If you have received your #FEAS 2020 Survival Kit: Instructions for Your Embroidery Project

To combat boredom, a small Embroidery Project, has been included in your kit. As part of Contested Spaces, Perth-based feminist artists invite you to be part of a larger conversation responding to the spaces we inhabit, and this now includes our work-home spaces. Watch the video below to see the Contested Spaces exhibition.

The Contested Spaces Exhibition

Watch Lyndall Adams’ instructional video on how to complete your embroidery project. Lyndall will put the uncrafty at ease, as she assures you that ‘messy is okay’ and that this project requires ‘nothing fancy’. 

Lyndall Adams offers embroidery instructions

Business As Usual!Business As Usual!Business As Usual!Business As Usual!

It is no exaggeration that our lives have changed dramatically since the COVID-19 crisis, forcing academics to work from home. Like most disasters, this pandemic has gendered effects. Recent research conducted by Ruomeng Cui, Hao DIng, and Feng Zhu (2020) shows the disproportionate impact that lockdowns have had on research productivity for women in the social sciences. During the 10 weeks after the lockdown in the United States, Cui and colleagues found that although total research productivity increased by 35%, women academics, as compared to men, had their research productivity dropped by 13.9%. So, one of the most visible effects of the pandemic is the gap between men and women widens. An intersectional analysis of COVID and academic work is also urgently needed, and yet, during this crisis, university workplaces are forging forward with a ‘business as usual’ approach.

We are concerned with how everyday sexisms are playing out during the pandemic.  We wonder how women academics located in Victoria might now be experiencing everyday sexisms  as they are forced to juggle research, teaching, administrative work, all while at home, with many having to carry out increased household and caring duties. We also want to consider how everyday sexisms play out  now that the workplace has been brought into our private homes. In regards to challenging everyday sexisms in the workplace, for #FEAS it’s business as usual as we work to interrupt  the notion that we can all carry on ‘as normal’, despite challenging and unequal circumstances One thing is clear, and that is for our Victorian colleagues, who are experiencing a Level 4, 6-week lockdown, a survival kit is necessary during these hard times! 

WHAT IS A #FEAS 2020 SURVIVAL KIT? 

A survival kit is an assembled package of basic tools and supplies needed to survive natural or huMANmade disasters. Most often associated with the US military, survival kits have been around for a while and in various  forms. Although there are different types of survival kits, such as medical kits, military kits, or those found on a lifeboat, the #FEAS SURVIVAL KIT 2020 has been made for our Victorian colleagues who are in lock-down, working from home and taking part in endless Zoom/Teams/Skype meetings, as well as listening to Vice Chancellors and line managers telling them that it is business as usual, AND endure endless updates from research office about research productivity.