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Gender in Crisis: A SFHG Symposium for HDR and ECR Historians 

16 April

Global efforts to grapple with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic have prompted the recognition that women have borne the brunt of its impacts. Whether through working on the frontlines of the industries most affected, job losses or a reduction of work hours, increased childcare duties, or a combination of these things, the economic, political and social impact of this prolonged crisis have unfolded in explicitly gendered ways. And yet the pandemic is just one site in which modern citizens are having to confront the meanings of, and implications for, gender. Rates of domestic violence remain an Australian national emergency, accusations of rape and sexual violence in Parliament House cast a devastating light upon the pervasive blindspots in the sexual politics of ruling culture, while climate change remains a continuing threat for our planet and its people. These multiple and intersecting crises not only demand gendered investigation and analysis, but also provide an opening for feminist historians to examine the synergies and parallels between contemporary events and past crises, as well as the possible ways the meanings and functions of gender might be rebuilt or reconstructed. The Sydney Feminist History Group invites HDR students and ECRs (broadly defined) to submit expressions of Interests for papers on the general theme of “gender in crisis” 

EOIs due 15 March 2021 

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16 April