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Gender, sexuality and young people: After No Outsiders



This interdisciplinary conference aims to bring together early career researchers whose work explores issues around gender, sexuality, and young people. Being in collaboration with the British Educational Research Association’s ‘Sexualities’ special interest group, we are particularly interested in work examining the intersections between gender, sexuality, (in)equality and education.

Five years on from the end of the pioneering 2006-9 No Outsiders project – which challenged homophobia in primary schools through action research and critical pedagogy – this event seeks, in part, to maintain a crucial dialogue around the state of gender and sexualities equality in the contemporary educational context.

The conference is intended to be a friendly forum in which Early Career Researchers can feel supported to present their initial findings and discuss their project design or ethical issues. It additionally aims to support the writing of abstracts for individual papers and to identify themes for symposia at next year’s BERA annual conference which will be held in Belfast.

09.30-10.00 Registration and coffee
10.00-10.30 Opening address: ‘The No Outsiders project: Equilibrium or Revolution?’
Dr Elizabeth Atkinson
Panel 1: Sex and relationships   education and policy
Chair: Catherine Atkinson
10.30-10.50 Teaching and talking sex: reproducing or transforming heteronormativity in sex education
Elsie Whittington
10.50-11.10 Examining the importance of shame and the moral imperatives of sexual health with young people at a North West Youth Club
Louise Laverty
11.10-11.30 Policy making about sex and relationships education in English primary schools
Rachel Lander
Panel 2: Experiences of LGBT* young people
Chair: Manuel Lopez Pereyra
11.30-11.50 Homophobia is so “gay”: narratives of homophobic and non-homophobic bullying
Annis Stead
11.50-12.10 In and Out at School: Raising Awareness of LGBT Identities through Youth Work
Kate Sapin, Rachel Williams and Amelia Lee
12.10-12.30 A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing? The Case of Gemma Barker, and How Working with Mask and Theatre Can Help Young LGBT* People Navigate the Performative Landscape of Social Networking
Nina Kane
12.30-13.30 Lunch
Panel 3: Gendered and sexual diversity in and out of school
Chair: Vanita Sundaram
13.30-13.50 Children doing gender and sexuality in the primary school: Exploring the effects of critical pedagogic practice
Catherine Atkinson
13.50-14.10 TBC
14.10-14.30 Trainee teachers’ awareness of sexual diversity in primary schools
Manuel Lopez Pereyra
14.30-14.50 “It’s okay for you; you’re not disabled. I have to get dressed up; don’t want to live the disability stereotype!”  Young dis/abled women learning and resisting (a)sexual expectation
Jenny Slater
14.50-15.10 Coffee break
15.10-15.40 Cross-panel breakout: Mapping future directions in gender and sexualities research
15.40-16.00 Closing discussion
16.00 Close of meeting