The RMIT Social & Global Studies Centre presents its first seminar for 2019

On the eve of International Women’s Day 2019, SGSC welcomes a dynamic range of speakers with diverse experiences of working to promote gender equality. The panel will explore the theme of ‘intersectionality’ – reflecting on the term, its history, utility and limitations, and will offer insights from their research, work and personal experience.

Speakers include Professor Katherine Johnson, Director of the Social & Global Studies Centre (RMIT); Dr Crystal McKinnon, RMIT Vice Chancellor’s Indigenous Research Fellow; Associate Professor Anne M. Harris, RMIT Vice Chancellor’s Principal Research Fellow, and an Australian Research Council Future Fellow; Professor Charlotte Williams, Associate Dean, Social Work and Human Services (RMIT); and, Hanna Moges Lemma, PhD candidate at the RMIT School of Global, Urban & Social Studies.


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Speaker Biographies

Professor Katherine Johnson joined RMIT as Director of the Social and Global Studies Centre in August, 2018.

Her research is in the field of gender, sexuality and mental health, with specialisms in critical community psychology and psychosocial studies, qualitative, participatory and visual research methods, and interdisciplinary research about LGBTQ lives. Her research collaborations and partnerships focus on improving the lives of LGBTQ+ people and have impacted on social policy and practice, particularly in the field of suicide prevention, mental health and end of life care.

Katherine is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, Past Chair of the Psychology of Women and Equalities Section, and a member of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH).

She is on the Editorial Board of Feminism and Psychology and Feminist Encounters: A journal of critical studies in culture and politics. She is also series editor with Professor Kath Browne (Maynooth, Ireland) of the Routledge book series, Transforming LGBTQ Lives.

Dr Crystal McKinnon is a Yamatji woman and is currently working at RMIT as a Vice Chancellor’s Indigenous Research Fellow, where she sits within the Social Change Enabling Capability Platform (ECP) and an Australian Research Council Discovery Indigenous Project, Indigenous Leaders: Lawful Relations from Encounter to Treaty. The Discovery Indigenous project looks at lawful encounters between the State and Aboriginal communities of Victoria as historic sovereign practices that may inform current Treaty practices.

Her work has looked at concepts of Indigenous sovereignty, and Indigenous resistance through the use of the creative arts, including music and literature. Crystal is the co-editor of History, Power and Text: Cultural Studies and Indigenous Studies (UTS ePress, 2014), and her work has been published in several books and journals, including Making Settler Colonial Space: Perspectives on Race, Place and Identity (Palgrave, 2010), the Alternative Law Journal, and Biography.

Associate Professor Anne M. Harris is a Vice Chancellor’s Principal Research Fellow at RMIT University, and an Australian Research Council Future Fellow (2017-2021) studying intercultural creativity. Anne is an Honorary Research Fellow at University of Nottingham (UK) and an Adjunct Professor at Monash University (Australia). Anne researches in the areas of gender, creativity, diversity, performance and emerging digital ethnographies.

Professor Charlotte Williams’ research interests focus on issues of contemporary multiculturalisms, ethnicities and ‘race’ as they come to bear on welfare and professional practices, but more broadly in corporate issues of equality and social justice within the context of particular welfare regimes.

As a professionally trained social worker, Charlotte has an ongoing research interest in issues of cultural diversity within social work education and practice. Her research is underpinned by an interdisciplinary body of theory drawing largely on comparative social policy, critical race theory, social geography, social development and theories of migration and multiculturalism. She has extensively theorised issues of place, locality and nationhood as they impact on welfare practices particularly in relation to the racialisation or exclusion of minoritised groups. Research approaches include participatory action methodologies and qualitative methodologies that articulate the voice of maginalised groups.

Hanna Moges Lemma is a PhD student in RMIT School of Global, Urban and Social Studies writing about Ethiopian women in Melbourne and their perceptions about changing gender roles.


The Green Brain
Storey Hall, Building 16, Level 7
RMIT University City Campus
336–348 Swanston St


7 March 2019