The invaded/invading body: putting culture and context centre stage
Starts: 5 July 2013
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.
Christine Barter (University of Bristol, UK)
Mary Lou Rasmussen, Monash 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
Open To: Staff and Students
Sponsored by: Sexualities & Gender Research Group