Julieanne Lamond | CASS, School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
What happens to women’s voices during a pandemic? The impact of COVID-19 on women writers in Australia
In light of the impact of COVID-19 on the Arts and tertiary education sectors, this project seeks to understand how the pandemic is affecting the ability of women writers in Australia to produce and publish their work. It builds on an existing collaboration between the Gender Institute, Monash University and non-profit organisation The Stella Prize to collect data to quantify the gendered impact of the pandemic across the careers of three interrelated groups of writers: creative writers (including playwrights); cultural critics/journalists, and literary studies academics. It aims to develop strategies to ensure that the Australian culture that emerges from this period is one in which women’s voices are heard and valued.
Bonnie McConnell | CASS, School of Music
Women’s musical networks, social support, and communication in African responses to COVID-19
This project aims to investigate the way women-centred musical practices of social support and communication are being adapted in the face of COVID-19 control measures in Africa. While the project will be focused primarily on the Gambia and Tanzania, the findings will contribute new perspectives on music and gender during the global pandemic that have wider relevance not only for understanding the way female performers are affected by and responding to the current challenges of COVID-19, but more broadly for understanding the new forms of women’s power and marginality, connectivity and disconnection, that emerge in the face of sustained social and economic upheaval.
Maria Tanyag | CAP, Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs
Cultures of Crisis: Mapping Women’s Knowledge and Activism in the Asia Pacific
The Asia Pacific region is predicted to have the greatest exposure to multiple and compounded climate-related risks. Historically and at present, women from the region have had to also contend with overlapping insecurities posed by global threats from health pandemics, armed conflicts, and hypermasculine governance. Consequently, they are on the frontlines of global activism signalling where, how and why these various threats intersect. This research aims to map how women’s local knowledge may serve as an indispensable source for inclusive and durable solutions urgently required by global security agendas.
Mandy Yap | CASS, Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research
Staying safe, staying connected: Indigenous women soap-making through the COVID-19 pandemic
At the heart of the pandemic, Indigenous organisations have displayed strong leadership in protecting themselves while maintaining the wellbeing of their communities. In Broome, Western Australia, Nagula Jarndu, an Indigenous women arts centre have turned to soap-making as a means to sustain the wellbeing of the most vulnerable in the community. For Indigenous women and men involved in soap-making, these handmade soaps infused with native plants evoke a sense of being out on country and a sense of belonging. The multi-layered outcomes associated with soap-making provide a unique lens through which Indigenous and gendered impacts of COVID-19 can be examined.