Modern Girlhoods: Growing up in the 21st Century

Brunel University, Uxbridge, UK
Wednesday 8th February 2012

The Gender & Education Association with the Centre of Youth Work Studies and the Educational Department at Brunel University, and the British Sociological Association’s Youth Study Group are holding a 1 day seminar on Modern Girlhoods on 8th February 2012.

Recent years have seen a growing interest in the social and cultural lives of girls within scholarly and policy literature. The theme of the day: Modern Girlhood in the 21st century, aims to be broad enough to focus on the range of public, policy and scholarly debates that focus on the lives of young women. Keynote speakers for the day include Prof. Valerie Hey (University of Sussex) and Dr Farzana Shain (Keele University).

The day aims to encompass a range of interdisciplinary approaches, and we would be keen to bring scholars and practitioners together from : youth work, education studies, youth studies, sociology, social policy and social work. The sessions aim to provide space to enable participants to engage with a range of debates from the field, and we seek papers/ seminars/posters and workshops. These might include work exploring:

– Girls work and in/formal education;
– Girls’ friendship cultures;
– ‘Race’, ethnicity and girlhood;
– Understandings of popular culture and moral panics focusing on girlhood;
– Girls’ sexual desires and/or practice or understandings.

Abstracts of up to 300 words and a brief biography should be sent to by Friday 9th December 2011 at the latest. Please mark your email clearly: Modern Girlhoods. This is a small day event. Authors of accepted presentations will be notified of the decision regarding their paper within one month of submitting the abstract.

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