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
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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
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