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Gender Institute PhD scholar

 Dr Hannah McCann was the inaugural ANU Gender Institute graduate scholarship recipient for doctoral research in gender studies. Hannah achieved first class Honours in Philosophy in 2009 looking at the work of Simone de Beauvoir and Judith Butler, and was a founding member of the Women in Philosophy Writing Group at the Australian National University.

Hannah commenced her PhD research under the guidance of Associate Professor Helen Keane in late 2011 and submitted her thesis, which is titled: “Intelligible Femininities: (Re)imagining the space of feminine performatives”, in July 2015.

The thesis explores the way that femininity as a concept is defined and challenged in recent feminist writing in contrast to being enacted and subverted in queer “femme” communities. Her research has involved analysis of select feminist and femme texts, as well as qualitative interviews with femme identifying people across Australia. A full report on Hannah's research and activities is included on page 41 of the 2013-2014 Gender Institute biennial report released in March 2015, available for download here.

Dr McCann is now a lecturer in gender studies at the University of Melbourne.

In July 2016, Hannah was awarded the 2015 Gender Institute Prize for Excellence in Gender Research (PhD thesis category).

(From left: Associate Professor Helen Keane receives Dr Hannah McCann's prize on her behalf, Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins. Image credit: Annick Thomassin)

(Top image: Dr Hannah McCann. Image credit: James Giggacher for ANU Spaces)


Updated:  7 November, 2012/Responsible Officer:  Convenor, Gender Institute/Page Contact:  Web manager, Gender Institute