3rd Annual FemSoc Feminist Conference

3rd Annual FemSoc “That’s What She Said” Feminist Conference

17-18 September 2016
9:00am – 4:00pm
University of Canterbury’s Ilam Campus
Kirkwood Village, KD block


At-the-door registrations available – come on over to Kirkwood today! (Or if you’d like to use a card, you can still use EventBrite registration).

Registration fees are on a sliding scale (gold coin and up) and include vegan morning and afternoon teas, lunches, and childcare (if needed). FemSoc Conference Poster

If you would just like to pop in to listen to one or two papers, you don’t need to register (but you are welcome to make a small donation!).

Conference Information

The full Conference Program with abstracts is now available. Hard-copy programs will be provided to attendees at registration.

The theme is “Raising Our Voices”. To raise one’s voice means to ‘talk louder, either to be heard more clearly or in anger’ (Dictionary.com 2002). We seek to create a space for raising our voices against sexism and discrimination and celebrating feminist scholarship. Our voices have the power to educate and break the silence around issues that impact us on a daily basis.

This is a green conference, so we encourage you to bring your own reusable coffee mug and water bottle to save on disposable items.

Note: Attendees from outside the University of Canterbury and/or Christchurch area are welcome!

Social Media

You can follow along either at the conference or from afar on social media with hashtag #UCFemSoc16.

Location On Campus

The conference will be held in the Kirkwood Village KD block, which is across the river (over a small foot bridge) from the main campus buildings (see map). Parking is free on campus on weekends. There is a small car park near Kirkwood (Rec Centre Car Park) or a large one near the Law building (Law Car Park). [Link to University of Canterbury campus map]

Kirkwood Village KD block is starred. The nearest car park is the Rec Centre Car Park, which you enter off of Kirkwood Avenue.

Kirkwood Village KD block is starred. The nearest car park is the Rec Centre Car Park, which you access off of Kirkwood Avenue.


Rec Centre Car Park entrance

This is the entrance to the Rec Centre Car Park off of Kirkwood Avenue.



Finding accommodation in Christchurch can be challenging post-quake. The University of Canterbury is located in the suburb of Ilam, a 10-15 minute drive from the airport. There are many hotels in the Riccarton area, which is a nearby suburb (see map below). Most hostels are in the city centre, which is a 10-15 minute drive to campus.

Here are some links to hostels, including some with shared rooms (incl. female-only) for around $50-70 a night (these are not an endorsement):

Both YHA hostels are listed as family-friendly on the Family Accommodation NZ site.


The bus system is Christchurch Metro with one-way cash fare of $4.00 (airport trip is $8.50). Parking on the university campus is free on weekends.


Christchurch map