6th March 2019
University House, 1 Balmain Crescent, Canberra ACT 2600
Join us for an exciting public panel and discussion highlighting the international in International Women’s Day. Four ANU women Maeve Powell, Katerina Teaiwa, Vini Gautam and Jane Golley will reflect on their experiences of Indigenous Australia, Oceania, South Asia and China and what International Women’s Day means to them.
The panel will be introduced by our new Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation Professor Keith Nugent chaired by Margaret Jolly, Convenor of ANU Gender Institute and is inspired by Sara Ahmed’s challenge to the idea that feminism travels as an imperial gift from the West:
‘It might be assumed that feminism travels from West to East. It might be assumed that feminism is what the West gives to the East. That assumption is a travelling assumption, one that tells a feminist story in a certain way, a story that is much repeated; a history of how feminism acquired utility as an imperial gift. That is not my story. We need to tell other feminist stories. Feminism traveled to me, growing up in the West, from the East. My Pakistani aunties taught me that my mind is my own (which is to say that my mind is not owned); they taught me to speak up for myself; to speak out against violence and injustice’ (Ahmed 2017: 4-5).
Place are limited. Please RSVP for the event here