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sj Miller at Western Sydney University – 18 December

To register: https://sjMiller.eventbrite.com.au

Sexual Science Conference at Western Sydney University, 1-2 February 2017

Sexual Science in the 21st Century: The Australasian Experience
1-2 February 2017
Western Sydney University, Parramatta
The Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS) is pleased to announce its first Symposium in Australia. The
Society, celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2017, has been a haven for sexual science and is excited to extend its
reach to Australasia as we look to the future. We cordially invite you to join us in February at the beautiful Parramatta campus of Western Sydney University for 2 days of extraordinary speakers and concurrent sessions on the current state and future direction of sexual science in the Australasian region.

Registration forms & details: sexscience.org/events

Free digital culture and research event: The Selfie and Social Activism Symposium, UNSW Dec. 12.


The Selfie and Social Activism symposium will address methodological issues in practice-based research engaged with digital culture via a combination of formal papers & hands-on mini-workshops. It will explore the overlaps and convergence between art, media, design, cultural studies, sociology, and industry engagement to better understand media ethics, aesthetics and practice in the digital era. The symposium will present workshops and papers that focus on topics ranging from ‘selfies as method’ to the intersections between social media activism and mainstream media; and emerging narratives around the privacy and security of mobile media since the introduction of new Australian metadata laws.

Please note this is a free event, and catering will NOT be provided.

Employment Opportunity: WA Health Sexual Health and Blood-borne Program

 WA Health’s Sexual Health and Blood-borne Program has established a new Senior Policy Officer position with a strong focus on the Schools sector.
Schools/education related positions in WA Health don’t present very often, particularly not at a senior level – so this is a rare career opportunity for those in the health education sector.
It is a Senior position and in public service terms, is at Level 6 (salary range vicinity of $99,000 – $110,00).  The position will have responsibilities in policies and programs for sexual health and relationships schools education programs on a state-wide basis.  There is also a strong element of managing web-based content and functionality for the schools program and other related websites as well as involvement in strategic projects and inter-sectoral initiatives. For information and position description see:


Academic employment: Principal Research Fellows, Melbourne

Academic AFSEH members may be interested in two new positions at the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society (Latrobe University), both closing on Sunday 18th September.
Both are research-only positions for 5 years at Academic Level D with responsibility for the development of key areas of established and emerging research excellence identified in the Centre’s Strategic Plan. Please feel free to circulate this information widely through your networks, and particularly to anyone you know who might be interested in applying. Application details below:
1. Associate Professor/Principal Research Fellow
This position has primary responsibility for leading the development of internationally recognised research programs in sexuality research with a focus on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) communities; health and human rights; qualitative research methodologies; and theoretical fields related to sexuality, gender, health and policy.
2. Associate Professor/Principal Research Fellow
The primary responsibility for this position will be to lead the development of internationally recognised research programs focusing on young people’s sexual health and sexuality education.


Casual employment: Reproductive and Sexual Health Project Roles, Brisbane

True Relationships and Reproductive Health (www.true.org.au) is building a pool of casual staff to work on variety of upcoming projects and programs in areas of reproductive and sexual health, gender equity, child safety, disability, diversity and inclusion. Applicants may have skills in areas of training and facilitation, research, health promotion and education, international development, community planning or monitoring and evaluation.

Successful applicants will be expected to participate in an induction process, attend a bi-annual community of practice meeting and would preferably be based in Brisbane. The level of engagement and hours of work will depend upon the skill set of the employee, current projects and available resources.

The position description is advertised here: http://www.true.org.au/about-true/employment/project-officer-education-and-community-services

Should you have any questions about the role, or current and upcoming projects, please contact Bonney Corbin at bonney.corbin@true.org.au.

CFP: AFSEH 1st National Conference ‘Equity and Justice – in Gender, Sexuality, Education and Health’

University of Western Sydney, Parramatta, NSW

22-23 November 2015

The Australia Forum on Sexuality, Education and Health (AFSEH) announces a Call for Papers for its 1st National Conference, to be held on the Parramatta campus of the University of Western Sydney.

AFSEH brings together practitioners, educators, students, researchers and policy makers from across Australia, working in the fields of gender, sexuality, education and health. The forum enables discussion and debate on contemporary issues and concerns, builds and consolidates networks, and develops collaborative initiatives.

The 1st National Conference seeks to increase the public profile of work on equity and justice particularly pertaining to gender, sexuality, health and education issues today. The meeting will provide a catalyst for important interdisciplinary work to address these concerns.

Keynote speakers include Simon Blake (Chief Executive Officer of the UK National Union of Students and formerly Chief Executive Officer of Brook – the health charity for children and the National Children’s Bureau’s Sex Education Forum) and Julie Bates (Director of Urban Realists, lobbyist, ‘out’ sex worker, harm reduction advocate and sex worker rights activist for more than a quarter of a century)

We invite abstracts for papers, posters and symposia presentations. Abstracts should be 300 words long and address one (or more) of the themes below. All abstracts will undergo peer review.

Conference Themes

  • Genders and sexualities in health and education: working together for equity and justice
  • Digital cultures and youth – rights, ethics and responsibilities
  • Intersectionality, sexualities and gender
  • Communities, parents and sexual health – whose rights?
  • Youth-led initiatives – local and international perspectives
  • Popular pedagogies and informal education

It is envisaged that at least two publications will arise from the conference: a special issue of the peer-reviewed journal, Sex Education, and a book based on a combination of theoretical and cross-disciplinary educator/practitioner work.

Submitting your abstract:

Please include along with your abstract, the presentation’s title, the presenter’s name and affiliation (or list of presenters’ names and affiliations), the conference theme addressed and contact details including an email address.

Send your abstract to Jawed Gebrael J.Gebrael@uws.edu.au

Abstracts should be received by close of business, Friday September 11, 2015

The 1st AFSEH National Conference is supported jointly by:

The Centre for Educational Research and the Sexualities & Genders Research Network at the University of Western Sydney

The Arts and Social Sciences Practical Justice Initiative and the Centre for Social Research in Health at UNSW Australia

The Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society (ARCSHS) at La Trobe University

Academic Research, New Media Technologies and the Culture of Control

An Interdisciplinary Workshop at The University of Wollongong

2 and 3 October 2015 

Organised by Mark McLelland and Andrew Whelan, School of Humanities and Social Inquiry, University of Wollongong 


In the last decade there has been a transformation of media consumption, production, dissemination and networking enabled by expanding access to mobile broadband. One important difference between this new era and prior media transformations is the breakdown between media audiences/consumers and producers/broadcasters. The shift to digital media has led to a massive increase in user-generated content (UGC), and hybrid terms such as ‘produser’ and ‘prosumer’ have been developed to capture the new relationship that media users now have with digital content and technologies.

These rapid changes in contemporary ‘mediascapes’ have led to enhanced regulatory measures with respect to censorship, data storage and management, privacy and intellectual property. Fear and insecurity about the online environment are driving ongoing calls for increased regulation and preventative security, especially in relation to children and to terrorism. Discourses of ‘harm’ and ‘risk’ have led to a demand for a suite of regulations that now capture individuals’ online lives, burdening internet providers and users in ways that multiply this regulatory impact. These discourses and their articulations extend across government legislation and down to policies at local institutional levels: in the home, in workplaces, in schools, and also in universities. Yet within the scholarly community, there has been little interest to date in addressing the consequences for academic research itself, given research is shaped by university protocols (such as IT and acceptable use policies, data retention requirements, mandatory reporting, civility codes and ethics committees).

This workshop brings together researchers from sociology, anthropology, information technology, law, fan studies and media studies to discuss the impact that enhanced regulatory frameworks have had on shaping the kinds of research that can be undertaken and on deterring certain kinds of questions and agendas. Speakers take up ‘the challenge . . . to take a more active role in shaping public policy making that can impact on the conduct of e-research’ (Lyons et al., 2010: 159). We aim to produce a collection of papers that informs academics, online users, university lawyers and ethics committees, legislators and other interested parties about the consequences of recent legislative changes and to support the development of more effective, evidence-based policies regarding research into online spaces and the regulation of such spaces.


  • Kath Albury (Arts and Media, UNSW): Self-Representation = Self-Incrimination: The Risks and Opportunities of Researching Young People’s Digital Cultures
  • Lyria Bennett Moses (Law, UNSW): Defining the Regulatory Space
  • Joseph Brennan (Media & Comms, USyd): Finding the Right Frame: When Fan Works ‘Play’ beyond the Limits of Classification
  • Catherine Driscoll and Liam Grealy (Cultural Studies, USYd): Media Classification and Mionoritised Adolescence
  • Terry Flew (Media and Communication, QUT): Weber, Foucault and the Governance of Media Content
  • Laura Lowenkron (Anthroplogy, Unicamp): Politics of Fear and Regulation of Desires: The Brazilian Political Crusade against Pedophilia and Child Pornography on the Internet
  • Mark McLelland (Sociology, UOW): Surveilling Fantasy: Thought Policing or Pre-Emptive Action?
  • Katina Michael (Information Sciences, UOW) The ethics of observation: who is watching who?
  • Chris Moore (Media & Communication, UOW): Persona Autosurveillance: Digital Objects, Privacy, Property and Visualising the Presentation of the Public Self
  • Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli (Health and Social Development, Deakin): The ‘C’ Words: Clitorises, Childhood and Challenging Compulsory Heterosexuality in Education
  • Brady Robards (Sociology, UTas): Scrolling Back on Facebook: Qualitative Research into Social Media
  • Brian Simpson (Law, UNE): Legal Narratives of Childhood in the Digital Age: Tensions and Contradictions in the Regulation of the Innocent, Autonomous or Otherwise ‘Wicked Child’
  • Andrew Whelan (Sociology, UOW): What is Obscene Enough? Pretending to Not Know — Obscenity and Absurdity

To book a place please email the secretariat at  uow.newmediaethics@gmail.com

Save the date: AFSEH 1st National Conference 22-23 November, 2015

Save the Date  

 Australia Forum on Sexuality, Education and Health (AFSEH)

1st National Conference

Equity and Justice – in gender, sexuality, education and health

 22-23 November 2015

University of Western Sydney (Parramatta campus)

Keynote speakers include

Simon Blake OBE

Chief Executive Officer of the UK National Union of Students, formerly Chief Executive Officer of Brook – the health charity for children and the National Children’s Bureau’s Sex Education Forum

 Julie Bates

Lobbyist, ‘out’ sex worker, harm reduction advocate and sex worker rights activist for more than a quarter of a century. Director of Urban Realists and founding member and first coordinator of the AIDS Drug Information Collective (now NSW Users and AIDS Association)

 Conference themes

  • Health and education – working together for equity and justice
  • Digital cultures and youth – rights, ethics and responsibilities
  • Intersectionality, sexualities and genders
  • Communities, parents and sexual health – whose rights?
  • Sexual health and the Australian Curriculum – where to now?
  • Gender, sexuality and rights across the curriculum
  • Youth-led initiatives – local and international perspectives
  • Popular pedagogy and informal education

To register your interest in participating, please contact Jawed Gabriel J.Gebrael@uws.edu.au

The 1st AFSEH national conference is supported by:

The Centre for Educational Research and the Sexualities and Genders Research Network,at the University of Western Sydney; the Arts and Social Sciences Practical Justice Initiative and the Centre for Social Research in Health at UNSW Australia; and the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society (ARCSHS) at La Trobe University,


Exploring sexualities and gender diversity for the professional teacher

Attention: Stage 1 to Stage 6 Teachers, Primary & Secondary Students
Title: Exploring sexualities and gender diversity for the professional teacher
Presenters: Dr Tania Ferfolja & Dr Jacqueline Ullman (UWS) with Althea Mackenzie and Kathy Gerwald (Safe Schools Coalition NSW)
Presenter Biography:  

Tania Ferfolja is a senior lecturer in social and cultural diversity at UWS. Her research focuses on sexuality and gender diversities in schools.

Jacqueline Ullman is a lecturer in adolescent health and well-being at UWS. Her research relates to representations of gender and sexuality in the classroom and curriculum and its impact on same-sex attracted and gender nonconforming youth.

Althea Mackenzie is the Safe Schools Coalition NSW Project Manager and has developed and delivered community and professional education in NSW since 2001. Kathy Gerwald has worked in adult education for 10 years. She is currently Manager of Education Services at Family Planning NSW.


Hours: 2 hours


Wednesday 17 June 2015

3:30pm for afternoon tea: 4pm – 6pm for presentation



University of Western Sydney – Bankstown Campus

Room: 23.G.41

Cost: $99 (includes GST) includes afternoon tea
Program details:  

The Education Knowledge Network (University of Western Sydney) in conjunction with the Safe Schools Coalition NSW is running this workshop for educational professionals examining issues related to gender and sexuality diversities in schools. An inclusive, safe and understanding educational context is critical for positive academic, social, and emotional outcomes for students who are gender and sexuality diverse as well as for those who have friends, family members and acquaintances who identify. In fact, gender and sexuality diversity has relevance to everyone! It is imperative that all teachers understand the complexities related to sexual and gendered diversities and know what they and their schools can do to provide an equitable learning space for all students.