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Power, Privilege and Pushing Back


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In our first Broadly Speaking event, Aileen Moreton-Robinson will discuss the blinkers of white feminism and explore alternative ways for women to conceive of freedom and power. In this follow-up panel discussion, we’re bringing together exceptional minds from Australia and abroad to expand on the themes of sovereignty, race and activism.

Hosted by journalist and podcaster Amy McQuire, our panellists – including lawyer and human rights advocate Nyadol Nyuon, author of All Our Relations, Tanya Talaga and author of White Negroes, Lauren Michele Jackson – will discuss women’s political activity online and on the streets today. 

What can feminism learn from other movements for justice? How do demands for a more rigorous and inclusive feminism – especially in popular culture and on social media – play out in people’s real lives and everyday experiences? How are trends in activism helpful and how are they harmful? And what should we make of the proliferation of black-square Instagram posts and anti-racist reading lists?

Our online bookseller for this event will be Neighbourhood Books.

The Broadly Speaking series is proudly supported by Krystyna Campbell-Pretty AM and family.


Amy McQuire

Amy McQuire is a Darumbal and South Sea Islander woman from Rockhampton in central Queensland. She is currently completing a PhD at the University of Queensland into media representations of violence against Aboriginal women. She is also a freelance writer and journalist. Amy has been the editor of ... Read more

Lauren Michele Jackson

Dr. Lauren Michele Jackson teaches in the Departments of English and African American Studies at Northwestern University. She is the author of White Negroes: When Cornrows Were in Vogue… and Other Thoughts on Cultural Appropriation. Her work (research, criticism, essays, and – on occasion – po... Read more

Tanya Talaga

Tanya Talaga is the acclaimed author of Seven Fallen Feathers, a multi-award winner including the RBC Taylor Prize, the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing, and the First Nation Communities READ: Young Adult/Adult Award. The book was a finalist for the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Nonfic... Read more

Nyadol Nyuon

Nyadol Nyuon is a commercial litigator with Arnold Bloch Leibler and a community advocate.   She was born in a refugee camp in Itang, Ethiopia, and raised in Kakuma Refugee camp, Kenya. At eighteen, Nyadol moved to Australia as a refugee. Since then she has completed a Bachelor of Arts from Vict... Read more

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