Event cancelled: Intersectionality in digital feminist knowledge cultures: Practising a travelling theory

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Woman in a knit hat and glasses in front of a painting CANCELLED: Unfortunately our Research and Practice Seminar with Akane Kanai this Wednesday has been cancelled and will not go ahead. We apologise for the inconvenience and hope you can join us at the next seminar. We’re working to reschedule Akane’s seminar to later this year. Details forthcoming.

Wednesday 18 March 2020 04:00 pm until Wednesday 18 March 2020 05:00 pm (Add to calendar)
Dr Renae Fomiatti,
Presented by:
Dr Akane Kanai (School of Media, Film and Journalism, Monash University)
Type of Event:
Current Student: Undergraduate; Current Student: Postgraduate; Public Lecture; Seminar/Workshop/Training; Public
Free - no RSVP required

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The situation with COVID-19 continues to change at a rapid pace. It is posing unprecedented challenges for the health and wellbeing of our communities and for the continuing operations of La Trobe University. Events over the weekend and earlier this week have necessitated a rapid review of the University’s response – in particular the ban on large scale events, compulsory self-isolation for all visitors to Australia, and the Premier’s announcement of a State of Emergency.

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As a result of this decision, the 'Intersectionality in digital feminist knowledge cultures: Practising a travelling theory' event on 18 March 2020 is now cancelled. We thank you for your understanding and hope you will be able to join us at another La Trobe event in the future. All ticket holders will be refunded.

If you have any questions in relation to this event please do not hesitate to contact Dr Renae Fomiatti at r.fomiatti@latrobe.edu.au

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In recent years it has been noted that feminism has been the subject of a resurgence in mainstream media and in social media activism in the West. However, as Christina Scharff, Carrie Smith-Prei and Maria Stehle (2016) note, it is important to observe that such activism is transnational, rather than corresponding to universal notions of justice, difference and oppression. In view of these insights, this paper seeks to foreground the transnational nature of popular feminism(s). This paper explores how intersectionality, as a dynamic, mutable and transnational framework, is interpreted by self-identifying Australian feminists.

This paper derives from a pilot project seeking to map movements in contemporary digital feminism in Australia, not to emphasise Australia as necessarily a unique or bounded site but to understand the hybridity of popular feminism as a travelling and popularized discourse. Australia is a nation-state that is dominated by whiteness but also on ‘the periphery of the Euro-American core of 'the West'’ (Ang 2003). As such, it is necessary to understand how the significance of intersectionality (Crenshaw 1989) is remade, both in relation to both transnational movements in digital culture and the neoliberal disciplining of difference. While immersion in such transnational cultures may produce cosmopolitan Australian feminist subjects, these movements instantiate questions of how to take politics into effective translation on the ground.

About Dr Akane Kanai

Dr Akane Kanai is a lecturer in the School of Media, Film and Journalism at Monash University. Her research on youthful femininities and digital intimate publics has been published in outlets including Feminist Media Studies, the Journal of Gender Studies, the European Journal of Cultural Studies, and Social Media and Society. Her first book, Gender and Relatability in Digital Culture: Managing Affect, Intimacy and Value is published with Palgrave Macmillan.


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