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The invaded/invading body: putting culture and context centre stage

Starts: 5 July 2013

Invaded body

Friday 5th July 2013, 10.00am - 5.00pm
Aberdare Hall, Cardiff University,
 Corbett Road, Cardiff  



There has been an increasing recognition, across the social sciences, of how sexual violence mediates the ways in which children and young people experience their bodies and relationship cultures. However, existing resources, responses and guidance often tend to isolate experiences of sexual violence, through individualising (e.g. the bullying literature), generalising (e.g. the sexualisation literature) or marginalising the phenomenon in ways that neglect the wider sociological context of social power relations (e.g. the child protection literature).

This seminar foregrounds culture, context and relationality in understanding young people's experience of sexual violence. From these situated beginnings, each presentation will draw upon a range of theories (e.g. queer, new materialist, psycho-social) to explore how power flows in, on and between bodies in ways that control and regulate, shame and pathologise, invade and hurt. Thinking about bodies as  'invaded' and 'invading' at the physical, discursive, symbolic and affective level is perhaps a starting point to help us reconfigure what counts as sexual violence and  how such reconfigurations can inform future policy and practice in this field.  Collectively, the presentations will thus complicate commonly held assumptions embedded in sexual bullying, sexual health, sex education and wider debates in child protection.

Please visit the Seminar website for information about the speakers and abstracts and to view the programme



Sexual violence: culture, context and discourses of 'love' in young people's intimate relationships

Christine Barter (University of Bristol, UK)

Shamed, ‘tagged’, and ‘exposed’: Gendered morality in the discursive construction of feminine and masculine sexting subjects

Jessica Ringrose, Institute of Education, University of London, UK
Amy Shields Dobson, Monash University, Australia
Laura Harvey, Brunel University, UK

Accountability, Responsibility and Virtue: Young people encountering transphobia in Australia and Aotearoa/New Zealand High Schools

Mary Lou Rasmussen, Monash University.

Queering the power plays in young children's gendered and sexual cultures

Naomi Holford, Open University
Emma Renold, Cardiff University 



Roundtable 1 (Policy)

Sarah Oerton, Glamorgan University.

Roundtable 2 (Practice)

Amy Phillips, Aberdare Boys School, Rhondda Cynon Taff

Annie Tianitanzi, Roath Park Primary School, Cardiff

Siriol Burford, Ysgol y Cymer Rhondda, Porth, 

Rhondda Cynon Taff.

Roundtable 3 (Professional development) 

Jan Pickles (NSPCC, Wales)



For more information about the event please contact Emma Renold using the details below.

Telephone: 029 208 76139


Other information

Open To: Staff and Students


Sponsored by: Sexualities & Gender Research Group