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Call for participation: Radically engaging with international human rights, intersectional advocacy and embodied sexuality and sexual practice



Post graduate students, early career researchers, and members of the public are invited to join Fadzai Muparutsa (Regional advocacy officer, Coalition of African Lesbians), Jules Kim (Scarlet Alliance), and Stephen Lindsay Ross (Indigenous policy specialist) for a workshop dealing with the challenges and intersections of doing academic and policy work which addresses sexuality, sexual practice, gender identity and expression, ethnicity and culture in respectful and inclusive ways.

Participants are invited to either submit an idea for discussion, or to join the workshop as an audience member.


Fadzai Muparutsa is a Zimbabwean queer activist with over 10 years experience working in national Zimbabwean, African regional and international advocacy. She began her career as the gender programme manager for GALZ (Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe) the only national LGBT rights organization in Zimbabwe, and since 2010 is the International and Regional Advocacy Officer for the Coalition of African Lesbians(CAL) based in Johannesburg. Most recently, Fadzai has led the work of CAL at the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights, including the recent adoption of the first ever resolution on sexual orientation and gender identity, and the application that led to the granting of observer status fro CAL after a seven year campaign.

Jules Kim is the Migration Program Manager at the Scarlet Alliance, the Australian Sex Workers Association based in Redfern, Sydney. The Scarlet Alliance advocates for the legal, health, industrial and civil rights of sex workers through health promotion strategies, lobbying for legislative reform, engaging government and service providers to be better informed about the needs of sex workers as well as promoting the professional development of peer educators employed within their member organisations. The Scarlet Alliance also represents their members at national and international fora dealing with health, research human rights feminisms, community education and immigration.

Steven Lindsay Ross is a Wamba Wamba man with cultural and familial connections to the Gunditjmara, Mutthi Mutthi and Wirajduri peoples. He was worked in many positions in government including Indigenous water rights, arts coordination, local government, and policy and project management. He is also a published writer of policy articles, opinion pieces, essays and poetry including on growing up as a gay Aboriginal man in a regional community.

Call for participation

Short presentations of ideas and theoretical concerns (between 5-10 minutes) are invited from post-graduate and early career researchers from ANU. The organisers welcome ideas you are currently thinking through, and works in progress.

To present: Email Christina with a 200 word (max) biography and a 200 word abstract by

4 September 2015. Successful applicants will be notified by 10 September.

Audience members please also RSVP for catering.

Thematic areas

The workshop offers participants from disciplines and area studies across the social sciences the opportunity to present new work and workshop ideas which deal with a variety of thematic categories, including but not limited to:

  • Rights, gender, sexuality and law (including cultural regulatory structures; national and international legal frameworks);
  • Theories of embodiment (how do our physical bodies and the ways we use them impact on our experience of the world, and how our communities respond to our bodies?);
  • Interrogating and complicating current understandings of sex work (including the reception, treatment and perceptions of people of colour choosing to engage in sex work including agency, capacity to consent and vulnerability to victimization);
  • The necessities and limitations of identity politics - who speaks and under what circumstances? (exploring the interrelations of class, gender, colour and sexuality in local, national and international advocacy spaces);
  • Intersectional rights (the need to develop more sophisticated advocacy platforms which are more inclusive of ethnic diversity, gender presentation and expression, and sexuality);
  • Exploring and challenging the theoretical underpinnings of this intersectional advocacy and policy work;
  • Exploring the usefulness and limitations of feminisms (feminisms can be explored both as vehicles for women's rights, but also as a limiting set of discourses which exclude 'bad' feminists, and often alienates men, as well as trans people and people of diverse gender presentation);
  • The regulation of acts, bodies and sexualities through informal and formal social controls; criminal ‘justice’ and moral policing.




ANU, Gender Institute

Date posted

Sunday, 16 August 2015

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