FWF 2016: Feminism through Narrative Non-Fiction


This is Podcast #7 at the 1st Feminist Writers Festival 2016; This panel discussion is called Feminism through Narrative Non-Fiction. The panelists are Liz Conor,Serpil Senelmis and Clare Wright. Held on Friday the 26th of August in Melbourne,Australia.This panel attempts to discuss how women are being and need to be written back into history, Australian history.

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What was discussed:

Historians Clare Wright and Liz Conor speak about how they approach history as feminists. What are the challenges and joys of questioning popular understandings of Australian history? Join us for a discussion of the power of narrative nonfiction to shine a spotlight on women otherwise be ignored by the ‘great man’ approach to history.

“print is before radio,our principal medium for building shared understandings and consensus” -Liz Conor

This panel attempts to discuss how women are being and need to be written back into history.

With Left to Right : Clare Wright,Serpil Senelmis and Liz Conor 

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Serpil Senelmis is an Australian broadcaster with Turkish heritage. The West Australian Academy of Performing Arts graduate has worked behind the

microphone, in front of the camera, and behind the scenes of radio and television programs across Australia. Most recently, she’s been presenting The Sunday Sesh, on ABC Local Radio, airing nationally.She’s also Senior Producer of Radio National’s Sunday Extra program. |@soipl

Liz Conor is an ARC future fellow at La Trobe University. She is the author of SkinDeep:Settler Impressions of Aboriginal Women and The Spectacular Modern Woman: Feminine Visibility in the 1920s. She is editor of Aboriginal History anda columnist at New Matilda. Conor is a community activist who has campaigned about media portrayal of rape, maternity leave, native title and guerrilla theatre campaigns Climate Guardian Angels and the John Howard Ladies’ Auxiliary Fanclub. @LizConor


Clare Wright

Associate Professor Clare Wright is an award-winning historian, author and public commentator who has worked in politics, academia and the media.

Clare holds a PhD in Australian Studies from the University of Melbourne and an MA in Public History from Monash University. She is an internationally recognised scholar in the fields of the social history of alcohol and women’s political activism. Her expertise in Australian History covers the gold rush period, 19th and 20th century women’s history, democracy movements, mining history, bushrangers and the liquor industry.

Her best-selling first book, Beyond the Ladies Lounge: Australia’s Female Publicans (MUP 2003, Text Publishing 2014) met with both critical and popular acclaim.

In October 2013, Clare released her much-anticipated second book, The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka (Text Publishing), based on a decade of archival research into women’s role in the Eureka Stockade. The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka won the 2014 Stella Prize . |@clareawright

Eureka Bokk Cover 1Eureka Flag 1Women’s most prominent, albeit anonymous, act of participation was to make the Eureka flag, the iconic Southern Cross. Even that contribution has been downplayed and contested – Did a man design the flag? Might a tent-making firm have manufactured it? – though expert opinion now strongly favours the view that it was the work of women.