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Gender Research Network Intersectional Reading Group – 9 May 2024

Please join us for May’s Gender Research Network Intersectional Reading Group where we will be joined by Curtin academic and PhD student Evan Lawless.

This session we’ll be discussing the Introduction and Chapter One of Sara Ahmed’s Living a Feminist Life (2017). For Curtin students and staff, this book is available in full digitally via the University library.

If you haven’t previously attended a Reading Group session, please feel welcome to join us. We look forward to seeing you and returning to a regular monthly schedule!

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Kids Across the Spectrums: Growing up Autistic in the Digital Age

2 February to June 2024

Throughout 2023 the Centre for Culture and Technology (CCAT) engaged with Professor Jonathan Gray’s book Dislike Minded through a reading group, hosting a seminar presentation and writing a collaborative book review to be published in the Australasian Journal of Popular Culture.

We invite you to join us this year as we read Meryl Alper’s latest book available via open access Kids Across the Spectrums: Growing Up Autistic in the Digital Age.

Here’s the link to the book in Curtin’s library catalogue: Kids across the spectrums : growing up autistic in the digital age – Curtin University.

The fortnightly reading group will be held on Fridays at 11am online with some in-person sessions for interested staff and students to read and discuss Kids Across the spectrums. Meryl has agreed to meet with us via zoom at the conclusion of the reading to discuss her work.

The schedule is as follows:

  • 2/02/2024 Chapter 1 Introduction
  • 16/02/2024 Chapter 2 Identity
  • 1/03/2024 Chapter 3 Learning
  • 15/03/2024 Chapter 4 Family
  • 12/04/2024 Chapter 5 Friendship
  • 26/04/2024 Chapter 6 Senses
  • 10/05/2024 Chapter 7 Emotions
  • 24/05/2024 Chapter 8 Conclusion
  • June: Meryl Alper joins us online to discuss the book – date and time tba

The group will adopt a loose structure with general discussion about the content of each chapter. Participants are free to attend as many sessions as they’re able to.

This book will be of interest to MCASI researchers interested in critical disability studies, internet studies, digital childhood, or neurodiversity. If you or your HDR or honours students are interested in attending this reading group, you are welcome to join us by following the Teams link below.

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