Welcome to the Centre for Women’s Studies and Gender Research (CWSGR)

  • The Centre for Women’s Studies and Gender Research located in the Sociology Program at Monash University brings together expertise in feminist social sciences and humanities research. The Centre fosters research and teaching collaborations that address women’s equity and produce knowledge about women’s lives and status in society, and the dilemmas and contradictions in gender relations, gender equality outcomes and sexualities in all societies. The gender studies stream within the Sociology teaching program, and the collaborative research activities of the Centre are all informed by the belief that all social processes are ‘gendered’, and that feminist analysis and knowledge is crucial in understanding social processes, power and participation.


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  • This post first appeared on the Women, Peace and Security Academic Collective blog. The Women, Peace and Security Academic Collective and Women in International Security New Zealand (see note 1) are delighted that New Zealand has won election as non-permanent member on the UN Security Council beginning in January 2015 until December 2016, representing the Western Read more
  • Contemporary discourses about childhood and child well-being carry strong messages for parents and families about health weights and healthy bodies. Ideas about and fears about childhood obesity are shaping the lives of contemporary families in complex ways. Neo-liberal biomedical frameworks that emphasise individual responsibility don’t address the relational consumption practices that produce contemporary family lives.  Mothers, tasked with Read more
  • The Centre has been extremely pleased to host Dr Simsek for a three month fellowship since August. Dr Simsek’s project, the everyday lives of Australian Turkish women, and her innovative digital storytelling  research approach have been of great interest to Monash colleagues. Dr Simsek’s seminar was extremely well-attended and produced many productive conversations. We are Read more

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  • The 2014 Fay Gale Lecture, presented by the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, in conjunction with Monash University, was delivered by Professor Jacqui True on “Winning the War on War, but Losing the Battle: A Feminist Perspective on Global Violence.”  Read more
  • By Sara Davies and Jacqui True At the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict in London this week a number of myths about sexual violence have been debated and dispelled. Asia Pacific – the single largest global region – has been on the margins of this debate with the evidence base largely focusing on the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Syria, Central African Republic and Central America.  However, this Read more
  • Nineteenth-Century Female Poisoners Three English Women Who Used Arsenic to Kill Nineteenth-Century Female Poisoners investigates the Essex poisoning trials of 1846 to 1851 where three women were charged with using arsenic to kill children, their husbands and brothers. Using newspapers, archival sources (including petitions and witness depositions), and records from parliamentary debates, the focus is not on whether Read more
  • Responsibility  KEYNOTE SPEAKER Professor Sara Ahmed Goldsmiths College, United Kingdom  Willful Subjects: Responsibility, Fragility, History  Conference Information The 2014 Conference was hosted by the Centre for Women’s Studies & Gender Research in Sociology, Monash University; in collaboration with Gender Studies, University of Melbourne; Sociology and Gender Studies, Deakin University. The full AWGSA Conference Report 2014 and website can be accessed here. Read more
  • “WINNING THE WAR ON WAR BUT LOSING THE BATTLE: A FEMINIST PERSPECTIVE ON GLOBAL VIOLENCE” Tuesday, 3 June 2014, 6.00 pm – 7.00 pm Monash University, Caulfield East   Event details International relations scholars as well as psychologists have recently claimed that violence – defined largely as homicide and casualties from war – is in steep decline. On these accounts, human Read more
  • This year will be one of rapid change in Afghanistan, as international military forces continue their withdrawal from the country and Afghans await the final result of Presidential elections. Australia has made an enormous investment in Afghanistan over the past decade, and has a responsibility to ensure that the country achieves a safe and prosperous Read more
  • Under the auspices of the Monash Warwick Alliance, Professor Jacqui True (Monash), Dr Juanita Elias (Warwick) and Dr Nicola Pratt (Reader, Warwick). hosted a two day sponsored workshop (April 9-10) on new approaches to violence against women. Rethinking Violence Against Women- Comparative and Transnational Perspectives brought together key gender researchers including early career and doctoral researchers from the two institutions with two key objectives. 1) Explore Read more
  • Neeti Aryal Khanal (MA Women’s Studies 2010) was recently awarded an Australian Alumni Excellence Award by Austrade. The award is given to those graduates of Australian universities who make outstanding contributions in thier home country. Neeti’s academic, activist and public intellectual contributions were recognised in this award: our sincere congratulations to her.  In 2015, Neeti has been Read more
  •     Staff from the Centre and School of Social Sciences attended the lunch and the presentation by Captain Jennifer Wittwer CSM RAN,  Director of the National Action Plan for Women, Peace and Security for the Australian Defence Force. Captain Wittwer outlined the  National Action Plan and ADF strategies to integrate a gender perspective into its peace and security Read more
  • Prof Jude McCulloch The School of Social Sciences is one of the largest Schools of social sciences nationally. It has approximately eighty academic staff and enrolls more than 10,000 undergraduate students annually. In addition to undergraduates academic staff supervise more than one hundred and fifty post -graduate students in the Graduate Program for Political and Social Read more