with Ruby Hamad & Aileen Moreton-Robinson / chaired by Shakira Hussein
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Ruby Hamad’s eloquent article about white women’s tendency to respond with tears if their behaviour is politely called to account by Women of Colour went viral worldwide and became the basis of her book, White Tears/Brown Scars. Aileen Moreton-Robinson’s now classic Talkin’ Up to the White Woman was one of the first books to challenge the whitewashing of Australian feminism. They ask the question: what kind of feminism is dominant in Australia today? And what kind of feminism do we want?
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Ruby Hamad is a Lebanese-Syrian journalist and author raised and based in Sydney. Her work has appeared internationally in The Guardian, Prospect Magazine, and The New Arab, and locally in Crikey and The Saturday Paper. An article for The Guardian, “How White Women use Strategic Tears to Silence Women of Colour” from May 2018 went viral and inspired the writing of her first book, White Tears/Brown Scars.
Dr Aileen Moreton-Robinson is a Geonpul woman from Quandamooka (Moreton Bay, Queensland). She is Convenor in Indigenous Studies at the School of Humanities, Griffith University. Her writing has been published in Australian and international anthologies and journals and her book, Talkin’ Up to the White Woman (2000), was the first analysis of Australian feminism from an Indigenous perspective. It remains a classic text and a key Australian contribution to the global debate on gender and race.
Shakira Hussein is the author of From Victims to Suspects: Muslim Women Since 9/11 and a contributor to the anthology #MeToo: Stories from the Australian Movement. She is a research fellow at the University of Melbourne, and has published on topics including racism, gender violence and disability.