A large crowd gathered at Imprints Bookstore on the 10 February to hear Dr Zora Simic, Women’s and Gender Studies at the UNSW, launch this latest book by Professor Emerita Susan Magarey AM, FASSA. Guests included the Vice Chancellor Professor Warren Bebbington and a number of distinguished academic figures from interstate including Professor Lyndall Ryan (Newcastle University), Emeritus Professor Jill Matthews (ANU), and Professor Kim Rubinstein (ANU), Inaugural Director of the ANU Gender Institute.
Professor Magarey, a member of the Fay Gale Centre, has been deeply involved in the development of feminist scholarship in Australia. She was Lecturer-in-charge of the Women’s Studies Program at the Australian National University (1978-83) and the Director of the Research Centre for Women’s Studies at Adelaide University (1983-2000). From 1985 to 2005, she was the Founding Editor of Australian Feminist Studies, now in its thirtieth year.
Dangerous Ideas is a collection of papers and book chapters that Susan Magarey wrote over the decades from the 1970s until the second decade of the twenty-first century. These, interlaced with her reminiscences of the times and circumstances within which the pieces were originally written, amount to a both a mapping of the Women’s Liberation Movement and the growth of Women’s Studies and also what Kim Rubinstein terms as a ‘timely memoir’. Dangerous Ideas is published by the University of Adelaide press and can be freely downloaded here.
An interview with Susan Magarey appears in the Adelaide Review for May 2015.
By Professor Emerita Margaret Allen