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DERC Brown Bag Lunchtime Seminar Dr Son Vivienne & Dr Lutfiye Ali

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Dr Son Vivienne & Dr Lutfiye Ali each introduce their current research for the next in DERC's Brown Bag Lunchtime Seminar Series.

Son Vivienne is a Lecturer and Researcher in Digital Media at RMIT. Son is also involved in community development and arts as an activist and media-maker. Their principal expertise is digital self-representation, online activism, queer identity, and rhetorical strategies/feminist practices for speaking and listening across difference. Their work on digital storytelling is published as Digital Identity and Everyday Activism: Sharing Private Stories with Networked Publics (Palgrave, 2016). Son curates several collective storytelling websites for queer (www.rainbowfamilytree.com) and gender-diverse (www.storiesbeyondgender.com) communities and has over twenty years of multi-media production and distribution experience. For more info visit Son’s website: www.incitestories.com.au

Non-binary gender identities pose a problem for international provision of education, health services and citizenship, and yet gender-diverse stories proliferate in a multitude of online spaces and are increasingly visible in mainstream media. Could the co-incidence of new ‘beyond-dualistic’ ways of being neither wholly male/female and online/offline, spell an end to finite and binary ways of being and doing gender? In this presentation Son Vivienne presents an overview of ongoing research that examines the intersections between emergent gender categories and fluid, multiple digital identities. This pilot project engages discrete groups of young gender-diverse people, their parents, educators, health providers and policy makers, in short creative workshops, where they each produce a pseudonymous, ‘ungendered’ selfie. These fragments of self will be curated in an online archive/website and exhibition later this year at RMIT. Their images and reflections will be used as prompts at a Symposium in which we unpack the many ways we may like to be categorised and archived in more formal institutions of governance, education and citizenship.





Join Lutfiye for an informal presentation and conversations relating to identity, oppression and power arising from the intersections of our social identities. To facilitate this process, Lutfiye will draw on her personal narratives to contextualise and surface relations of power in her personal journey to academic and community-based research. More specifically, she will discuss the challenges of turning a gendered analytical lens onto her own identity and Muslim communities in an anti-Islamic context.

Lutfiye Ali (PhD, BA (Hons.) VicMelb) is a Research Fellow at the Digital Ethnography Research Centre. She is working on an ARC project titled ‘Interfaith Arts, community and belonging at with Prof. Anna Hickey-Moody. Her areas of research interest include social identity, community making and belonging among racialised and ethnicised identities. These sit within the context of Australian multicultural social relations, informed by current and historical global relations of power. A major focus of her research explores the complexity and the diverse ways in which identity among Muslim women, migrant and second generation Australians are negotiated at the intersections of gender, culture, religion and race. This research draws on Third World and postmodern feminist theories.


Image: Son Vivienne (left), Lutfiye Ali (right)

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