Visualising Gender Fluidity Presentation Slides

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At Swancon 2016, Will Knox and I gave a presentation on a tool we built as part of the work we do together at Murdoch University, facilitating the Ally program to support students and staff of diverse sexualities and genders. Will and I developed a set of animated powerpoint slides to explain the dynamic, fluid experience of gender, sexuality and emotional relationships. We built this tool, not because we wanted to, but because we couldn’t find another pre-prepared tool that met our needs for the Ally program. We wanted something that actually moved, that wasn’t compartmentalised, and that de-emphasised the importance of assigned-at-birth-sex.

If you’d like to see the slides, they’re available to download: Visualising Gender Fluidity – 5 Slides. They have a Creative Commons licence on them and I’ve also provided abstract for the presentation Will and I gave:

The Murdoch University ALLY Program aims to educate students and staff on issues related to sexuality and gender identity. In 2014, the ALLY training materials were updated to incorporate, amongst other things, a more contemporary understanding of an evolving range of gender identities. We found existing visual models of gender were static, focussing on rigid categories, and didn’t capture the fluidity of the lived experience of identity. Through research into the current models used within the gender variant communities, we designed an animated model of gender performance and identity for use in the ALLY Program. Introduction of the new model into the ALLY professional development program has generated strongly positive feedback from program participants. Jack Bridges and Will Knox, co-facilitators of the ALLY program at Murdoch, will demonstrate the animated gender fluidity model, and talk about their development process.

Aurealis Awards for 2016 have been announced!

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The Aurealis Awards have been announced. The Best SF Novella category was awarded to “By Frogsled and Lizardback to the Outcast Venusian Lepers” by Garth Nix. Congratulations to Garth Nix!

I felt so honoured for “Blood and Ink” just to be short-listed alongside stories by Sean Monaghan and Garth Nix.

Thank you, to the Aurealis Awards committee and judges, for all the work that makes the awards happen. And to Joanna and Kristi, at Prizm Books [now closed], for publishing “Blood and Ink”. when it was outside of their usual genre range.

Attending Swancon for Easter

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I’m going to be at Swancon over Easter, and am on several panels, as well as giving an academic presentation. You can see my schedule below:


Friday 7.30pm – Fans and substance (ab)use:
Where’s the line between our right to hack our bodies to meet our needs, and everyone else’s right to not have a messed up person to deal with? How much can we optimise our body chemistry, with the available tech? These, and other exciting questions will be tackled. Ask us about hangover management, too.

Friday 8.30pm – Romance Panel: It’s Going to Get Weird Edition:
John, Lulu and I get stuck into the odder end of erotica. Are you sure that’s anatomically possible?

Saturday noon – Visualising Gender Fluidity:
Will Knox and I demonstrate the visual tool we built for our work on the Murdoch Uni Ally program, and talk about how we built it.

Monday noon: Is Spy-fic Speculative fic?:
In which I reveal I know a lot about Modesty Blaise.

Monday 2pm: Big Weather:
Predicting a Future Climate: How do SF authors write about climate change?