Feminist Engagements in Aotearoa: 125 Years of Suffrage and Beyond

Feminist Engagements in Aotearoa: 125 Years of Suffrage and Beyond

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21-23 Sep 2018 from 9.00 am - 5.00 pm 21st Sep 2018 9:00am 23rd Sep 2018 5:00pm

2018 Women's Studies Association//Pae Akoranga Wāhine (WSA/PAW) Conference

Feminist Engagements in Aotearoa:
125 Years of Suffrage and Beyond

Hosted by Victoria University of Wellington/Te Whare Wānanga o Te Ūpoko o Te Ika a Māui /
Stout Research Centre for New Zealand Studies.

Dates: Friday 21 September to Sunday 23 September 2018.
Venue: Rutherford House, Pipitea Campus, Victoria University of Wellington

Friday 21 September - Opening lecture - National Library of New Zealand, Molesworth Street, at 5.00pm
The opening will include a tour of the current Exhibition at the Library followed by the keynote lecture.

Saturday 22 September - Full day Conference and Exhibition at the Adam Art Gallery, Victoria University.  www.adamartgallery.org.nz

Sunday 23 September
Full day Conference presentations

To mark 40 years of WSA/PAW conferences and 125 years of women's suffrage in Aotearoa/New Zealand, our 2018 conference aims to further promote 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, Pakeha 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.

Keynote speakers

  • To be confirmed.
  • Professor Linda Waimarie Nikora, Indigenous Studies, University of Auckland
  • Professor Barbara Brookes, History, University of Otago

Call for Papers

Please see the attached Call for Papers

Deadline for abstracts and brief bio - to be emailed by 30 June 2018 to deborah.levy@vuw.ac.nz
Early abstracts welcome.  Presenters will be contacted regarding acceptance and a provisional programme will be made available as soon as possible, as details are confirmed.


8.00am Saturday 22 September - Mezzanine Floor, Rutherford House, Pipitea Campus of Victoria University (Lambton Quay).  The conference will close at 4.00pm on Sunday but this is depending on the number of presentations submitted and accepted.  Please note that this information will be updated as the programme becomes finalised.

On line conference registration will be open on 1 July 2018 and managed through the Stout Research Centre for New Zealand Studies at Victoria University of Wellington.  A registration link will be provided on this page.  Payment made with credit card.

WSANZ Membership

If you wish to become a member please go to: http://www.wsanz.org.nz/