We won’t be silenced: Women* in/and/of the media

Sat 3 Feb 2018

This is a past program.
MPavilion, Queen Victoria Gardens, St Kilda Rd, Melbourne

How are women, non-binary and gender diverse people represented in the media? What are the alternatives?

Join us offsite at MPavilion to explore feminist analyses and strategies in relation to the media, writing, new forms of publishing and text as form with guest speakers Brigid DelaneyNayuka Gorrie, Natalie Thomas and Deb Verhoeven.

This panel discussion launches ‘Unfinished Conversations’, a symposium series taking the form of collective discussions to unpack how feminism is critical and relevant today.

*  inclusive of non-binary and gender diverse people


Brigid Delaney is a journalist, author and features editor of The Guardian Australia. Her book Wellmania, a critical review of the wellness industry was released in 2017 by Black Inc. She is also the author of Wild Things (Harper Collins, 2014) and This Restless Life (Melbourne University Press, 2009). She has worked for the Telegraph news group, and the London bureau of CNN, as well as a freelance reporter and writer. Her writing has appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald, ABC online, The Age, Qantas Magazine, Vogue, the Spectator and the Griffith Review. Delaney is also the co-founder of anti-death penalty group The Mercy Campaign.

Nayuka Gorrie is a Kurnai/Gunai, Gunditjmara, Wiradjuri and Yorta Yorta woman. Passionate about self-determination and culture, Gorrie has emerged as a compelling writer, primarily concerned with black politics, queerness and feminism. Gorrie has written incisively on topics such as her evolving views about constitutional recognition, performed her work at Women of Letters, produced an event for Melbourne Fringe and is more recently writing for television.

Natalie Thomas is an artist, writer and a fierce advocate for the participation of women in the arts. Her popular blog nattysolo | one woman, one camera, no film focuses on the social side of contemporary art. She was part of the duo nat&ali (1999–2005) and her work has been shown widely at institutions including the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne and the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane among others.

Deb Verhoeven is Associate Dean of Engagement and Innovation at University of Technology Sydney (UTS). An agitator, commentator and critic, Verhoeven is the author of more than 100 journal articles and book chapters as well as a book on Jane Campion published by Routledge in 2009. Verhoeven is a former CEO of the Australian Film Institute and Deputy Chair, National Film and Sound Archive (Aust.) as well as former Chair of the widely read film journal Senses of Cinema and was Editor for the journal Studies in Australasian Cinema (Intellect).

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