After Stella: taking stock of gender and literature in Australia

Presenter/s: Lisa Dempster, Festival Director at Melbourne Writers Festival; Melinda Harvey, Monash University; Imogen Mathew, ANU; Ashley Orr, ANU; Zoya Patel, Editor of Feminartsy

Event type: Meeting

Event date: Thursday, 9 June 2016 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Event venue: Sir Roland Wilson Building Theatrette 2.02, McCoy Circuit, ANU

Further information: Event flyer

The past five years have seen a concerted attempt by feminists in the literary world to reveal and shift gender bias in reviewing, awards and publishing.

This discussion brings figures from across the literary landscape - writers’ festivals, publishing, reviewing, and academia - to discuss what this literary activism has achieved, and what is left to do. Is the gendering of literature in Australia changing, and why?


Lisa Dempster

Festival Director at Melbourne Writers Festival

Melinda Harvey

Monash University literary studies academic and critic

Imogen Mathew

PhD candidate and 2015 Stella counter

Ashley Orr

PhD candidate and 2015 Stella counter

Zoya Patel

Editor of feminist literature and arts journal Feminartsy and 2015 ACT Young Woman of the Year

The evening will include drinks, followed by brief provocations by each speaker about the state of the field, and a chaired discussion.

This public discussion is presented by the ANU School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics and is supported by the ANU Gender Institute. 

Please RSVP for this event online.


A flyer for this event is attached below.



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