French Australian Conversations - Same sex marriage and gender equality with Maxime Forest [fr]
Senior associate researcher and lecturer at Sciences Po Paris (CEVIPOV), expert in politics of gender equality and anti-discrimination, executive member of the French High Council for Gender Equality, Maxime Forest will be in Australia from February 25 to March 8 for a series of conferences as part of the “ French Australian Conversations”, a program of the French Embassy in partnership with the online media The Conversation.
These conferences will be an opportunity to share French and Australian perspectives on contemporary topics of interest for both countries: institutionalisation of same-sex marriage and LGBT activism.
February 25, 4 pm – 5 pm, Sydney. Carriage works.
Activism and Radicalism from the AIDS Crisis to Today
This conference is also part of the Philippe Mangeot’s tour in Australia, supported by the Embassy and the Institut français. Philippe Mangeot is the coauthor of the movie Beats per minute, presented in the Alliance française Film Festival.
February 27, 6pm – 7:30 pm; Adelaide. BRADLEY FORUM, HAWKE BUILDING, UNISA CITY WEST CAMPUS
Same-sex Marriage and the State: A French-Australian Perspective
Conference in partnership with the University of South Australia and the Alliance Française of Adelaide, with Bronwyn Winter, Professor at the University of Sydney and co-author of the book Global Perspectives on Same Sex Marriage: A Neo Institutional Approach (Palgrave 2017).
Thursday 1st March, 6pm – 7:30pm at University of Melbourne – Old Arts Building
Gender equality policies in research and higher education organizations: contrasting experiences from the EU and the US
Since the late 1990s, strategies have been developed on both sides of the Atlantic to tackle gender biases and inequalities in research and the academia. Those have gone through different paths of institutionalization and milestones, and reveal to be of significantly different outreach. In both cases, these strategies or policies are embedded in much differentiated contexts, depending on supranational (EU), national (US federal level and EU member states) and sub-national (US States or EU regions with legislative capacity) institutional settings. They also vary strongly along with the different governance models of the academia, as well as organizational features specific to certain research disciplines. For all these reasons, experiences accumulated over the past two decades in designing and implementing gender policies in the academia in the US and the EU, practically cover the full scope of institutional settings, challenges and current transformations applying to the academia worldwide. They have brought about failures and successes which are relevant to explore and discuss for designing better, more effective policies having the actual potential to structurally transform research and higher education organizations. Contrasting current trends in the EU and the US, this presentation will emphasize the shift from narrow, isolated policy actions aimed at simply "changing the numbers" of women’s participation in research and the academia, towards holistic, comprehensive and participatory approaches addressing the full spectrum of gender issues, including sexual harassment and gender-based violence, gender-sensitive communication or the gender dimension in curricula and research contents. This presentation will be based on a multi-level experience, as a researcher and policy analysts specialized on gender mainstreaming in the academia, and a policy stakeholder and expert involved in the design, implementation and evaluation of such strategies, at the organization, national and EU-level. The discussion will open to comparisons with recent developments in the case of Australia.
Maxime Forest, PhD, is a senior associate researcher and lecturer at Sciences Po Paris (CEVIPOF). His research interests include the politics of gender equality, anti-discrimination and intersectionality in a comparative perspective. He has authored and co-edited books, chapters and articles and international peer-reviewed journals and publishers. His latest book, co-edited with Bronwyn Winter and Réjane Sénac, was released in December, 2017 in Palgrave’s new Queer Politics series. Global Perspective on Same-Sex Marriage. A neo-institutional approach (Palgrave US, 2017), brings a comparative stance on the institutionalisation of same-sex marriage across the globe. Among his most recent publications, The Politics of Feminist Knowledge Transfer, Gender Training and Gender Expertise, co-edited with Maria Bustelo and Lucy Ferguson (Palgrave, 2016), and The Europeanization of Gender Equality Policies: A Discursive-sociological approach, co-edited with Emanuela Lombardo (Palgrave, 2012). Maxime Forest was appointed an executive member of the French High Council for Gender Equality in 2013 and again in 2016, and is regularly consulted by French and EU institutions on issues relevant to gender equality and anti-discrimination policies.