Call for Papers

Youth Sexualities: Call for Papers

A one-day conference in collaboration with the Centre for Sex, Gender and Sexuality, Durham University and the BSA Youth Study Group

Friday 18th October, 2013

St Aidan’s College, Durham University

Debates about youth sexualities in popular culture tend to be fixated on crisis. Whether it concerns the sexualisation of young girls, fears around paedophilia or the supposed epidemic of homophobic bullying in schools, evidence-based discussion and analysis regarding youth sexualities seem to be sacrificed on the altar of moral panic. While the academy has been a venue for the examination of these issues, it too is frequently focussed on issues of crisis, often failing to recognise positive social change.

Youth Sexualities is a one-day multi-disciplinary conference that seeks to explore the diversity and plurality of young people’s experiences of sexuality. Papers are sought on all aspects of young people’s lives, their sexualities and the intersection of youth and sexualities, broadly conceived. Papers that push topical or disciplinary boundaries are particularly welcomed. The event will commence with three keynote presentations, followed by an open discussion of the key themes that emerge. There will be streams of papers in the afternoon to explore the diversity of youth sexualities in contemporary cultures.

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Clarissa Smith, University of Sunderland, on young people’s porn consumption

Dr. Mark McCormack, Durham University, on heterosexual identities and bodily pleasure

Dr. Matthew Waites, University of Glasgow, on the age of consent in international contexts

Chaired by Prof. Jo Phoenix, Durham University

Please send abstracts of no more than 200 words to Mark McCormack, at no later than Friday 24th May. Abstracts are welcomed from academics at all career stages, including postgraduate researchers.