May Seminar: Virtual Identities and Gaming

Our May seminar is only a week away! We have three fabulous presenters lined up for our theme ‘Virtual identities and gaming’:

Crystal Abidin (The University of Western Australia):

‘The virtual, the digital, the media: Contemporary ethnographic investigations’

Mark Finn (Swinburne University):

‘Gamer identity and the politics of play’

Steven Conway (Swinburne University):

‘Identity and the game event’

Date: Friday 29 May 2015

Time: 2-4pm

Location: Penang Room, Level 3, Swinburne Library, Hawthorn Campus.

Come and join us for what is sure to be an engaging event. See you there!


April seminar wrap up and what’s coming up for the IRN

Our April seminar was an absolute hit, thanks to three very engaging presentations from our fabulous speakers. Dr Cai Wilkinson (Deakin University) discussed the gendering of the Russian state and its reliance on hetero-normative gendered identities.


Julia Richardson (Deakin University) presented on her research in Turkey and the notion of ‘motherhood’ in the Turkish national identity, which included debates about recent protests, and how gender is embedded in Turkish historical narratives.


Dr Lauren Gurrieri (Swinburne University) provided some fabulous insights into advertising, gender and taboo, engaging the audience with her research on the various justifications advertising organisations use to rely on particular representations of gender identity.



Thanks too, to our attendees, who offered challenging questions and excellent insights from their own fields.


We look forward to our forthcoming seminars for 2015:

May 29: Identity and Gaming

June 26: Perfomativity and Mediated Identity 

July: Break/writing projects

August 28: Practice-led approaches

September 25: Identity, Belonging and Place

October 30: Race, Identity and Post-Colonialism

November: 27: Workshop 

More details soon, including presenters and titles. Venue and time as always: Friday 2-4, Penang Room, Swinburne Library.

Gender, Queer and Feminist Research Network

IRN members may be interested in this exciting new research network being established at Swinburne University.

Affiliated with the Global Justice Flagship in the Institute of Social Research (SISR) and the Department of Education and Social Sciences (DESS), our informal research network will encompass members from across the university, whose interests lie in a range of areas which fall under the headings gender studies, queer theory and/or feminist and queer theoretical analysis/readings of applied social science.

This initiative recognizes the growing profile of gender and queer studies at Swinburne, with an increasing number of staff and research students working in these areas. We wish to foster networks and support an inspiring environment for sharing knowledge. We are also keen to feed into current initiatives that promote equality and diversity across the University.

The first activity is to be a gender theory reading group. The inaugural meeting of the group will be held on May 22nd 2015, 2-4pm. Professor Sandy Gifford would like to extend an invitation to interested parties to read and discuss the first chapter of Lucy Nicholas recent book –  Queer Post-Gender Ethics: The Shape of Selves to Come, Palgrave, Basingstoke.

Available as an ebook in the library, this monograph draws on a range of cutting-edge gender and sexuality theory and asks the timely question ‘Are we able to move beyond gender? If so, what are the implications in addressing pressing global social issues?’  We hope that this will spark lively discussion.

To express interest in being part of the group or for further information, please contact Dr Lucy Nicholas at If you wish to participate in the reading group please let me know preferred days.

– A joint initiative of the Global Justice Flagship – SISR and the School of Health, Art and Design. – Lucy Nicolas, Robyn Sampson and Sandy Gifford