March 3rd, 2015, What (not) to do: Young people, gender and sexuality (Sheffield Hallam)

What (not) to do: Young people, gender and sexuality. Tuesday 3rd March 2015, 1.30 – 4.45pm: Room 7331, Stoddart building, Sheffield Hallam University City Campus

Sheffield Hallam University: Centre for Education and Inclusion Research.

Portrayals and expectations of young people’s gendered and sexual selves are shrouded in contradiction. Young people are both exposed to ‘sexualised’ images of their peers whilst being scorned for their perceived sexual ‘deviance’. The complexities of young people’s gender and sexual identities also intersect along axes of class, race, disability, geographical location, and so on. This seminar will explore some of the complex entanglements surrounding young people, gender and sexuality, inside and outside of formal education settings. Speakers will draw on the experiences of young people involved in research to discuss how gender, sexuality, sex, sexual knowledge(s) and sexual pleasure function in the lives of young women, men, LGBT and disabled young people (categories which, of course, are not mutually exclusive) to discuss, what (not) to do: young people, gender and sexuality.


  • Nikki Edwards, University of Leeds “But pleasure, like how do you gain pleasure?” Young women’s experiences of gaining informal sexual knowledge through a feminist lens
  • Mark Casey, Newcastle University A young gay men’s group in Middlesbrough: Past, present and futures
  • Eleanor Formby, Sheffield Hallam University The limitations of an anti-bullying perspective to understanding young LGBT people’s experiences within and beyond school
  • Jenny Slater, Sheffield Hallam University and Kirsty Liddiard, University of Sheffield “Like, pissing yourself is not a particularly attractive quality, let’s be honest”: Learning to contain through youth, adulthood, disability and sexuality
  • Michael Keenan, Nottingham Trent University Experiencing inclusive exclusion: LGBTQ student experiences in English universities
  • Julia Hirst, Sheffield Hallam University ‘Putting it about…’ and the ‘unselfish lover’: Who to be? How to act? How to be perceived? Contrasts in findings from a pilot survey on men, masculinities, sex and pleasure

Places are free, but limited. Please register your attendance via Eventbrite.

The building is wheelchair accessible, and there is accessible parking available on request. For further enquires, including access enquiries, please contact: or