Feminist happenings in Melbourne

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Every month we will be bringing you a round-up of all the feminist events, seminars and meet-ups happening in Melbourne. Find out what’s on near you, take the opportunity to learn something new, and grow your feminist network while you’re at it!

May 2nd - Girls in Uniform: Landmarks of Lesbian Cinema, presented by Melbourne Cinématèque

The Melbourne Cinémathèque aims to present films in the medium they were created, taking place every Wednesday at ACMI. This month they will be screening their “Girls in Uniform: Landmarks of Lesbian Cinema” program, featuring Olivia and Muchachas De Uniforme. These two films from 1951 belong to a rich vein and history of “girls school” melodramas, focusing on the burgeoning sexual infatuations between students and teachers. Find more information here.

May 3rd and 9th – Women Melbourne’s Network Feminist Bookclub

Every month the Women Melbourne’s Network choose a book to discuss at their Feminist Bookclub, taking place at either Brunswick Street Bookstore or Embiggens Books. This month they will be reading Terra Nullius by Claire G. Coleman, a work of speculative fiction that deals with Australia’s history of colonisation and displacement. Come along to one of the Feminist Bookclub events for some wine and literary discussion – for more details, head to their website.

May 2nd – 22nd – MAYHEM at the Wheeler’s Centre

A month long series of talks and events at the Wheeler’s Centre, exploring old and new stories through conversation. Here are some of our favourite picks, but you can find them all here.

May 3rd - Glory Edim: Well-Read Black Girl

Glory Edim founded the Well-Read Black Girl book club back in 2015, a monthly meeting that takes place in real life and online, discussing the work of emerging and established writers. Since then it has grown into a major literary phenomenon, celebrating the uniqueness of black literature and sisterhood. At this event with journalist and documentary film maker Santilla Chingaipe, Edim will discuss the founding and future of the club and the next generation of black women writers. They will also be joined by author Maxine Beneba Clarke for a real-life WRBG book club meeting, discussing Clarke’s memoir, The Hate Race. Tickets are selling fast, so get in quick!

May 12th – Not Racist But…

What is race? What is racism? Simple questions with complicated answers. Curated by Santilla Chingaipe, Not Racist, But … is a day to discuss race and racism in our culture, our history, our politics and our media. The day will feature guests like journalist and broadcaster Beverly Wang, IndigenousX founder Luke Pearson, researcher Karen Farquharson and many more. Events are already booking up, so reserve your tickets now because this is one day you don’t want to miss.

May 14th – Jenny Zhang

Jenny Zhang’s Sour Heart, is a collection of short stories about Chinese-American girls and young women growing up in New York. These stories traverse generations and continents, from public schools in Queens to the streets of Shanghai during the Cultural Revolution. Hosted by writer Brodie Lancaster, will explore how Zhang sees candid and subversive humour as essential to storytelling, especially when it comes to marginalised groups.

May 15th – Electric Girlhoods & Alice’s Past and Future at ACMI

Taking place as part of ACMI’s Wonderland exhibition, this panel discussion delves into different conceptions of femininity and meaning throughout Alice's history. Looking at Lewis Carrol’s original depiction of Alice, but also at her many reincarnations on screen since, panellists Alexandra Heller-Nicholas, Dr Michelle J. Smith and Dr Dan Golding will look at unique representations of girlhood across time, space and media, exploring historical significance, contemporary potency and what Alice might mean in the future. You can find more information about this event and the exhibition at ACMI.

May 25th – 27th – Feminist Writers Festival

Featuring a number of events held in Melbourne and Geelong, the theme of this years Feminist Writers Festival is “Rewriting the Story”. Hear how feminist writers are tackling topics of violence against women, activism and advocacy, and how women actively mentor one another, sustain feminist voices, come together and break the silence. Learn about skilling up, inclusivity, creating communities and working towards change. For the full program head to their website.

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