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Genders & Sexualities Thematic Group

Convener Bios

Dr Kythera Watson-Bonnice completed her B.A., B.A.(Hons) and Ph.D. at Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne. She has been teaching for more than 9 years in various Sociology units, both online and on campus. Kythera’s areas of research interest include gender, gender and sport, women and work, feminism and information technologies. Her current research focuses on femininities and non-dominant forms of female gender expression in heterosexual cis women.

Dr Karla Elliott is a Research Fellow – Gender, Violence, and Social Inequalities, at the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, The University of Melbourne. Her research primarily investigates gender, men and masculinities, gendered and family violence, young people, and social inequalities. He recent projects include an investigation of men’s ‘risky’ drinking practices (with the School of Social Sciences Monash University, Turning Point and VicHealth), a study on Adolescent Family Violence in Victoria (with Monash Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre), and an evaluation of community based initiatives for the prevention of family violence in migrant and refugee communities (with the Centre for Health Equity, University of Melbourne).

Barrie Shannon is a PhD candidate and casual academic currently based at the University of Newcastle, NSW, completing their thesis while teaching sociology and social science subjects at undergraduate and enabling levels. Their current research concerns the narratives and experiences of transgender and gender diverse young people as they relate to both formal and informal sex education. Barrie’s broader research interests include social media, online counterpublics and community building, online gaming communities, education policy, enabling education and mental health and wellbeing in academia. Barrie has published their work in peer-reviewed journals and edited collections. In their spare time, Barrie prefers to retreat entirely into cooking, video games and TV.

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Group Conveners:

Kythera Watson-Bonnice
Swinburne University

Karla Elliott
University of Melbourne

Barrie Shannon
University of Newcastle

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