Beyond the Binary: Enacting Freedom of Gender Expression
Free Public Lecture
Kathleen Fitzpatrick Theatre
2019 Wednesday Lectures hosted by Raimond Gaita
Terms such as 'gender fluidity', 'non-binary' and 'non-conforming gender' serve both as descriptors of, and as refusals of, identity categorisation. Consequences of the public visibility of diverse gender identities include: an option to decide whether or not to enter gender on a child’s birth certificate; prescribed hormone levels for competing in elite sport; and increased scrutiny of the legitimacy of gender as a criteria for entry into institutions.
In the third installment of the series, Associate Professor Kate MacNeill will review a number of current events to explore the ways in which legal rights can constrain fluidity, and how category naming can serve to narrow the spaces for those who seek to exist beyond regulation.
Associate Professor Kate MacNeill, Director, Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences; Associate Dean, Graduate Studies
Associate Professor Kate MacNeill
Director, Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences; Associate Dean, Graduate Studies
The University of Melbourne
Associate Professor MacNeill is Director of the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences and Associate Dean (Graduate Studies) in the Faculty of Arts at The University of Melbourne. She continues to teach in the Master of Arts and Cultural Management program, in the School of Culture and Communication. With a background in law and economics she had extensive experience in policy work in the government and nongovernment sector prior to returning to study, obtaining a PhD in Art History (Identity and contemporary Australian art). Her research interests include the intersection between law and artistic practice (in particular cultures of intellectual property and censorship), leadership in the arts and cultural sector, and ethics and creative practices. She was a coresearcher on the project: iDARE Developing new approaches to ethics and research integrity training through challenges posed by Creative Practice Research, funded by the Office of Learning and Teaching (Australian Government) .