Finding Nevo/Ironbark

Community, Gender and Identity

Jay Carmichael + Nevo Zisin

The Edge, State Library of Queensland

Culture/Social Equity



#About the event


Jay Carmichael

Jay Carmichael

Jay Carmichael is a writer and editor. His first novel, Ironbark, was shortlisted for the Victorian Premier’s Award for an Unpublished Manuscript in 2016. His writing has been published by beyondblue and appeared widely in print and online, including in Overland, The Guardian, SBS, and The Telling Tree project.

Jay lives and works in Melbourne.

Nevo Zisin

Nevo Zisin

Nevo Zisin (they/them) is a queer, non-binary, Jewish writer, performer, activist and public speaker based in Naarm/ Melbourne. They run workshops in schools and professional development trainings in workplaces around transgender identities. Author of award-winning Finding Nevo (2017), a memoir on gender transition and The Pronoun Lowdown (2021) a useful guidebook on all things related to pronouns.

Their work has appeared in The Saturday Paper, NGV Magazine, Archer Magazine, Junkee, Kindred: A Queer Australian Young Adult Anthology, SBS, Hack Live and The Morning Show amongst others.

They are a mentor for The Pinnacle Foundation, one of Out for Australia's 30 Under 30 for 2019, an ambassador for both Wear It Purple and the Victorian Pride Centre as well as a member of the Gender Euphoria cast - Australia's largest all trans & gender diverse show on a main stage.


Laura Roberts

Laura Roberts received her PhD in Philosophy from The University of Queensland, Australia, where she currently teaches Gender Studies and Philosophy. Although she now resides in Australia, Laura was born and raised in South Africa and began her undergraduate studies in Drama and Philosophy at The University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa. Her research interests emerge from the field of post-colonial/decolonial theory and feminist philosophy, particularly the work of Luce Irigaray and Gayatri Spivak.

Laura is currently finalising her monograph, Luce Irigaray and Politics, forthcoming with Edinburgh University Press (2018), in which she explores the question of the political in Luce Irigaray’s philosophy of sexuate difference. Her new research question(s), evolving out of her work in this book and time spent in Barcelona, explore the links between feminist theory and the feminisation of politics in the new international municipalist movement, with a particular focus on the strategies and policies of Barcelona en Comú.

Laura is co-director of The Irigaray Circle ( and is a founding member of the community-based Queensland School of Continental Philosophy ( that seeks to bring philosophical and political conversations back into the wider community.

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