LGBT History Month
Graduate Students' Association event
In this talk, Catherine Atkinson (Centre for Women's Studies) explores some of the ways in which children negotiate gender and sexuality in schools where LGBT equalities work exists as part of the formal curriculum. Drawing on findings from research carried out in two primary schools in the UK, she discusses some of the ways in which gendered and sexual norms are understood, reaffirmed and challenged by children and teachers, and highlights the striking differences between children’s ‘formal’ and ‘informal’ productions of gender and sexuality. In light of the continued centrality of homophobia, heterosexism and transphobia to children’s playground and peer group cultures, she considers the effectiveness of current equalities initiatives, and asks: to what extent, and how, can in-school equalities work challenge LGBT inequalities in primary education?
The talk will be followed by a wine reception provided by the Graduate Students' Association. A collection for local youth homelessness charity SASH will also be held at this event.