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GOMA Talks Sex and science | What's the gender question?

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Published on Jun 26, 2012

GOMA Talks Sex and science | What's the gender question?

GOMA Talks, presented in partnership with ABC Radio National, explores contemporary ideas and issues from a range of perspectives with special guest panellists. During 'Contemporary Australia: Women', GOMA Talks tackles some of the most topical questions about contemporary Australia, from national identity and business to sexuality and science. ABC Radio National hosts Sarah Kanowski (Weekend Arts), Natasha Mitchell (Life Matters), Geraldine Doogue, AO (Saturday Extra) and Fenella Kernebone (By Design) lead all-female guest panels during these entertaining evening discussions.

Taking up discussion about sexuality, contemporary culture and science to explore whether gender difference is all in the mind.

Host, Natasha Mitchell
Natasha Mitchell is the presenter of ABC Radio National's Life Matters program and is the current vice president of the World Federation of Science Journalists. Her work has been recognized with four Gold World Medals and the overall Grand Prize at the New York Radio Festivals, four Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Broadcast Media Awards, the Yooralla Broadcast Media Award, and the Australasian Association of Philosophy Media Professionals' Award, among others. She was finalist for two Human Rights Awards.

Cordelia Fine
Dr Cordelia Fine is an academic psychologist and author. Her latest book, Delusions of Gender: The Real Science Behind Sex Differences (2010), short-listed for the 2011 Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Non-Fiction, 2011 Best Book of Ideas Prize, and the 2010 John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, takes aim at the various scientific and popular culture assumptions about gender differences based on biology. Fine's first book, A Mind of Its Own: How Your Brain Distorts and Deceives (2006), was one of twelve books considered for the UK Royal Society Science prize in 2007. Fine is a regular contributor to popular media, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Australian and The Monthly. She is currently an ARC Future Fellow in Psychological Sciences and Associate Professor at the Melbourne Business School, University of Melbourne.

Emily Maguire
Emily Maguire is the author of novels including Smoke in the Room (2009), The Gospel According to Luke (2006) and the international bestseller Taming the Beast (2004). Her articles and essays on sex, feminism, religion, culture and literature have been published widely, including in The Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian, The Observer and The Age. In 2007, the Women's Electoral Lobby awarded Maguire the Edna Ryan Award (Media Category) for her writing about women's issues. Maguire's book Princesses and Pornstars: Sex, Power, Identify (2008) was reworked in 2010 for a young adult audience and published as Your Skirt's Too Short: Sex, Power, Choice drawing on her adolescence and the experiences faced by teens today.

Christina Lee
Christina Lee is Professor of Health Psychology at The University of Queensland and Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Behavioural Medicine. She is an Investigator on several studies, including the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health, a landmark 20-year study which began in 1995 to identify trends in women's health, following three cohorts of women (young, middle and older) across key stages in their lives, with a particular research focus on the wellbeing of young people and emerging adults. Lee is the author of Women's Health: Psychological and Social Perspectives (1998) and co-author of The Psychology of Men's Health (2002).

Amanda Third
Amanda Third is Senior Lecturer in the School of Humanities and Communication Arts and the Institute of Culture and Society at the University of Western Sydney. She has published extensively on feminism, terrorism and political radicalism in journals such as Parallax, Hecate and Current Issues in Criminal Justice. She has recently completed a manuscript on popular cultural representations of female terrorists, which discusses how second wave feminism was 'cross-wired' with terrorism within the United States popular imagination in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Third also researches young people's use of online and networked technologies, including leading the ARC Linkage project 'Young People, Technology and Wellbeing Research Facility', and is Research Program Leader of the federally funded Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre, which investigates ways to leverage young people's technology use to support their mental health and wellbeing.

Contemporary Australia: Women | 21 April -- 22 July 2012 | Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) | Free admission | http://qagoma.qld.gov.au/exhibitions/...

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