Intersections in History

Australian Women’s History Network Conference
Queen Victoria Women’s Centre, Melbourne
March 31-April 1 2016

This conference will explore past and present ‘intersections’ in women’s, feminist and gender history, broadly conceived. Its title gestures towards the theoretical framework of ‘intersectionality’, more usually seen in sociology and gender/cultural studies where it has recently emerged as a key paradigm. This framework insists that multiple categories of analysis (gender, race, class, sexuality among others) must be deployed together to understand social processes and experiences. It has also emerged as an important rallying point for activism. This conference proceeds in part from the understanding that women’s history, and women’s activism, has actually paid attention to multiple categories of analysis for quite some time – even if these contributions are not well recognised.

The conference will also mark a series of significant milestones for the Australian Women’s’ History Network, which will celebrate its 30th anniversary in 2017, and Lilith, which turned 30 in 2014. Plenary speakers will include Ann Curthoys, Carolyn D’Cruz, Samia Khatun, Vera Mackie, Crystal McKinnon, Lynette Russell, Zora Simic, Crystal Feimster and Patricia Grimshaw who was instrumental in founding the Network.

Conference convenors: Jane Carey, Jordy Silverstein and Mary Tomsic.


Conference Publication

A special issue of the AWHN’s journal, Lilith: A Feminist History, for postgrads and ECRs, will emerge from the conference papers in 2017.

The conveners are exploring a number of possible avenues for a special issue in another journal to be announced.