Saturday, January 25, 2014

[Upcoming Seminar] Gender, Power and Heterosexual Practices Among Young South Africans

Gender, Power and Heterosexual Practices Among Young South Africans

Speaker: Tamara SHEFER
(Senior Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies, University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa)

Time: 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, 28 January 2014
Venue: Room 115, Humanities Building, New Asia College, CUHK

Recent high profile cases of alleged sexual harassment at South African universities have brought a renewed national focus to the challenges of gender inequalities and gender-based violence in higher education. This paper elaborates on key themes emerging from a study with a group of students at one of the local campuses, including: the construction of campus as a sexualised space; the continued reproduction of binaristic gendered expectations of male and female sexualities in the negotiation of heterosex; normative practices of transactional sex which articulate a range of power inequalities; and the pervasiveness of coercive, violent, non-equitable and unsafe sexual practices and relationships. The paper argues for the imperative of engaging with young people in higher education within a more nuanced framework of intervention that accounts for the multiple, intersecting and complex dynamics of gender norms and heterosexual practices.

Feel free to bring your box lunch or sandwich to eat during the talk

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