Page 1

OUSA Women’s Week 2013 July 29th – August 2nd This year marks the 120th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New Zealand, a move that we as New Zealanders are proud of and celebrate. The 2013 OUSA Women’s Week will continue that celebration, as well as take a deeper look into the challenges that we still face. The week includes highlights such as: a debate on the Babe of the Day Facebook pages; workshops on poverty, legal rights and polyamory; and talks from women such as Alison McCulloch, academics from Otago, and community leaders. The week-long stall in the Main Common Room will be a place to add your words or pictures to a wall celebrating women in our community, as well as a place to make badges, find out more information, and watch Buffy over lunch time. OUSA invites you to come to any or all of the events during the week and make this Women’s Week one to remember. Check the programme, posters, or come to the stall from the 29th July through to the 2nd of August to get more information about the amazing events on during the week.

page 2

Outline for the Week: Events for Monday 29th July – pp. 4-5 Events for Tuesday 30th July – pp. 5-6 Events for Wednesday 31st July – pp. 6-7 Events for Thursday 1st August – pp. 7-9 Events for Friday 2nd August – pp. 9-11

Women’s Week Stall All week long we will be running a stall in the area between the Link, the food court, and the Main Common Room (MCR). There will be a “I need feminism because...” photobooth, lunchtime Buffy screenings, badge making machine, space for you to add images to the wall of inspiring women, information about women’s week, support services and other initiatives that are happening around the country!

page 3

Monday 29th July • Changing values panel discussion - 12pm, Archway 2 Panel: Dorothy Page Dorothy retired from a long and enjoyable career teaching in the Otago History Department in 2000. She has published on NZ women’s nationality, women’s service organisations and nineteenth century women graduates from Otago University and has essays on women in all five volumes of the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. She is a long-time member of the National Council of Women and wrote their centennial history (1996) and is Immediate Past President of the NZ Federation of Graduate Women.

Lyn Dowsett Lyn is a senior teaching fellow at the Biochemistry Department in the School of Medical Sciences at the University of Otago. Lyn has been involved with Staff Women’s Caucus at Otago University, Plunket, New Horizons for Women Trust, National Council of Women, Business and Professional Women and NZ Federation of Graduate Women.

Marita Leask Marita is a Master of Arts student who is interested in examining reproductive discourses. At undergraduate level she studied law and gender studies which got her interested in issues of gender equality and social justice.

Tofilau Nina Kirifi-Alai Manager of the Pacific Islands centre at the University of Otago and studied law and Women’s Studies at the University of Otago.

Oliver Watkins Oliver Watkins is a postgraduate student in the chemistry department where he is studying the luminescent reaction of the NZ glowworm.

Dr. Tai Sopoaga Tai Sopoaga. Assoc Dean Pacific, Health Sciences. Married to Angelo, has 11 year old son Emmanuel and a 4 year old golden labrador (Julius). Born in Samoa and went to high school there prior to coming to NZ to study medicine. Areas of specialty - public health and general practice page 4

• Self defence class - 4pm, OUSA Dance Room Teacher: Imogen Coxhead - Imogen is training with Womens Self Defence Network - Wahine Toa, teaching females to use their mind, body and voice to keep themselves safe. Imogen’s aim is to ensure women have a range of strategies to help them to avoid getting into difficult situations, or to escape those situations should they arise.

• Gender equality discussion, potluck & networking - 6pm, OUSA Recreation centre room 7

Tuesday 30th July • Debate: This House believes that the Dunners babe of the day facebook page is sexist - 12pm, Commerce 2.03 Affirmative: Jasmine Chalmers - Jasmine is a Gender Studies and Sociology student who also volunteers at Rape Crisis.

Hannah Kettle - Hannah is a third year Law and Anthropology student. Su Muse - Su Muse is currently studying medicine here at Otago who has a keen interest in women’s issues, particularly violence against women and rape.

Negating: Guy McCallum - Guy is presently on the Board of the ACT Party, also Vice President of ACT on Campus. Finishing Politics at Otago.

Ryan Edgar - Ryan Edgar is in his 3rd year studying Finance, Psychology and Marketing. He was the OUSA Finance Officer for 2012.

Zac Gawn - Zac Gawn is the Administrative Vice President of OUSA, as well as this he is in his final year studying Philosophy, Politics and Economics.

page 5

• Rape crisis workshop - 4pm, OUSA Rec Centre, Room 6 Facilitators: Anna-Kirsty Munro and Elizabeth Mcphee - Anna Kirsty and Elizabeth are part of the Rape Crisis Dunedin Collective. Anna-Kirsty has been a volunteer there since April last year, and is now the funding and resource coordinator as well as the community educator. She am educating alongside Elizabeth Mcphee, and together they teach at high schools, and community groups throughout Dunedin. Our educator role is rewarding as we are able to challenge people’s perceptions in relation to rape myth, and gender roles.

• P3 foundation workshop on the intersectionality of poverty and women - 6pm, OUSA Rec Centre, Otago Room Facilitators: Anna Venz - Anna is a 5th year student studying Law and Science, majoring in Psychology. She got involved with P3 Foundation because she wanted to make a positive difference to the world and got involved with P3 as a SEED facilitator this year. This role involves educating and empowering high school students to give them the skills they need to also create positive change. P3’s goal is to end extreme poverty in the Asia-Pacific region within our generation.

Nick Kokay - Nick is a 6th year student with an LL.B (Hons) and BA in Politics from the University of Canterbury. He moved down to Dunedin at the start of the year to pursue a BA (Hons) programme in Politics. Nick’s role as a P3 SEED facilitator helps him to empower young people in Dunedin and help them educate and empassion other youths and teenagers.

Wednesday 31st July • Abortion Law Reform talk - 4pm, Castle C Speaker: Dr. Alison McCulloch Alison McCulloch, the author of “Fighting to Choose: The Abortion Rights Struggle in New Zealand” (Victoria University Press), has worked as a journalist for more than 20 years, first in New Zealand and then in the page 6

United States, where she spent six years as a staff editor at The New York Times. She studied journalism and political science and has a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Colorado. Alison is on the executive of the Abortion Law Reform Association of New Zealand, with whom she’s organising a one-off national book and campaign tour later this year called the Prochoice Highway:

• Women’s rights: legal development workshop 6pm, OUSA Recreation centre room 5 Facilitator: Hannah Dury Hannah is in her fourth year studying law, philosophy, politics and economics. She is passionate about using the law and the feminist movement as tools to facilitate positive social change. In particular, Hannah is passionate about women in the third world achieving greater access to education, as well as freedom from violence and discrimination.

Thursday 1st August • Academic panel: on being an academic in a male dominated world - 12pm, Commerce 2.22 Panel: Dr. Angela Wanhalla - Dr. Angela Wanhalla is a senior lecturer in the Department of History and Art History. She researches in the histories of race and sexuality in colonial history, with a particular focus on families and private life. She trained in History and Sociology at the University of Canterbury, and before coming to the University of Otago held a Canada Research Council Post-doctoral Fellowship in Native-Newcomer Relations at the University of Saskatchewan.

Professor Elizabeth Rose - Elizabeth L Rose (BSE Princeton; MSE, AM, PhD Michigan) is a Professor of Management, having joined the university earlier this year, following four years as Professor of International Business page 7

at Aalto University School of Business (formerly known as Helsinki School of Economics) in Finland. Her research pertains to various aspects of global strategy and how firms internationalise. She currently serves on the Executive Board of the Academy of International Business as Vice President for Administration, is Programme Chair for the Strategic Management Society’s Global Strategy Interest Group and chairs the Research Committee for the Academy of Management’s International Management Division.

Dr. Hilary Radner - Initially commencing her adult life as a video artist, Hilary Radner shifted gears and completed a PhD in 1988 in the Department of Radio-Television-Film at the University of Texas Austin. She held positions at the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Notre Dame, where she was an associate professor, before joining the University of Otago as Professor of Film and Media Studies. Her publications included two monographs, six co-edited volumes and one co-edited exhibition catalogue. Her major research interests focus on developments in visual culture subsequent to second wave feminism, in particular cinema, especially Hollywood cinema, French cinema and New Zealand Cinema, but also fashion and moving image art.

Dr. Rebecca Stringer - Rebecca Stringer is Senior Lecturer in Gender Studies here at Otago. She undertook undergraduate study in Art History and Visual Arts, before completing a Ph.D in Political Science. Her research area is feminist theory and political theory, and her primary research interest is the social construction of victimhood. Rebecca is the author of Knowing Victims: Feminism and Victim Politics in Neoliberal Times (London, Routledge, in press) and, with Hilary Radner, coeditor of Feminism At The Movies: Understanding Gender in Contemporary Popular Cinema (New York: Roultedge, 2011).

Dr. Vicki Spencer - Dr Vicki A. Spencer is a Senior Lecturer in political theory in the Department of Politics at the University of Otago. She came to Otago in July 2006 having worked previously as a Lecturer at the University of Adelaide and Flinders University of South Australia. Before that she received her MA at Flinders University and then went to the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. Her intellectual interests lie in the area of culture and politics, and her most recent publication is page 8

her book, Herder’s Political Thought: A Study of Language, Culture and Community (University of Toronto Press, 2012).

• Critiques and Criticisms of feminism workshop 4pm, St David Seminar Room 4 Facilitator: Catherine Dale Catherine Dale taught the Introduction to Feminist Theory course for several years here at Otago. She has been involved in various feminist organisations including poetry performance groups and she has written on feminist issues and concerns.

• Promiscuity and Polyamory workshop: Promoting thought into unconventional relationships 6pm, OUSA Recreation Centre, Room 7 Facilitator: Michaela Hunter Michaela Hunter is a third year student studying for a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Gender Studies and minoring in Politics.

Friday 2nd August • Panel discussion on Gender Quota Laws

1pm, Archway 1 Panel: Clare Curran - Clare Curran is currently the Labour Party spokesperson for Broadcasting, Communications and Information Technology, Open Government and the Associate Spokesperson for Economic Development.

Dave Cull - Dave graduated with a BA and PG Dip in Political Studies from the University of Otago. He has had a career in TV, radio and writing. Dave was elected to Dunedin City Council in 2007 and Elected Mayor in 2010.

page 9

Francisco Hernandez - Francisco Hernandez is the President of the Otago University Students’ Association. He has previously served on the OUSA executive as the Welfare Officer and Colleges and Communications Officer. His other activities include being Chair of Planet Media Dunedin Limited, serving on the University Council, Student Job Search and the Otago Tertiary Chaplaincy Trust Board. His interests include reading, writing, tramping and designing election simulation software.

Megan Woods - Megan was elected Member of Parliament for Wigram at the 2011 General Election. She is Labour’s spokesperson for tertiary education, associate spokesperson for Science & Innovation and is responsible for transport and education issues in Christchurch. Before politics, Megan studied her PhD in New Zealand History at the University of Canterbury and has worked at a Crown Research Institute for a number of years. • Miss Representation film screening and panel discussion - 4-6pm, OUSA Recreation Centre, Evison Lounge

Panel: Dr. Holly Randell-Moon Holly is a Lecturer in Communication and Media Studies at the University of Otago. She has a diverse range of research interests which centre on the politics of representation. She has published articles on topics ranging from Buffy the Vampire Slayer to Pope John Paul II to the role of bodies and technology in producing television narratives to the political and cultural intersections of whiteness, national identity and Christianity and finally, the zombies that permeate academic workplaces.

Dr. Rosemary Overell Dr. Rosemary Overell completed a doctorate, majoring in cultural studies and Japanese studies, at the University of Melbourne in 2012. Her thesis, Brutal: Affect Belonging In, and Between, Australia and Japan’s Grindcore Scenes, explored how fans of grindcore metal music feel ‘at home’ in scenic spaces. Rosemary’s research included two years of ethnographic fieldwork in Osaka, Japan, as well as in Melbourne, Australia. Rosemary has taught for a number of years at the University of Melbourne in cultural

page 10

studies, Asian studies, media studies and cultural geography. Between 2011 and 2013 she co-ordinated subjects on popular music cultures and lifestyle and consumer cultures.

Dr. Shelagh Ferguson Dr Shelagh Ferguson joined the Marketing Department at Otago in 2002 to undertake a doctorate investigating consumer narratives of commercial adventure experiences with particular relation to Generation Y, aspirations of ‘cool’ and identity creation. Her research interests continue in a similar consumer culture orientated theme including adventure tourism, consumer theory and culture, consumption communities within society and interpretive and ethnographic research methods. Recent publications include the negotiation of gendered identity utilising consumption activities and marketplace resources. • Dunedin Feminist Collective Meeting on Gender

Quotas - 6pm, OUSA Recreation centre Room 5 The Collective welcomes absolutely anyone who would like to learn more about feminism, share their views and/or who would like to get involved in working towards gender equity.

thank you to all who got involved! if you would like more information please contact sam allen at

page 11

2013 OUSA Women's Week Programme  
2013 OUSA Women's Week Programme