Feminist Happenings in Melbourne in June

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Every month we will be bringing you a round-up of all the feminist events happening in Melbourne. From video game meet-ups, to writer’s festivals and art exhibitions, we have something for everyone to keep your feminist fire burning through all of June!

Tuesday 5th - The Long Game: Women in Sport Today at The Wheeler’s Centre

Who gets to play, and who gets to win, in the field of sports? This is the focus of the new collection of essays Balancing Acts: Women in Sport, featuring writers including Ellen Van Neervan, Tegan Higgenbotham and Nicole Hayes. Taking place at the Wheeler’s Centre, these writers will discuss the ever shifting goalposts in sport, and the way women and non-binary athletes navigate these traditionally male spaces. It’s a free event, but make sure you book your ticket here.

Friday 8th – Women and Non-Binary Gamers Club at ACMI

Grab your controller, your mouse or your keyboard: it’s time to talk video games! This monthly meet up allows women and non-binary folks to come together and share their passion for the medium. This month they will be discussing What Remains of Edith Finch – a collection of strange tales about a family in Washington state. It’s a game about what it feels like to be humbled and astonished by the vast and unknowable world around us, and it’s sure to bring up some interesting conversations about the medium of gaming. Head to ACMI for more info on this and upcoming events.

Tuesday 12th – Mainstreaming Disability and Appearance Diversity on Screen presented by ACMI

Did you know that twenty percent of Australians live with disability? You probably wouldn't guess that from our media. At this panel discussion hosted by Carly Findlay, creatives Michelle Law, Alistair Baldwin and Kate Hood will be addressing this issue, and how important representation is. They will also be looking to the future, and how In 2018, more people with disability and appearance diversity are writing and starring in TV and film, influencing on social media and getting opportunities as brand ambassadors. Tickets available here.

17th – 23rd – Refugee Week 2018

Refugee Week is Australia’s peak annual event to raise awareness about the issues affecting refugees and celebrate the positive contributions made by refugees to Australian society. This year’s theme with #WithRefugees, and today, more than ever, we need a global movement to demand the safety and rights of refugees are protected. Go to their website to find out more about events and ways you can take part, including the Refugee Film Festival.

19th – 29th – Emerging Writers Festival

The EWF is a yearly festival which celebrates creativity and innovation, and nutures up and coming Australian talent. We had a look at the program and found some of our favourites – lots of them are free, so start planning your week! Make sure you check out the full program as well.

Wednesday 20th – Bunjil Place Zine Workshop

Cut, paste and photocopy your very own publication! Get crafty and creative with Eloise Grills and see your ideas come to life and ready to hit the streets or the shelves with this interactive workshop.

Friday 22nd – Lunchtime Lit – Writing Queer Characters

In contemporary lit, audiences are demanding representation that reflects the full spectrum of queer experiences. Alison Evans, Kim Ho and Angela Serrano discuss the art of crafting dynamic and nuanced queer characters in different forms.

Saturday 23rd – SIGNAL X LIMINAL

Learn about visual storytelling with Adolfo Aranjuez and Leah Jing McIntosh from Liminal Magazine, an online space for the exploration, interrogation and celebration of the Asian-Australian experience.

Monday 25th – Amazing Babes

Always a highlight of the EWF Program, Amazing Babes is all about the wonderful women of writing, sharing odes to the babes in their lives in inspire and uplift them. Hosted by Namila Benson, this year’s event features some brilliant writers including Shastra Deo, Eugenia Flynn, Soreti Kadir and Simona Castricum.

Tuesday 26th – Early Words: Travel Writing and Gender

In her essay Travel Writing and Gender, Susan Bassnet asks: “Is there a way in which travel writing is inherently gendered?” Stephanie Lai, Rosalind McFarlane and Saaro Umar critique the genre through readings of their own work and a panel discussion on future perspectives.

Wednesday 27th – Early Words: Feminism Online

What is the state of feminist activism online? Considering the contexts and communities from which we write and whose stories are told and how, Carly Findlay, Sangeetha Thanapal and Carissa Lee explore the pitfalls and power of feminist discourse and activism in the digital age.

Wednesday 27th - Dismantling white supremacy in the NGO sector: is it even possible? At Trades Hall

As the world increasingly demands active deconstruction of white supremacy, is the NGO space in Australia doing enough? Join Natalie Ironfield, Nayuka Gorrie and Tarneen Onus-Williams to discuss the state of white supremacy in the Australian NGO sector. This is an area comprised of people wanting to make the world better, but are they doing more harm than good? Is cultural competency training enough? Are Reconciliation Action Plans enough? Find out more info and book tickets here.

All Month –Grandmothers presented by Multicultural Museums Victoria

Multicultural Museums Victoria are a collective of museums from around the state, including the Chinese Museum, the Hellenic Museum, the Islamic Museum of Australia, the Jewish Museum of Australia and Co.As.It Italian Historical Society & Museo Italiano. For their first joint project, each of these museums is holding an exhibition featuring Victorian grandmothers from these cultures, and the roles they play as immigrants, storytellers, and nurturers. Every museum’s focus will be different, and each one will give insight into the generations of women who are keeping their cultures alive in Victoria. The exhibition will be running all through June and August, and you can find more details here.

All Month - GUERRILLA GIRLS - PORTFOLIO COMPLEAT at NGV

Formed in 1986, Guerrilla Girls is an anonymous collective that has been disrupting the art world for decades. Their posters, billboards, books, videos and live lectures use facts, humour and bold visuals to expose sexism and racism in politics, the art world and popular culture. With 129 projects made between 1985 and 2016, Guerrilla Girls Portfolio Compleat 1985–2012 + Upgrade 2012–2016 is a comprehensive record of the Guerrilla Girls’ oeuvre. This exhibition gives insight into their legacy within the museums that have so often been the target of their work. Exhibiting until September and with free entry, this is an amazing opportunity to see some iconic feminist art up close.

Do you have a feminist event you would like to share with us? Email us at hello@herwords.com.au to be included in next months event round up!

Domini Marshall