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Louise Richardson-Self

Lecturer in Philosophy & Gender Studies
School of Humanities

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“I am inspired to pursue research on women's rights as well as the rights of other marginalised groups because of how urgent these issues are.”

Dr Louise Richardson-Self, a Lecturer in Philosophy and Gender Studies in the School of Humanities, is working on an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Award examining why women are victims of frequent online hate speech in the ordinary cyberspaces that we now frequent.

As misogyny continues to spread to new areas of social engagement, Dr Richardson-Self’s research has found that there is an evolving “degree of cultural tolerance for gendered slurs to the extent that many would not ever consider them to be instances of hate speech”.

“I want to understand where this ignorance and tolerance comes from and I want to know what it will take for women’s cybersafety to be prioritised on a broader cultural level,” she said.

“Many of us have experienced the kind of abuse I am tracking, the type of abuse that is sometimes extremely vulgar, sometimes subtle, sometimes veiled, sometimes overt, but always hostile. However, copping abuse for no other reason than that you are a woman is fundamentally wrong.

“It can be tempting to believe that prejudice against women has been eliminated from our society but unfortunately, this is not true.”

Philosophy has formed the framework in which Dr Richardson-Self analyses complex problems. “To me, philosophy is not just about trying to find the most logical answer, it’s about learning to see a problem from all of its angles, especially when the answer to the problem is not always obvious.”

By combining her Philosophy background and her extensive knowledge of Gender Studies, Dr Richardson-Self is applying a new way of thinking to pertinent modern issues.

“I hope that my research will demonstrate that we need a broader conception of what ‘cybersecurity’ is, encourage societies like mine to take up this broader understanding, and illustrate the ways that women’s cybersecurity is damaged via misogynistic hate speech.”

While Dr Richardson-Self’s research will contribute to a broad feminist project of undercutting institutionalised sexism, she sees the impact of her research being primarily educational.

“What inspires me to teach is that very same spark of curiosity that drew me to both Gender Studies and Philosophy, and the responsibility of providing students with the tools they need to fundamentally understand the world around them.”

Aside from her teaching, Dr Richardson-Self’s career highlights include winning the Australasian Association of Philosophy's Annette Baier Prize in 2019 (an annual prize for an outstanding philosophical paper or book chapter published by an Australasian woman), and winning the Australian Academy of the Humanities Max Crawford Medal, which is Australia’s most prestigious award for achievement and promise in the Humanities) in 2016.

Louise joined the University of Tasmania as a Lecturer in Philosophy and Gender Studies in the School of Humanities in July 2015, and teaches into both the Philosophy and Gender Studies majors.

Biography

Louise graduated with her PhD in Philosophy from the University of Sydney in 2014, and was a Research Affiliate with the University of Sydney and Lecturer in philosophy at the University of Wollongong from 2014-2015, before joining the University of Tasmania in 2015.

Louise’s research has been recognised and supported in many ways. In 2016, she was awarded the prestigious Max Crawford Medal by the Australian Academy of the Humanities for her research and public outreach on the issue of marriage equality.

In 2017, she was a Residential Fellow of the Humility and Conviction in Public Life project, hosted by the University of Connecticut, given her research on the issue of ‘hate speech’.

In 2019, Louise was awarded a Discovery Early Career Researcher Award from the Australian Research Council to pursue her project, entitled Hate Speech Against Women Online: Concepts and Countermeasures, with a forthcoming book by the same name due to be published in 2021. In this same year, she was also awarded the Australasian Association of Philosophy’s Annette Baier Prize for her article “Offending White Men: Racial Vilification, Misrecognition, and Epistemic Injustice”.

In 2020 Louise was also part of a team to be successfully funded by the ARC for a Discovery Project entitled Religious Freedom, LGBT+ Employees, and the Right to Discriminate.

She currently serves on the Australasian Association of Philosophy’s ‘Status of Women in the Philosophy Profession’ committee.

Her undergraduate and Honours studies were undertaken in Philosophy & Gender Studies at the University of Tasmania (2006-2009).

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Expertise

  • Feminist Theory
  • Social Philosophy
  • Political Philosophy
  • LGBTIQ Issues
  • Social Imaginaries theory

Research Themes

Louise is an intersectional feminist philosopher.

She is currently involved in two major research projects. The first investigates the problem of hate speech against women online. The second involves a team of researchers in sociology, criminology, and law, and investigates the compatibility of LGBTIQ rights to non-discrimination and the contemporary push to secure religious freedom.

She is currently contracted to write her second book, Hate Speech Against Women Online: Concepts and Countermeasures, with Rowman & Littlefield International’s ‘Social Imaginaries’ series. She is also the author of Justifying Same-Sex Marriage: A Philosophical Investigation (Rowman & Littlefield Intl. 2015).

Louise is also interested in: rights (especially human rights), free speech and censorship, French feminisms, the metaphysics of sex and gender, recognition theory, social epistemology (especially the problem of willful ignorance), and the limits of tolerance as a public virtue.

Fields of Research

  • Feminist theory (440503)
  • Social and political philosophy (500321)
  • Social change (441004)

Research Objectives

  • Social ethics (130304)

Publications

Total publications

21

Highlighted publications

(4 outputs)
YearTypeCitationAltmetrics
2018Journal ArticleRichardson-Self L, 'Woman-hating: On misogyny, sexism, and hate speech', Hypatia, 33, (2) pp. 256-272. ISSN 0887-5367 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/hypa.12398 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 18Web of Science - 15

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2018Journal ArticleRichardson-Self L, 'Offending white men: racial vilification, misrecognition, and epistemic injustice', Feminist Philosophy Quarterly, 4, (4) Article 4. ISSN 2371-2570 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.5206/fpq/2018.4.6234 [eCite] [Details]

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2015BookRichardson-Self LV, 'Justifying Same-Sex Marriage: A Philosophical Investigation', Rowman and Littlefield, London, pp. 192. ISBN 9781783483211 (2015) [Authored Research Book]

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2012Journal ArticleRichardson-Self LV, 'Questioning the Goal of Same-Sex Marriage', Australian Feminist Studies, 27, (72) pp. 205-219. ISSN 1465-3303 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/08164649.2012.678572 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 1

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Journal Article

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2020Cross B, Richardson-Self L, ''Offensiphobia' is a red herring: on the problem of censorship and academic freedom', The Journal of Ethics, 24 pp. 31-54. ISSN 1382-4554 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s10892-019-09308-z [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3

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2020Richardson-Self L, ''There are only two genders - male and female...': an analysis of online responses to Tasmania removing 'gender' from birth certificates', International Journal of Sexuality and Gender Studies, 1, (1) pp. 295-322. ISSN 1566-1768 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.19164/ijgsl.v1i1.995 [eCite] [Details]

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2019Richardson-Self L, 'Reflections on imagination and embodiment in the work of Moira Gatens, 1983-2008', Parrhesia, 30 pp. 29-47. ISSN 1834-3287 (2019) [Refereed Article]

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2019Richardson-Self L, 'Cis-hetero-misogyny online', Ethical Theory and Moral Practice: An International Forum, 22, (3) pp. 573-587. ISSN 1386-2820 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s10677-019-10019-5 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2

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2018Richardson-Self L, 'Woman-hating: On misogyny, sexism, and hate speech', Hypatia, 33, (2) pp. 256-272. ISSN 0887-5367 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/hypa.12398 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 18Web of Science - 15

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2018Richardson-Self L, 'Same-Sex Marriage and the 'No' Campaign', Humanities Australia, 9 pp. 32-39. ISSN 1837-8064 (2018) [Non Refereed Article]

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2018Richardson-Self L, 'Offending white men: racial vilification, misrecognition, and epistemic injustice', Feminist Philosophy Quarterly, 4, (4) Article 4. ISSN 2371-2570 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.5206/fpq/2018.4.6234 [eCite] [Details]

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2015Richardson-Self L, 'Reporting on LGBTIAQ Politics Some Strategies for Journalists', Asia Pacific Media Educator, 25, (2) pp. 171-181. ISSN 1326-365X (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1177/1326365X15604252 [eCite] [Details]

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2014Richardson-Self LV, 'Same-Sex Marriage: Zero Tolerance', Parrhesia: a journal of critical philosophy, 21 pp. 113-124. ISSN 1834-3287 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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2014Richardson-Self LV, 'Same-sex marriage: The road to social justice?', Australian Review of Public Affairs, (May, 2014) pp. 1-9. ISSN 1832-1526 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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2012Richardson-Self LV, 'Questioning the Goal of Same-Sex Marriage', Australian Feminist Studies, 27, (72) pp. 205-219. ISSN 1465-3303 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/08164649.2012.678572 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 1

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2012Richardson-Self LV, 'Coming Out and Fitting In: Same-Sex Marriage and the Politics of Difference', M/C Journal; A Journal of Media and Culture, 15, (6) pp. 1-8. ISSN 1441-2616 (2012) [Refereed Article]

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Book

(2 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2021Richardson-Self L, 'Hate Speech Against Women Online: Concepts and Countermeasures', Rowman & Littlefield Publishers ISBN 9781538147795 (In Press) [Authored Research Book]

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2015Richardson-Self LV, 'Justifying Same-Sex Marriage: A Philosophical Investigation', Rowman and Littlefield, London, pp. 192. ISBN 9781783483211 (2015) [Authored Research Book]

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Chapter in Book

(2 outputs)
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2020Richardson-Self L, Fielder B, Ezzy D, 'The aftermath of marriage equality in Australia: Religious freedom and LGBTQ+ non-discrimination', Same-Sex Relationships, Law and Social Change, Routledge, F Hamilton and G Noto La Diega (ed), UK, pp. 91-108. ISBN 9780429021589 (2020) [Research Book Chapter]

DOI: 10.4324/9780429021589 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Fielder B; Ezzy D

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2014Richardson-Self LV, 'Irigarayan Insights on the Problem of LGBT Inequality', Everyday Feminist Research Praxis: Doing Gender in the Netherlands, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Domitilla Olivieri, Koen Leurs (ed), Newcastle upon Tyne, pp. 40-55. ISBN 978-1-4438-6011-6 (2014) [Research Book Chapter]

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Review

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2017Richardson-Self L, 'Transatlantic feminisms: Women and gender studies in Africa and the diaspora', Emotion, Space and Society, 23 pp. 54-55. ISSN 1755-4586 (2017) [Review Single Work]

DOI: 10.1016/j.emospa.2017.05.004 [eCite] [Details]

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Other Public Output

(4 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2021Richardson-Self L, 'He said, she said: Investigating the Christian Porter Case', The Ethics Centre, Australia, 10 March (2021) [Magazine Article]

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2020Richardson-Self L, 'Leigh Sales showed us the abuse women cop online. When are we going to stop tolerating misogyny?', The Conversation, Australia, 30 July (2020) [Magazine Article]

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2019Richardson-Self L, Robinson S, 'Patriarchy and gender in the Australian imaginary', Archer, Archer Magazine, Australia, 13 December (2019) [Media Interview]

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2016Richardson-Self L, 'Who really benefits from freedom of speech?', The Conversation, Australia, 8 March (2016) [Magazine Article]

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Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants

4

Total funding

$984,899

Projects

Religious freedom, LGBT+ employees, and the right to discriminate. (2020 - 2022)$575,000
Description
The project will contribute to Australias national interest through identifying effective Australian policies andpractices for managing religious freedom and LGBT+ rights in the workplace. This addresses a pressing contemporary social and cultural issue. In the medium to longer term, the research will provide economic and social benefits through identifying ways in which religious freedom and LGBT+ rights can be successfully negotiated in the workplace so as to inform institutional decision-making and public dialogue. Our comparative research will place Australia in the context of other modern democracies responses to religious freedom and LGBT+ rights. The research will enhance the international visibility of uniquely Australian solutions to these complex issues.
Funding
Australian Research Council ($575,000)
Scheme
Grant-Discovery Projects
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Ezzy D; Rice S; Dwyer AE; Richardson-Self LV; Beaman L
Period
2020 - 2022
Grant Reference
DP200100395
Hate Speech against Women Online (2019 - 2021)$390,478
Description
Women are subjected to many forms of attack online. This project aims to theorise online gendered hate speechagainst women, using a powerful emerging conceptual framework: social imaginaries. Expected outcomes includenew understandings of a salient social issue, and nuanced evaluations of legal and extra-legal responses: whichcan be justified, and which are most effective? Also expected are substantial benefits to scholarship at theintersection of four domains: hate speech theory, feminist philosophy, the social imaginaries literature, and theonline misogyny literature. The project promises enduring international and national benefits, serving Australiassocial and cultural commitment to womens equality and to improved cybersecurity.
Funding
Australian Research Council ($390,478)
Scheme
Fellowship-Discovery Early Career Researcher Award
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Richardson-Self LV
Period
2019 - 2021
Grant Reference
DE190100719
Religious freedom and same-sex discrimination; The experience of same-sex attracted workers in government funded faith based social service providers (2018)$16,016
Description
The project examines the experience of same-sex attracted workers in government funded faith based social service providers, such as social welfare organisations and schools.
Funding
University of Tasmania ($16,016)
Scheme
Grant-CAL Hothouse Research Enhancement Program
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Ezzy D; Dwyer AE; Richardson-Self LV; Hilkemeijer A; Fielder B
Year
2018
Hate Speech 2.0: Vilification in the Digital Age (2017)$3,405
Description
This project scopes a research design for proposing a new definition of hate speech, encompassing cyberhate.
Funding
University of Tasmania ($3,405)
Scheme
Grant-CAL Hothouse Research Enhancement Program
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Richardson-Self LV
Year
2017

Research Supervision

Current

4

Completed

1

Current

DegreeTitleCommenced
PhDResponses to Roadkill: Emotion, culture, action2018
PhDA PostJungian/Psychoanalytic Feminist Critique of Contemporary Domestic Noir Fiction2019
PhDReligious Freedom and same-sex discrimination2020
PhDThe Research Project will Examine Accounts of the Relationship Between Time and Temporality and Subjectivity from the Phenomenological and Existential Tradition, Asking along the Way: What kinds of temporal logics dominate these accounts, and which are marginalised, and why?2021

Completed

DegreeTitleCompleted
PhDCreating an Ethics of Sexuate Difference: Looking at the philosophies of Luce Irigaray and Hannah Arendt together in order to develop new foundations for the future of feminist theory
Candidate: Nadine Sjoukje Picone
2019