2022 Paul Priday Lecture in Gender & Cultural Studies – School of Humanities 2022 Paul Priday Lecture in Gender & Cultural Studies – School of Humanities

man in chair asking about a roof

2022 Paul Priday Lecture in Gender & Cultural Studies

Image by Professor Tess Lea


Attending to detail | research practices in gender & cultural studies


‘What about a roof?’: on the arts of noticing | Professor Tess Lea | Sydney

In this talk, Professor Tess Lea will reflect on what attending to details means, if the aim is to shift conditions of inequality under continuing settler occupation in Australia.


Discussant: Dr Josie Douglas, Wardaman Country | General Manager, Health Services Division – Central Australian Aboriginal Congress


Professor Tess Lea is a Member of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies. Tess is an anthropologist who specialises in the cultural life of policy. Her fundamental interest is with issues of (dys)function: how it occurs and to what, whom and how it is ascribed. Looking at everyday militarisation, extraction industries, houses, infrastructure (e.g. plumbing and roads), schools, and efforts to create culturally congruent forms of employment and enterprise from multiple perspectives, her work asks why the path to realising seemingly straightforward ambitions is so densely obstacled.


About the Paul Priday Lecture in Gender and Cultural Studies

This lecture series is supported by a donation from Carat, a leading global media agency, with whom Dr Paul Priday and Prof Elspeth Probyn collaborated in setting up training sessions for their employees. These sessions, run in 2014 and 2015, included short talks from several staff and postgraduate students in the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies at the University of Sydney, where Paul was undertaking his PhD at the time. In this series in memory of Paul, we hope to host several annual seminars with leading scholars in the broad areas of gender and cultural studies, and consumption – writ large.

Paul was a role model in his work as an “ad man” embodying the opposite of what Madmen represented. As advertising colleagues said, he was a gentleman as well as a stellar creative across many of the top advertising agencies. Like many in the 1960s and 70s, he worked his way up in the industry without having attended university. Lecturing in the Business School and giving guest lectures to a Gender and Cultural Studies class on Consuming Cultures inspired him to go to school. He quickly did a BA Hons at the University of New England, and then joined GCS for his PhD. Elspeth was lucky enough to supervise Paul’s brilliant multi-sited ethnographic research in three multinational ad agencies – in Sydney, Delhi, and Shanghai. His objective was to find out why women rarely featured in the heady ranks of the creatives – a “manspace” par excellence. He graduated with his doctorate in 2016 shortly before his premature death. With this series we honour his research and most especially his work within the Department to harness what he called “the rocket science” of gender studies for debates beyond the university. Paul’s spirit continues to add to our research culture of intellectual generosity and openness.


Hybrid event | In person or via zoom  Limited seating available.  Registration is essential
When | 4 March 2021 at 4:30pm – 5:30pm
Where | Lecture Theatre – Social Sciences Building A02..200 | Zoom
Light refreshments to follow lecture at the Courtyard Café

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The Department of Gender and Cultural Studies is part of the School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry (SOPHI).


Mar 04 2022


4:30 pm - 6:00 pm


Social Sciences Building A02
Science Road, The University of Sydney


Gender and Cultural Studies
+61 2 9351 2759
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