[csaa-forum] 6 March: 'First Fridays' resumes! Deakin Dean Cooper-Cunningham on 'Drawing Fear of Difference' and introducing the HDR Peer Network

Gender and Sexuality Studies gsexuality at deakin.edu.au
Mon Feb 10 10:39:53 ACST 2020

Deakin’s Gender and Sexuality Studies Research Network is thrilled to welcome you to another year of exciting events.

Our ‘First Fridays’ series of Gender and Sexuality Studies Public Seminars resumes on Friday, 6th March, at Deakin Downtown (at 727 Collins St, near Southern Cross Station).

New to 2020 is the HDR Peer Network. Deakin GSS invites HDR students to codesign a series of workshops. In these student-led spaces, we hope to cultivate writing groups, reading circles and presentations of emerging work, as well as grow a strong network of peers working in Gender and Sexuality Studies.

These are also social times where postgraduate students can share coffee or lunch and learn more about the work other people are engaged in.

The HDR Peer Network meets on the First Friday of the month from 2-3:30pm at Deakin Downtown<http://www.deakin.edu.au/locations/deakin-corporate-centres/deakin-downtown> (727 Collins Street, Melbourne), followed by a GSS public seminar at 4pm<https://blogs.deakin.edu.au/gender-and-sexuality-studies-research-network/news-and-events/seminar-series/>. Participation is free but registration is required.


We are thrilled to kick things off in March with an exciting seminar by Dean Cooper-Cunningham on ‘Drawing Fear of Difference: Race, Gender, and National Identity in Ms. Marvel Comics’. It will also mark the first meeting of the HDR Peer Network, led by Daniel Marshall and our new Lecturer in Gender and Sexuality Studies, Dr Gilbert Caluya.

Please see below for further information on the presentations:

2-330pm, HDR Peer Network #1: Meet and Greet<https://blogs.deakin.edu.au/gender-and-sexuality-studies-research-network/about-us/postgraduate-masterclass-series/>

The first meeting of the GSS HDR Peer Network will be an opportunity to meet with others and design activities for postgraduate students in 2020. Questions will include: What kinds of events would you like to get involved in? Reading groups? Workshops where you can circulate drafts of your work for feedback? Academic skills workshops? Presentation spaces? Other types of events?

Please circulate to all HDR students who research or have research interests in the area of gender and sexuality studies. All are welcome to join us for a coffee afterwards.

About the Speakers
We’ll be joined by our new Lecturer in Gender and Sexuality Studies, Dr Gilbert Caluya. Some of you may have already met him from his presentation at a previous First Fridays. He specialises in feminist, queer, critical race/decolonial, and cultural theories and does research around race, intimacy and security. Gilbert has also been heavily involved in the RHD development space. Between the University of Melbourne, University of South Australia and the University of Sydney, Gilbert has run multiple workshops (such as: publication planning, how to find your academic identity, networking, writing (general), writing for publication, grant writing, how to do interviews and how to create an academic CV and use it for professional development, among others). He’s really keen to find out about your projects and your research and career interests and to see how he can be useful to the HDR peer network. He has a couple of ideas, but he’d love to hear what you want and need first.
Daniel Marshall is a Senior Lecturer in Literature in the School of Communication and Creative Arts, Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia, and the convenor of Deakin’s Gender and Sexuality Studies Major. Daniel received his Ph.D. from the Department of English with Cultural Studies at the University of Melbourne. He has previously held positions as a Research Fellow at the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society (La Trobe), and as an invited Visiting Scholar at the Center for LGBTQ Studies (Graduate Center, City University of New York) and at the Weeks Centre for Social and Policy Research (London South Bank University). He is a past president of the Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, one of Australia’s oldest national LGBTIQ organisations, and is currently a Chief Investigator on an ARC-funded Discovery Project called “Queer Generations.”

4-5pm, Drawing Fear of Difference: Race, Gender, and National Identity in Ms. Marvel Comics<https://blogs.deakin.edu.au/gender-and-sexuality-studies-research-network/about-us/seminar-series/>
A seminar by Dean Cooper-Cunningham

Feminist scholars have provided important analyses of the gendered and racialised discourses used to justify the Global War on Terror. They show how post-9/11 policies were made possible through particular binary constructions of race, gender, and national identity in official discourse. Turning to popular culture, in this seminar I use a Queer feminist poststructuralist approach to look at the ways that Ms. Marvel comics destabilise and contest those racialised and gendered discourses. Specifically, I explore how Ms. Marvel provides a reading of race, gender, and national identity in post-9/11 USA that challenges gendered-racialised stereotypes. Providing a Queer reading of Ms. Marvel that undermines the coherence of Self/Other binaries, I argue that to write, draw, and circulate comics and the politics they depict is a way of intervening in international relations that imbues comics with the power to engage in dialogue with and (re)shape systems of racialised-gendered domination and counter discriminatory legislation.

About the Speaker
Dean Cooper-Cunningham is a Ph.D. Fellow at the University of Copenhagen working at the intersections of visual politics, critical security studies, and feminist and queer theories. He is currently researching (responses to) Russian political queerphobia and is particularly interested in questions about silence and the visuality of resistance and security. His recent work, published in the International Feminist Journal of Politics, focuses on seeing (in)security and theorises the interrelation of text/words, images, and the body through the case of the British Women’s Suffrage Movement. Previously, Dean held an editorial position with E-International Relations between 2015-2018 and he is the recipient of the 2019 Erik Hoffmeyers Award to undertake research stays in New York, Melbourne and Sydney.

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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