Dear Friends of the ANU Gender Institute,
Thank you for all your support and engagement with the Gender Institute throughout 2017. We have had another wonderfully rich year of public lectures, workshops and events at ANU, further building our national and international links, and enhancing both gender research and gender equity. Our wealth of activity all occurs through our amazing network, joining scholars, students, civil society and the public sphere in a ‘virtual’ Institute with a strong voice for debate and discussion on gender issues. We have just signed off on our second round of grants this year and are looking forward to an equally exciting year in 2018 – so please continue to bring us your ideas and look at our website and newsletter regularly for upcoming events and projects.
Of course 2017 was also a challenging year with the release of the Australian Human Rights Commission report Change the Course documenting the high levels of sexual harassment and violence for students at Australian Universities. We were pleased to partner with ANUSA and PARSA in organising a public panel to discuss that disturbing report and thank all the participants involved. We look forward to progress in redressing these perduring problems at ANU.
We congratulate all of our members for their hard work and success in teaching, research and outreach in 2017. Many of our members were promoted or received grants, fellowships or awards for excellence. Rather than name them all personally we offer our collective congratulations.
Over the summer months Laura Jayne and I are planning to refresh the GI website with more resources and links and to finalise the electronic bibliography of publications by our members..
This is the last newsletter of the year. The Gender Institute will effectively be closed from 21 December 2017 until 5 February 2018. If you do have something that needs to be discussed before then, please contact our administration address. My special thanks to Laura Jayne Robinson who has been a stellar administrator and to the past convenors Fiona Jenkins and Kim Rubenstein for their support and advice. Warm thanks also to other members of our Management Committee in 2017: Céline d’Orgeville, Frank Bongiorno, Wayne Morgan, Penny King, Rob Lanfear, Meghan Miller and Hyaeweol Choi. We will be meeting again early in 2018 to decide on prizes for undergraduate and graduate students.
The Gender Institute is a vitally important resource for the ANU and Canberra and I am sure our work together will flourish in 2018 and beyond.
With warm wishes for joy and peace in this holiday season,
12 December 2017