Risks of visibility in a forced spotlight

I’ll be on this online panel which is free to attend: Risks of visibility in a forced spotlight: challenging the ‘impact agenda’

Date: Mon, 12 September 2022 8:00PM-9:30PM AEST (11:00AM – 12:30PM BST)

Register: online.

About this event:

In this event, we challenge the positive framing of REF and impact to examine the conditions in which this labour is undertaken, given what we know about cultures of digital hate. We understand academia as a sector with visibility built in, that can both be understood through frameworks relevant to public facing fields like celebrity and politics, and offer insights for understanding the harms of forced online visibility more generally. Therefore, insights can inform fields beyond ‘academia studies’, and be applied to digital hate more broadly. This event will ask how the politics of visibility and its unequally distributed risks shape our ability to contribute to public debate through online participation.

Speakers include:

  • Dr Claire Sedgewick, Impact Officer at the University of Derby
  • keisha bruce, PhD candidate at the University of Nottingham
  • Jess Wren Butler, PhD candidate at Lancaster University
  • Dr Gayle Brewer, Lecturer in Psychology, University of Liverpool
  • Dr Xine Yao, Lecturer in American Literature to 1900, University College London
  • Dr Zuleyka Zevallos, applied sociologist and senior policy researcher, living on Gadigal land (Sydney)

Hosted by Dr Hannah Yelin, Oxford Brookes University and Dr Laura Clancy, Lancaster University.

Past Events

Association of Iberian and Latin American Studies of Australasia (AILASA) Conference

I’ll be running an online workshop for the Association of Iberian and Latin American Studies of Australasia (AILASA). The conference theme is Visions: Possibilities, Performance and the Past. My session is titled, “Career Planning in the Research Sector.”

You can read a copy of my slides on my research blog.

Australian Critical Race and Whiteness Studies Association Conference

Professor Patricia Hill Collins speaks at a podium at the front of a room
Keynote by Prof Patricia Hill Collins

I presented at the Australian Critical Race and Whiteness Studies Association (ACRAWSA) Conference. My paper was titled, ‘The Rest of You Can Go Next: Using Intersectionality in Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Programs.’ This is my abstract:

This paper addresses the racial silences that women of colour navigate when developing and managing equity, diversity and inclusion programs. I draw on a critical autobiography of memory and trauma (Thompson and Tyagi 1996), analysing the impact of my career on my life as a woman of colour. Of my two-decades working as a sociologist, I’ve spent 14 years employed across public service, not-for-profit, and consultancy contexts. I reflect on the evolution of managerialism, which is increasingly eager to be seen as responsive to intersectionality, whilst remaining hostile to anti-racism (Ahmed 2017). I outline the barriers, negotiation and resistance strategies used when delivering public programs intended to serve marginalised communities, whilst simultaneously challenging racism, sexism and other workplace discrimination. I show how intersectionality is deployed in corporate branding, and the impact of diluting the race component of intersectionality from ‘equity, diversity and inclusion’ programs. Intersectionality provides a critical framework for exploring how race and gender simultaneously impact legal, economic and other institutional outcomes (Crenshaw 1989). These dynamics are disparately experienced by Aboriginal women and femmes, other Black people, and other migrants (Bottomley, de Lepervanche and Martin 1991; Collins and Bilge 2016; Moreton-Robinson 2000). Here, I focus on the racial, gendered and mental health costs of delivering social change.

Science Pathways 2018

Science Pathways 2018

I’ll be on a panel at the Science Pathways: Diversify Your Thinking conference on 23 April 2018, in Brisbane. The panel is titled, ‘Making Science Inclusive.’ I will speak alongside Ms Kimberly Olsen, Ms Rachel Ranton, Dr Andrew Siebel. The panel is facilitated by Dr Carly Rosewarne. From the conference website:

Discussions around how to improve diversity in science are often centred on ways to encourage those from underrepresented demographics to consider career paths in STEM. To ensure success, these well-intentioned initiatives need to be underpinned by effective policy and ongoing support to ensure individuals are given an equal opportunity to thrive. In this session, the concept of inclusive science will be explored from the perspective of EMCRs, with examples of best practice from academia and industry.

Tech Inclusion

Tech Inclusion Conference 2018

I’ll be speaking on a panel at the Tech Inclusion Melbourne Conference on 13 February 2018. The panel is led by UX Lead for ANZ, Cory-Ann Joseph, and also features UX designer Danya Azzopardi. The panel is titled: We’ve got a time machine, now what are we going to do with it? 

How can the tech industry in Australia avoid the same and chart a different course for the future?

Kiwi Foo Camp 2018


I’ll be at Kiwi Foo Camp on 2-4 March 2018, held in Auckland, New Zealand.  I plan to talk about practical steps to boost equity, diversity an intersectionality… or how to end sexual harassment. More details to follow after the event!

About the event

(From the event website) 150 people, two days, no agenda, Kiwi Foo Camp is a private gathering of people who are building the future. Invitations are extended to those doing interesting work in fields such as neuroscience, Internet applications, psychology, open source programming, art, business, education, physics, politics, and all manner of interesting science and technology. They network, share their works in progress, and find new partners for collaboration. Past events have seen attendees form companies, change the legislative agenda, kick-off scientific research, and launch new international careers

Note: Unfortunatley, Kiwi Foo is a closed event.

Diversity in STEM

I’m giving a talk on Diversity in STEM, at the AMSI Summer School, which is being held at Monash University on Thursday 18 January from 12:45 pm-2 pm.

I will provide background on the data and issues affecting diversity in Australia, and then join a panel discussion with

  • Ailie Gallant (ARC DECRA Fellow in the School of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment.
  • Sarah Jabbari, postdoc in the School of Maths.
  • Sevvandi Kandanaarachchi, Research Fellow, Mathematical Sciences.

Note: The event is closed to AMSI Summer School students.

Research Equity in New Zealand Aotearoa

Title of event on top banner against blue background reads: Research Equity in New Zealand Aotearoa. Smaller yellow banner with time and address details. Lower half shows large photo of Zuleyka Zevallos on the left and logos of hosts The NZ Association of Scientists, and logos of sponsors: Dodd-Walls Centre; The MacDiarmid Institute; Te Punaha Matatini

(From the event organisers) The New Zealand Association of Scientists is pleased to welcome Dr Zuleyka Zevallos to New Zealand, for a special discussion of how to improve equity and increase diversity in research communities. The event is free to the public. We invite you to join us.

Dr Zuleyka Zevallos will then be joined by the following panelists: Prof Anita Brady; Di Tracey; Izzy O’Neill; A/Prof Joanna Kidman; and Prof Richard Blaikie.