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Gender and sexualities research group - seminar series 2014

Starts: 8 January 2014
Ends:  11 July 2014

Wednesday 8th January, 1-2 (joint with childhood and youth research group, room -1.31, Glamorgan Building)

Speaker: Professor Emma Renold (SOCSI)

“We pretended to be cousins/I need a boyfriend to protect me”: exploring the diversity of children’s talk about young boyfriend-girlfriend cultures

Further info: This presentation will reflect on some of the key findings from a recently completed research project, “Girls and boys speak out: a qualitative study of children’s gender and sexual cultures (age 10-12)”. This was an exploratory research study to inform the National Assembly for Wales' Cross-Party Group on Children, Sexuality, Sexualisation and Equalities.

Wednesday 29th January, 1-2 (room -1.31, Glamorgan Building)

Speaker: Dr. Alison Parken (SOCSI)

Equal Pay: The job's not done!

Further info: This seminar will look at the gendered structuring of the labour market and the consequence of this on gender pay disparities in Wales. It will be based on research being undertaken in the WAVE project.

Wednesday 26th February, 1-2.30 (room -1.31, Glamorgan Building)

Speakers: Helen Smith, Jordanne Sims, Gianna Tomassi, Elinor Beynon.

From women’s roller-derby to sexism on campus: socsi undergraduates present their gender and sexuality research

Further info: This session invites dissertation students focusing on gender and/or sexuality to share their research findings with the sexualities and gender research group. The session will be open to any second year students interested in pursuing a third year dissertation topic with gender/sexuality as a central focus.

Wednesday 26th March, 12-2.00 (room -1.31, Glamorgan Building)

Symposium: Researching sexuality and violence: inter-disciplinary encounters

Speakers: Dr. Amanda Kidd, Sion Tetlow and Dr. Garthine Walker


'Rape, Desire and Culpability in England and Wales, c.1500-c.1800'

(Dr. Garthine Walker, Cardiff School of History, Archaeology & Religion)


Grooming the 'Beauty Girl'; Symbolic violence in and outside the beauty therapy training salon

(Dr. Amanda Kidd, Research Associate, SOCSI)

Wednesday 30th April 1-2 (room -1.31, Glamorgan Building)

Symposium: Men, masculinities and sexualities: intersections and difference

Speakers: Heather Panter, Victoria Silverwood, Steve Meredith (TBC) (PhD Students, SOCSI),

Wednesday 28th May 1-2 (room -1.31, Glamorgan Building)

Symposium: Theoretical knots: researching gender and sexual subjectivities

Speakers: Ian Thomas, Josie Austin and Jennie Smith (Phd Students, SOCSI)

Wednesday 25th June: 1-2.30 (room -1.31, Glamorgan Building)

The Politics of Children's Fashion: girls and their 'troublesome' bodies

Speaker: Dr. Jane Pilcher (University of Leicester)

Further info: In this paper, I explore aspects of the contemporary politics of children’s fashions. I use examples of controversies, campaigns, official reports and policy outcomes from several countries, including, in the UK, the Bailey Review (2011).  Drawing from a UK study, I also present data on children’s views on fashion trends, on the negotiations that take place between mothers and daughters aged 12 and under as to what gets bought and where its worn. I show that whilst concern about the ‘sexualisation of childhood’ is core to the contemporary politics of children’s fashions, girls themselves give a range of contingent and contradictory meanings for their interest in ‘contested’ clothing, and they also disclose anxieties about and disapproval of 'showing the body' through the wearing of 'revealing’ clothing. It is necessary, then, to differentiate carefully between adults’ views as to the ‘sexualization’ of children’s bodies through clothing fashions, and the experiences and understandings of children themselves. Finally, I argue that, revealing as it is about dominant conceptualizations of childhood, sexuality and intergenerational relations, the recent politics of children’s fashions also needs to be recognised as fundamentally gendered. Within the politics of children’s fashions, as in other areas of social and cultural life, both historically and contemporaneously, it is girls and their ‘troublesome bodies’ (Smart 1995) that are constructed as especially problematic.

Friday  11th July

DAY CONFERENCE: Girls and Boys Speak Out: bodies, media and relationship

Venue: University Hall

Time: 9.30-3.30


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