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Nevo Zisin + Fr Rod Bower

Red Box, State Library of Queensland

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Nevo Zisin

Nevo Zisin

Nevo is a Jewish, Queer, non-binary activist, public speaker and author of Finding Nevo, a memoir on gender transition. They run workshops and professional development in schools and workplaces around gender inclusivity. They have appeared on television, documentaries and radio discussing their complex relationship with gender.

Nevo is a contact point in the Jewish community for other children and families confronting issues of gender and sexuality in their own lives. They have appeared on SBS Insight, Hack Live, One Plus One, The Morning Show and have spoken at The Wheeler Centre, Melbourne Writers Festival, and smaller festivals around the country.

Fr Rod Bower

Fr Rod Bower

The venerable Rod Bower is an Anglican priest, Rector of Gosford where he has served for 16 years and Archdeacon of the Central Coast. 

Fr. Rod is a passionate advocate for a number of social justice and human rights issues. He believes that our treatment of Asylum Seekers, the lack of action on climate change and the failure to adequately recognize First Nations people damages our corporate soul. It has been said the he takes “a hard line on compassion”, he is committed to building social and cultural capital and contributing to the evolution of an Australia where there is respect, peace and harmony. 

#Moderator

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 (irigaray.org) and is a founding member of the community-based Queensland School of Continental Philosophy (https://www.qldscp.org) that seeks to bring philosophical and political conversations back into the wider community.


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