Festschrift: Professor Kathleen Quinlivan

Experimenting with Sexuality Education: Into the Wild

A Festschrift where International and New Zealand scholars honour and celebrate Professor Kathleen Quinlivan’s contribution to the field of Critical Sexuality Education Studies over the course of her lifetime.

Day: Friday 17 January 2020
Time: 10am – 12.30pm
Venue: Rehua 620
RSVP by email to: elizabeth.gardiner@canterbury.ac.nz

Order of Proceedings
The Festschrift will begin with a mihi, followed by speakers from the University of Canterbury and partner universities. It will conclude with a poroporoaki. Morning tea will be served.

You are warmly invited to attend this special celebration for Kathleen.

Festschrifts – translated as celebratory writing – are nowadays often organised as a symposium to honour an academic towards the end of their career. This Festschrift takes its cue from Kathleen Quinlivan’s work – it’s an opportunity to think alongside her and to reflect on the “desiring forces” which she has encountered and brought together in sexuality education, internationally and at home. It is a chance to articulate how encountering the field with Kathleen continues to reshape our own student/teacher/researcher/friend subjectivities and the field.

In her latest book, Exploring Contemporary Issues in Sexuality Education with Young People, Professor Quinlivan talks about sexuality education as unpredictable, messy and discombobulating. Kathleen values the creativity already burgeoning in young people’s lives, and urges us to “experiment with the potentialities that are already present in the lived everyday world of classrooms and research sites” (2018).  She urges us to recognise unproductive furrows (of which there are many in sexuality education and the academy) and also to experiment with the wildness of becoming other in terms of ideas/methods/practices and pedagogies.

She knows working with wild desires can be ‘dangerous’ – especially when we are engaging with young people in the confines of schools. But we should not understand Professor Quinlivan as simply jettisoning all that has come before; she recognises that history continues to live in the present and that the rhizome and the root – ‘are often interconnected – they simultaneously resprout as each other when broken off’ to “interrupt traditional binaries” – adult/youth, rationality/emotion, pleasure/prophylactics. At this event we will reflect together on Kathleen’s often wild interruptions, provocations and connections – pondering what they have offered each of us, and, what they will continue to offer the field of sexuality education.

Speakers at the event:

Professor Peter Aggleton, University of NSW, Sydney, Australia
Professor Louisa Allen, University of Auckland
Professor Jessica Fields, University of Toronto, Canada (zoom)
Associate Professor Jen Gilbert, York University, Toronto, Canada
Professor Didi Khayatt, York University, Toronto, Canada
Professor Sharon Lamb, University of Massachusetts, Boston, USA
Dr Jean McPhail, formerly of University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand
Professor MaryLou Rasmussen, ANU, Canberra, Australia
Charles Shaw, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand
Professor Peter Roberts, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand
Professor Kathleen Quinlivan, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand

Ngā mihi nui,
Associate Professor Annelies Kamp
Head of School
School of Educational Studies and Leadership
College of Education, Health and Human Development

Food for Thought | December 2019

Food for Thought was a series of lunchtime events in the city in which UC academics delivered 15-minute talks covering a range of topics from biology in space to the importance of volunteering in schools.

The events have been a fun way to engage with people in the city and share the exciting research taking place at UC that’s making an impact across Ōtautahi Christchurch and beyond.

There will be a video released shortly capturing the highlights from the events. Thank you to those who took part, and to those who made it along to the events to enjoy some inspiring talks (and delicious food) on your lunch break!

Day three saw Associate Professor Billy O’Steen speak about why volunteering in schools is especially important for Aotearoa New Zealand.
Professor Richard Jones spoke about a forensic brainwave analysis project going on at UC.

Sarah Kessans spoke about biology in space and ways that exploring life in space brings benefit to life on Earth.

A great example of working together as one – Kotahitanga – to pull off a successful series of events showcasing exciting projects and research taking place at UC.

Grants for initiatives to boost gender equity and equality

Further to my recent post on ACU membership benefits, this is a heads up that ACU offers an annual grant to member universities to support initiatives that will boost gender equity and equality.

They say…. “The grants can be used for a diverse range of projects, workshops, and events in areas such as:

  • Supporting women in leadership
  • Raising awareness of sexual harassment and developing anti-sexual harassment initiatives
  • Supporting women in science and research
  • Creating effective institutional policies
  • Mainstreaming gender equity into the curriculum.”

Keep an eye on their site for the opening date.

Karen Mather, Organisational Development Manager, Human Resources

Tangata Tū, Tangata Ora: Celebrating Excellence

UC’s inaugural Tangata Tū, Tangata Ora: Celebrating Excellence event was held on Wednesday 27 November, acknowledging the University’s accomplished Emeritus Professors and celebrating the winners of the UC’s 2019 Council Medals.

Congratulations to: