To: Vice President and Executive Dean of the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, Members of the Flinders University Council, the Chancellor, and Vice Chancellor

Support Women’s Studies at Flinders University

Support Women’s Studies at Flinders University

Rethink the plans to reconfigure Women’s Studies in consultation with its staff and students.
Support Women’s Studies to flourish by maintaining the strong leadership, experience and expertise that current staff represent.

Why is this important?

The unique qualities that Flinders University can demonstrate stem from our history as an institution with a focus on social justice. This focus is at the core of our local and global reputation and this reputation must be protected and maintained as we move forward into the future. The strength of institutions is in its people and Flinders University is recognised for its forward thinking, world leading, change making academics and students.

Flinders University has been undergoing major changes as part of an ongoing restructure. The next phase is an academic restructure that is proposed to reconfigure teaching and research positions and will consequently change the shape of many disciplines at Flinders University, including Women’s Studies.

Since Women’s Studies was established, more than 30 years ago, it has pioneered intersectional feminist research that has produced innovative work across gender, class, sexuality, race, ethnicity, and global location. This work has filtered through to local and international governments through the community service and consultancy work that the dedicated staff take on. This discipline is an incredible example of academic work that impacts far beyond the classroom.

Women’s Studies consists of three core staff who are recognised internationally and well respected for their research, teaching, and service to Women’s and Gender Studies. The proposed changes to Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences would downgrade the capacity of the hard-working Women’s Studies discipline by removing 2 of the 3 existing positions and adding one less experienced staff member.

We do not believe that this change is a viable model for supporting Women’s Studies to flourish into the future. We ask leadership at Flinders University to rethink changes to Women’s Studies and develop an alternative plan that supports this trail-blazing program to grow into the future. Women’s Studies sends graduates into every corner of the workforce and these graduates represent Flinders University all over the globe. We stand with Women’s Studies and reject any proposal to diminish this essential discipline.

-Flinders WMST Collective, a group of students and alumnus of Women’s Studies at Flinders University

How it will be delivered

Once enough signatures have been obtained, this petition will be sent to the Vice President and Executive Dean of the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences and members of the Flinders University Council for their immediate consideration.

It will be made clear that the petition comes from the broader community in support of Women’s Studies, feminist scholarship, and the important teaching and research that this dedicated unit of staff add to Flinders University.

Reasons for signing

  • Right now we need more not less women's studies. Smash the patriarchy!
  • I am extremely grateful for the Women's Studies teaching program and the research support that I received while I was a Women's Studies student. All three of the staff in Women's Studies are highly regarded in the feminist community and we are lucky to have them at Flinders. They deserve to be treated with respect and recognised for the important work that they do. Let them lead future scholarship and foster it to grow for decades to come.
  • All areas at Flinders University contribute to the whole. There are many students, including international post graduate students, who come to Flinders for Women's Studies.


2018-12-21 13:25:51 +1100

1,000 signatures reached

2018-12-16 07:59:02 +1100

500 signatures reached

2018-12-14 17:28:43 +1100

100 signatures reached

2018-12-14 16:06:57 +1100

50 signatures reached

2018-12-14 15:11:10 +1100

25 signatures reached

2018-12-14 14:45:48 +1100

10 signatures reached