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- 1 About
- 2 List of Past Years
- 3 2012: The Australian National University
- 4 2011: The University of New South Wales
- 5 2010: The University of Newcastle
- 6 2009: The Queensland University of Technology
- 7 2008: Flinders University
- 8 2007: The University of Sydney
- 9 2006: The University of Melbourne
- 10 2005: The University of Adelaide
- 11 1988: Brisbane
- 12 1987: The Australian National University
- 13 References
- 14 External links
NOWSA provides a platform for women’s organising across universities and in the wider community through resource, skill and knowledge sharing both in conference and through web branches of the network. The network continues to shift, grow and change, but constantly places feminist agenda at the forefront. Women of all ages, sexualities, abilities, and experiences have the opportunity to be involved.
The annual NOWSA conference is organised by a collective of women students and hosted by a different university in Australia each year.
The NOWSA conference usually runs for 5 days, giving voice to women students and allowing them to engage with personal, political, social, and cultural issues that are relevant to women. NOWSA is now an annual conference, held from year to year at different universities, and encourages networks to be developed with women from across Australia.
List of Past Years
|2016||University of Technology Sydney||Sydney, NSW|
|2015||University of Tasmania||Hobart, TAS|
|2014||Edith Cowan University||Perth, W.A|
|2013||The University of Melbourne||Melbourne, VIC|
|2012||The Australian National University||Canberra, ACT|
|2011||The University of New South Wales||Sydney, NSW|
|2010||The University of Newcastle||Newcastle, NSW|
|2009||Queensland University of Technology||Brisbane, QLD|
|2008||Flinders University||Adelaide, SA|
|2007||The University of Sydney||Sydney, NSW|
|2006||The University of Melbourne||Melbourne, VIC|
|2005||The University of Adelaide||Adelaide, SA|
|2004||Southern Cross University||Lismore, NSW|
|2003||Macquarie University||Sydney, NSW|
|2002||James Cook University||Townsville, QLD|
|2001||University of Technology||Sydney, NSW|
|2000||Flinders University||Adelaide, SA|
|1998||University of Western Sydney, Nepean||Sydney, NSW|
|1997||Queensland University of Technology||Brisbane, QLD|
|1996||Edith Cowan University||Perth, WA|
|1995||The University of Melbourne||Melbourne, VIC|
|1994||Macquarie University||Sydney, NSW|
|1993||The University of Queensland,||Brisbane, QLD|
|1992||The University of Adelaide||Adelaide, SA|
|1990||The University of New South Wales||Sydney, NSW|
|1989||The University of Adelaide||Adelaide, SA|
|1988||The University of Queensland||Brisbane, QLD|
|1987||The Australian National University||Canberra, ACT|
2012: The Australian National University
2012 marked the 25th anniversary of NOWSA’s establishment, in 1987 at the ‘Women on Campus’ conference held at ANU. Hence the theme for that year's conference was ’25 Years On: Her Story, Her Future’, a nod to the body of herstory that NOWSA has contributed to over the years. The conference hosted speakers and workshops that surround this theme over the course of five days.
BDSM and Feminism
- This workshop discussed the good and bad points about online activism, organising, and educating. It discussed the merits and drawbacks of different software and internet platforms. Participants also talked about misogyny online and how to deal with trolls and harassment.
Grappling with Consent
History of Feminist Porn
Ladies for Liberty
- Herstory is uncommon enough in history as we know, but within the history of the feminist movement, the role of classical liberal proto-feminists and feminists (men included) is often overlooked at the expense of a proper understanding how statist ideologies have hurt women. This facilitated discussion will involve some history-telling, including the basic principles of a classical liberal approach to feminism, and the merits of an anti-statist approach in today’s world. Warning: may contain traces of free markets.
Local Media and Feminist Frontiers
- Local MC’s from WHAM radio's 'Hey Grrrl Hey' hosted this hands on radio workshop and discussion about using local media avenues to challenge contemporary barriers faced by feminism.
Sexual Health & Contraception
Roller Derby and Feminism
- This was a repeat workshop from NOWSA2011, and was run again by Professor Pitts for purely egotistical reasons. This time there was more stories, more glory and more derby. There was a presentation of the current scholarship analysing roller derby, gender performance, women’s sport and sporting communities as discussed through the lens of a feminist critique.
Understanding Southeast Asian Womyn
- This workshop aimed to allow participants to get to know more about South-East Asian womyn and their perspective of Australian society.
- A fun workshop which combined art and gender equality, incorporating a range of art herstory books and videos and the like.
- This was an interactive workshop on the herstory of the Trade Union Movement and unionisms feminist future. This workshop explored the amazing contributions women have made to making our participation in the workplace possible and question what needs to change to get more women unionized and active.
2011: The University of New South Wales
2010: The University of Newcastle
Organised by a collective, the conference was filled with workshops, lectures from well-known women and local activists and events. The theme was "Intersections" and explored the diverse experiences of women. Notable Speakers included:
- Debbie Kilroy of Sisters Inside
- Kathryn Bendall, stand up comedy room operator
2009: The Queensland University of Technology
The 2009 conference essentially consisted of morning lectures on a variety of subjects, followed by a number of workshops in the afternoon.
- Katherine Cunningham
- Campaign Activism
- Life Drawing
- Menstrual Education
- Protest March on Abortion Rights
- Violence Prevention
2008: Flinders University
Hosted by Flinders University, South Australia. the 2008 NOWSA Conference had a myspace page, with photographs and a blog.
2007: The University of Sydney
NOWSA2007 was held at the University of Sydney, from Monday the 2nd to Thursday the 5th of July, 2007. The conference gave women from across Australia the chance to discuss the big issues facing women all over the world and plan for the upcoming year. The conference was instrumental in strengthening ties between students and campus women's departments. This was a rare opportunity for students to overcome huge geographical distances, and develop relationships that allowed women to work together as a committed, cohesive movement.
The week dealt with three broad themes, one for each substantial day of the conference: Violence Against Women, Women's Health, and Women & Power.
2006: The University of Melbourne
The 2006 conference was held from July 10 to the 14th. The theme was "Pushing Boundaries": though broad, it aimed to interrogate privilege, build community, and inspire action. Some questions broadly pondered by the conference:
- What does it means to live as a woman who is in some way othered in a white-centric, hetero-centric, capitalist, ableist and classist society?
- Different feminisms and what they mean to women today
- What is a woman, anyway?
2005: The University of Adelaide
1987: The Australian National University