30 June 2018 – Proposals Close – Feminist Engagements in Aotearoa

2018-06-30 All day

WSA(NZ)/ Pae Akoranga Wahine/
Stout Research Centre for New Zealand Studies
Feminist Engagements in Aotearoa:
125 years of Suffrage and Beyond
Victoria University of Wellington, 21-23rd September 2018
Call for Papers
Nau Mai Haere Mai – Welcome
To mark 40 years of WSA/PAW conferences and 125 years of women’s suffrage in
Aotearoa/New Zealand, WSA/PAW joins with the Stout Research Centre for New
Zealand Studies in presenting a conference promoting feminist scholarship and
activism. The conference will be an opportunity to advance current feminist
engagements, while acknowledging and understanding the challenges of the past.
We are committed to supporting many perspectives including those of Māori,
Pasifika, Tauiwi, Pākehā and ethnic minority women.
This conference will provide a forum for enduring feminist concerns including
gendered violence, equal pay, reproduction, race, ethnicity, sexuality and class. It
will also provide an opportunity to consider contemporary perspectives that
emphasise intersectionality including issues around environmental sustainability,
new reproductive technologies, transgender and women’s rights in work places.
This two and a half day conference is part of a longer conversation in New Zealand
about women’s rights and feminist activism in the community and academia. We
hope for new insight and vigorous debate into the current state of feminism in
New Zealand. To this end, we invite papers from academics, community,
practitioners, and activists that address the conference themes, as indicated
above.
The Conference Programme Committee extends a general invitation for individual
papers, workshops, panel discussions, performances and artistic displays
addressing other themes relevant to the work of the association. We also strongly
encourage proposals from community-based women’s groups and senior
secondary school, graduate, and postgraduate students.
Registration commences in July. Details will be made available shortly on the
Association website www.wsanz.org.nz and the Stout Research Centre for New
Zealand Studies website www.victoria.ac.nz/stout-centre.How to submit a proposal:
Proposals are due June 30th 2018.
Please email abstracts (not more than 200 words) and a brief bio to
deborah.levy@vuw.ac.nz. For panels, present a description of its theme and purpose
and submit abstracts for the individual contributions. Please nominate a contact person
for the panel.

In all cases please also provide:

Full name and affiliation (where relevant) of presenters
Full contact details (including email address and phone number)
Title of your presentation
An indication of the format: a 20-minute paper (15 minutes plus 5 minutes for
questions), 60-minute workshop or panel, or a performance, art display, or poster
presentation.
Who can present at the Conference?
Anyone is welcome to attend the conference subject to registration. We hope that
presenters will also join the Women’s Studies Association, New Zealand (WSANZ). Details
of membership can be found on www.wsanz.org.nz/membership. Note that WSANZ
members receive a discount on conference registration equivalent to the membership fee.
Conference Convenors
Professor Ann Weatherall
School of Psychology
Victoria University of Wellington
Associate Professor Kate Hunter
Director, Stout Research Centre for NZ Studies
Victoria University of Wellington

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    · University student hostel https://www.ivvy.com.au/event/O6ECMT/

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    Funding support https://natlib.govt.nz/about-us/scholarships-and-awards/jack-ilott-fund

     

    Keynote Speakers & Workshops

    Associate Professor Tom Roa (Ngāti Maniapoto, Te Whare Wānanga o Waikato)

    Raised in the Waipa district, Associate Professor Tom Roa (Ngāti Maniapoto, Te Whare Wānanga o Waikato) is a leader within his iwi Ngāti Maniapoto and is one of the distinctively resonant voices of Purekireki Marae. He is a well-respected kaumatua in Tainui, and his opinion is often highly sought after in regard to Māori politics and knowledge more broadly in Aotearoa. He has dedicated over four decades of his work and life to te reo Māori revitalization, and is a senior member, professor, and mentor, in the Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies (FMIS) at the Te Whare Wānanga o Waikato. His PhD thesis focuses on the idea of the “translator as cultural mediator” and examined the naming of living things in the Linnaeus classification system of Western science — and how this idea of naming from a Māori perspective acknowledges the mauri and mana motuahake of flora and fauna.  Associate Professor Roa is also a member of the Waitangi Tribunal and an expert in Māori oral history.

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