ARCSHS Distinguished Lecture Series: Margaret Jolly

ARCSHS is turning 25!

To celebrate we’re hosting a Distinguished Lecture Series showcasing senior academics from Australia and abroad discussing contemporary issues in sexuality, health and the social dimensions of human relationships.

Incipient Individuals? Gender, Sexuality and Subjectivity in Contemporary Oceania with Professor Margaret Jolly, Professor in the School of Culture, History and Language, Australian National University

Abstract: In this talk I will reflect on whether we are witnessing an incipient individualism in contemporary Oceania, what processes might be catalysing that and how differently gendered and sexual subjects are situated in such processes. Social theorists have often plotted a binary between autonomous individuals and relational persons and grounded that in the imaginary landscapes of the ‘West’ and ‘non-West’. Oceania, the sea of islands of the Pacific, has been a privileged locale for such arguments. Contemporary transformations consequent on land dispossession, commodity economics, biomedicine, Christianity and human rights discourses have all been implicated in debates about emergent or incipient individualism. Through an analysis of research across several Pacific countries carried out by a team of scholars on our ARC Laureate project Engendering Persons, Transforming Things I will argue for the dynamic co-presence of these rival models of the person and reflect on how they are gendered and sexualised in Oceania.

Event details

Date: Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Time: 5:30pm

Location: Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, La Trobe University

Room 1.04. 215 Franklin St, Melbourne 3000

Booking: This event is free but bookings are essential


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