Writing Gender #3

The Sydney Review of Books are delighted to be partnering with the Writing and Society Research Centre and the Gender UNLIMITED* team at Western Sydney University to host our third Writing Gender public webinar to explore the role of writing in generating new knowledge and understandings around gender. This annual event aims to bring together Humanities and Arts practitioners into national conversations over advancing gender equity in the Higher Education sector.

This year’s event will feature Jeanine Leane, Astrid Lorange, Evelyn Araluen and Quah Ee Ling and be moderated by Roanna Gonsalves. The conversation will consider gender-informed and politically engaged scholarly writing and pedagogical approaches, including mentoring practices and activist scholarship. It will think about how such work can transform disciplinary knowledge and research, and address the gendered politics of knowledge production both within and beyond university settings. This event will further consider alternative and potentially disruptive research and pedagogical methods that advance justice and equality in diverse ways. It will ask what gender-informed research and pedagogy look like right now, and what it means to engage in activist scholarship within this context to challenge gender inequality and other forms of systemic oppression.

A series of position pieces by each of the speakers will be published in the Sydney Review of Books in the lead-up to the event.

Essays and participants in previous rounds of the Writing Gender seminar can be found here.

Friday 8 September 2023
11am – 12.30pm AEST
Free, online via Zoom

RSVP essential, register on Eventbrite


ROANNA GONSALVES is an award-winning writer and educator with an interdisciplinary practice. She is the author of the critically acclaimed collection of short fiction, The Permanent Resident, published in India and South Asia as Sunita De Souza Goes To Sydney. Her series of radio documentaries about contemporary India, On the tip of a billion tongues, and her social-satirical radio essay Doosra: The life and times of an Indian student in Australia were commissioned and broadcast by ABC RN. She serves on the Board of Writing NSW and works as a Lecturer in Creative Writing at UNSW, Sydney.


JEANINE LEANE is a Wiradjuri writer, teacher and academic from southwest New South Wales. She is the recipient of two Discovery Indigenous Awards (2014 and 2020), and her poetry and short stories have been published in leading Australian journals and literary magazines, as well as collected volumes. Jeanine has also published widely in the area of Aboriginal literature, writing otherness and creative non-fiction. She has won the Oodgeroo Noonucal Prize for poetry twice (2017; 2019) and was the 2019 recipient of the Red Room Poetry Fellowship. In 2020, she edited a collection of First Nations Poetry, Guwayu – for all times. Jeanine Leane has received 3 ARC Discovery Grants for Aboriginal Literature and currently teaches Creative Writing at the University of Melbourne.

ASTRID LORANGE is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Art and Design at UNSW Sydney. Her research focuses on cultural studies of contemporary poetry, art, and media. Lorange is the author of How Reading is Written: A Brief Index to Gertrude Stein (Wesleyan University Press) and Homework, a book of essays co-authored with Andrew Brooks (Discipline). Her most recent poetry collection is Labour and Other Poems (Cordite Books). She is a member of the critical art collective Snack Syndicate, an editor at Rosa Press, and a founding member of the Infrastructural Inequalities research network.

EVELYN ARALUEN is a poet, researcher and co-editor of Overland Literary Journal. Her widely published criticism, fiction and poetry has been awarded the Nakata Brophy Prize for Young Indigenous Writers, the Judith Wright Poetry Prize, a Wheeler Centre Next Chapter Fellowship, and a Neilma Sidney Literary Travel Fund grant. Born and raised on Dharug country, she is a descendant of the Bundjalung Nation. Evelyn’s debut collection Dropbear was shortlisted for the 2021 Judith Wright Calanthe Award for a Poetry Collection and the 2022 Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry, and also won the 2022 Stella Prize.

QUAH EE LING is a fire dragon feminist, Singaporean queer migrant woman academic of Chinese-Hokkien and Indonesian-Peranakan heritage. She has developed her own strand of feminism – fire dragon feminism – and is passionate about decolonising the curriculum and anti-racism activism. Ee Ling is the author of Perspectives on Marital Dissolution: Divorce Biographies in Singapore (2015) and Transnational Divorce: Understanding Intimacies & Inequalities from Singapore (2020). She is working on an ARC Linkage Grant project on employment and entrepreneurship of young migrant women as one of its chief investigators.

For all queries, contact Anne Jamison at a.jamison@westernsydney.edu.au.

Published August 21, 2023
Part of Writing Gender: Essays on gender, knowledge and writing. All Writing Gender essays →