religion & Ethics and among other programs have been interviewed on the Minefield, Soul Search and a number of local ABC stations. I also once had a blink-and-you'll-miss-me cameo on The Project. My interest in story-telling and the power of imagination has also led me to experiment with different pedagogies in the classroom, including the Reacting to the Past method of historical simulation.

4-5pm, 'Mobs and Wogs': Being Indigenous with Southern European Migrant Heritage
A panel discussion featuring Annette Xiberras, Paola Balla, Dino Hodge, Francesco Ricatti, Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli

This seminar will discuss the intersections of Indigeneity, multiculturalism, genders and sexualities. Questions will include:

  1.  What was life like growing up in families, communities, schools, workplaces, churches and in the wider Australian society, and what is it like today?
  2.  How were genders and sexualities understood, affirmed or discriminated in both Indigenous and migrant settings?
  3.  What role did migrants play in influencing and condoning, as well as questioning and confronting, racist and colonialist ideologies on national, community, familial and interpersonal levels?
  4.  Did SE migrants ‘import’ colonial and racial attitudes and convictions that they had acquired in their homelands and colonies, such as Italian colonies in North Africa, or did they learn these from Australian employers, neighbours, churches, schools and media?

Suggested Readings

  *   Annette Xiberras, "Welcome to Country" in M. Pallotta-Chiarolli (ed) Living and Loving in Diversity, Adelaide: Wakefield Press. (Copies of the book are available from the Deakin Library<http://eds.a.ebscohost.com/eds/detail/detail?vid=1&sid=4365056c-e127-48b6-b681-eff98ad0556c%40sessionmgr4009&bdata=JmF1dGh0eXBlPXNzbyZjdXN0aWQ9ZGVha2luJnNpdGU9ZWRzLWxpdmUmc2NvcGU9c2l0ZQ%3d%3d#AN=deakin.b3963285&db=cat00097a>)
  *   Paola Balla, "Blak Female Acts of Disruption". Draft for Altreitalie journal (to be distributed one week prior to the event to all registered participants)
  *   Francesco Ricatti, Chapter 4, "Racism and Racial Ambiguity in a Settler Colonial Context" in Italians in Australia, London: Palgrave MacMillan (Copies of the e-book can be accessed from the Deakin Library<https://ebookcentral-proquest-com.ezproxy-b.deakin.edu.au/lib/deakin/detail.action?docID=5372058>)

About the Speakers

  *   Wurundjeri Tribal Elder and Cultural Heritage Consultant, Annette Xiberras, with a Maltese migrant father
  *   Paola Balla, Wemba Wemba artist and PhD student, with an Italian migrant father.
  *   Dino Hodge, editor of "Colouring the Rainbow: Blak Queer and Trans Perspectives"
  *   Francesco Ricatti, author of "Italians in Australia: History, Identity, Memory"
  *   Chaired by Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli, editor of "Living and Loving in Diversity: An Anthology of Australian LGBTIQ Multicultural Adventures"

For further information and to register click here.<https://blogs.deakin.edu.au/gender-and-sexuality-studies-research-network/about-us/seminar-series/>


The Gender and Sexuality Studies Research Network blog<https://blogs.deakin.edu.au/gender-and-sexuality-studies-research-network/> contains registration details, recordings of past seminars where available and links to other events.

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