Congratulations to Hannah McCann who has been awarded the inaugural ANU Gender Institute graduate scholarship 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’s current academic work seeks to examine the issue of social exclusion faced by those that do not conform to normative models of sex/gender and sexuality.
Hannah commenced her PhD research under the guidance of Dr Helen Keane in late 2011 and is now nearing completion of a full draft of her thesis, which is titled: “Intelligible Femininities: (Re)imagining the space of feminine performatives”.
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.
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