Plenary Speakers

Ann Curthoys

Ann Curthoys is a historian and honorary professor at the University of Sydney and the University of Western Australia. She has written on a range of subjects in Australian history and on questions of historical theory and writing, her books including Freedom Ride: A Freedom Rider Remembers (2002), and (with John Docker) Is History Fiction? (2005, rev. 2010). She is currently writing with Jessie Mitchell a book for Cambridge University Press tentatively titled Colonising Liberty: How Settlers in the Australian Colonies gained Self-Government and Indigenous People Lost it.


Carolyn D’Cruz

Carolyn D’Cruz is a senior lecturer and program convenor of Gender, Sexuality and Diversity Studies at La Trobe University. She is author of Identity politics in deconstruction: Calculating with the incalculable and is co-editor of the anthology, After homosexual: The legacies of gay liberation.


Ruth DeSouza

Ruth De Souza is the Stream Leader for Research, Policy and Evaluation at the Centre for Culture, Ethnicity and Health at North Richmond Community Health.


Crystal Feimster

Crystal N. Feimster, a native of North Carolina, is an associate professor in the Department of African American Studies, the American Studies Program and History Department at Yale University; and she is also affiliated with the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program. Her publications include “The Impact of Racial and Sexual Politics on Women’s History,” Journal of American History (2012), “’How are the Daughters of Eve Punished?’ Rape During the American Civil War,” in Writing Women’s History, ed. Elizabeth Anne Payne (Oxford: Mississippi University Press, 2011), and “General Benjamin Butler & the Threat of Sexual Violence During the American Civil War,” Daedalus (American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Spring, 2009). Her prize winning book, Southern Horrors: Women and the Politics of Rape and Lynching (Harvard University Press, 2009) examines the roles of both black and white women in the politics of racial and sexual violence in the American South. In 2010 she was named in the The Root 100 as one of a new generation of African-American leader. She has been a fellow at the American Academy of Arts and Science (Cambridge, Ma) and a visiting scholar in the School of Social Sciences at the Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton, NJ).


Patricia Grimshaw

Patricia Grimshaw is an Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Melbourne, where she previously held the Max Crawford Chair. She is internationally recognised for her pioneering work in women’s history, missionary history and comparative colonial history, where she has focussed on issues of gender and race in settler societies. Her publications include Paths of duty: American missionary wives in nineteenth century Hawaii (University of Hawaii Press, 1989) and, with Julie Evan, David Philips and Shurlee Swain, Equal subjects, unequal rights: Indigenous people in British settler colonies, 1830-1910 (Manchester University Press, 2003), among other books as well as dozens of articles and chapters. Professor Grimshaw was instrumental in the formation of the Australian Women’s History Network.


Samia Khatun

Samia Khatun is a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Melbourne. She is a historian of South Asia and Australia.


Vera Mackie

Vera Mackie is Senior Professor of Asian Studies and Director of the Centre for Critical Human Rights Research in the Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts at the University of Wollongong. Recent publications include The Social Sciences in the Asian Century (ANU Press, 2015, co-edited with Carol Johnson and Tessa Morris-Suzuki), Ways of Knowing about Human Rights in Asia (Routledge, 2015), The Routledge Handbook of Sexuality Studies in East Asia (Routledge 2015, co-edited with Mark McLelland) and Gender, Nation and State in Modern Japan (Routledge 2014, co-edited with Andrea Germer and Ulrike Wöhr).


Crystal McKinnon

Crystal McKinnon is an Amangu woman from the Yamatji nation on the west coast of Australia. She is a PhD student at Latrobe University, examining Indigenous resistance to oppression through the use of the creative arts, including music and literature, and is co-editor of History, Power and Text: Cultural Studies and Indigenous Studies (UTS ePress, 2014). She is also the Project Coordinator at Elizabeth Morgan House Aboriginal Women’s Service, and is on the board of Flat Out Ltd and the Law and Advocacy Centre for Women.


Lynette Russell

Lynette Russell is an anthropological historian, and Director of the Monash University Indigenous Centre in Melbourne, Australia. Originally trained in archaeology she now works across the disciplines of history, archaeology and anthropology. She is the author or editor of numerous books, including Roving Mariners: Aboriginal Whaler and Sealers, in the southern oceans 1790-1870, (2012 SUNY) and Governance and Victoria: Colonial History, Postcolonial Theory and the “Aboriginal Problem, (2015, Aboriginal History Press) and with Ian J. McNiven Appropriated Pasts: Archaeology and Indigenous People in Settler Colonies, (2005, AltaMira Press).


Zora Simic

Zora Simic is a Lecturer in History and Convenor of Women’s and Gender Studies in the School of Humanities and Languages at the University of New South Wales. She has published widely on the past and present of Australian feminism, including articles in Australian Feminist Studies and History Australia. Her research and teaching interests are also closely integrated. Drawing on teaching of post-war migration to Australia, she continues to extend research on the impact of migration on wider Australian society. Her other current research interest – female sexuality in the context of western modernity – emerges from teaching the history of sexuality and introductory women’s and gender studies.