Meet the author - Ronli Sifris and Carla Wilshire

Ronli Sifris and Carla Wilshire will be in conversation with Kim Rubenstein on their new books Towards Reproductive Justice and Time to Reboot: Feminism in the Algorithm Age.

The 2022 overturning of Roe v Wade in America sent shockwaves internationally. Ronli Sifris addresses the impact of this decision on Australians and how they might consider their right to safe, protected and accessible abortions in this country. Sifris frames the right to terminate a pregnancy as a human rights issue and in the book she examines the both the legal and policy developments which contribute to the advancement of reproductive rights in Australia and those which detract from this crucial goal.

Ronli Sifris’ work spans the spheres of health law, human rights and gender. Ronli is an Associate Professor in Monash University’s Faculty of Law and Deputy Director of the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law. Her research is predominantly focused on issues at the intersection of women’s reproductive health and the law, including abortion, surrogacy, assisted reproduction and involuntary sterilisation.

In Time to Reboot: Feminism in the Algorithm Age, Carla Wilshire unpacks the uncomfortable parallels between a digital culture we find impossible to resist and the decline of gender equity – questioning whether the digital revolution is killing feminism. The book explores how the algorithms favoured by Big Tech are dramatically recasting our relationships and our personal values, and how AI trained on biased data is generating a new wave of male privilege. It questions whether the technology that is meant to both guide us today and show us the future is, in fact, pushing women backwards—and if so, looks at how we can fix this.

Carla Wilshire OAM is the founding CEO of The Social Policy Group (SPG) and Director of the Centre for Digital Wellbeing, a not-for-profit policy research and design centre focusing on technology’s impact on health, safety and social cohesion in the Australian community. Carla is the co-founder and Deputy Chair of the Migrant and Refugee Health Partnership, and the Judicial Council on Diversity & Inclusion,

Professor Kim Rubenstein, lawyer, academic, author, distinguished human rights advocate, is a champion of equal opportunity and active citizenship. She is a Professor in the Faculty of Business Government and Law at the University of Canberra and an Honorary Professor at the ANU.

The vote of thanks will be given by Professor Penelope Mathew, President and Human Rights Commissioner, ACT Human Rights Commission.

This event is in association withHarry Hartog Bookshop. Books will be available for purchase on the evening in the Cultural Centre foyer. Pre-event book signings will be available from 5.30pm, and available again after the event.


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A podcast will be made available after the event.

Symposium by University House Wine bar (Shop 13, 152 University Avenue, Acton, which is just next to the Kambri cultural centre) will now be open for dining after meet the author events. Food and wine details at No bookings necessary.

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T2, 153 Tangney Rd
Cultural Centre Kambri (ANU Building 153)