Doing gender: relationships, emotions and spaces of learning

Please join Research for Education Impact (REDI), Deakin's strategic research centre in education, for a stimulating day of conversation for a one-day symposium on emotions, gender and schooling.

Monday 13 August 2018
Deakin Downtown

Event details

Speakers and discussants include Jill Blackmore, Penny Jane Burke, Matt Lumb, Susanne Gannon, Julie McLeod, Chris Hickey, Jane Kenway, Laura Scholes, Dorte Marie Søndergaard, Claire Charles, Amanda Mooney and Leanne Higham.

Convened by Amanda Keddie (Deakin University) and Garth Stahl (University of South Australia), this one-day symposium is focused on discussing previous and current research on emotions and gender, which informs our thinking about young people’s experiences with learning today.

The symposium is envisaged not so much as a discussion of findings, but rather a reflection on how the relationship between gender and emotions is being researched, and specifically what approaches and methodologies are being employed.

Doing gender

Research in sociology of education has long engaged with the contentious terrain of social justice. In designing our research, many of us continue to grapple with questions of gender, subjectivity and emotions. Furthermore, these questions keep changing in response to an ever-shifting economic, cultural and political landscape that is both creating new, and rearticulating old, equity challenges.

How are these challenges playing out in formal and alternative/informal sites of learning, and how can we build on the strong and robust history of education research in this area to respond to these new challenges?

After an evacuation of gender in equity and schooling policy in Australia from the mid-1990s, we are currently experiencing somewhat of a renaissance in a focus on gender in schools – albeit a highly contentious one, with familiar conservative backlash politics (especially associated with the Safe Schools program) stifling the equity agenda. Such conditions point to the continued imperative of rethinking how we are researching gender, emotions and schooling.

Emotions arise out of investments in particular ideologies and politics, and they work in relation to desire, envy, aspiration and fear.

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9.30am Opening address
Jill Blackmore (Deakin University)

Theorising new questions on gender, subjectivity and emotions.

Panel: Penny Jane Burke, Matt Lumb (University of Newcastle), Susanne Gannon (Western Sydney University) and Julie McLeod (University of Melbourne).
Discussant: Chris Hickey (Deakin University).

11am Q&A facilitated by
Amanda Keddie (Deakin University).
11.30am Lunch

Researching gender and emotion in spaces of learning: methods and implications.

Panel: Laura Scholes (Queensland University of Technology), Dorte Marie Søndergaard (Aarhus University), Claire Charles and Amanda Mooney (Deakin University).
Discussant: Leanne Higham (University of Melbourne).

1.30pm Q&A facilitated by
Garth Stahl (University of South Australia).
2pm Closing address
Jane Kenway (Monash University).
2.30pm Finish


Prices for this event are as follows:

Students and Deakin staff - $15
General admission - $30

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Date and time

Monday 13 August 2018


Deakin Downtown
727 Collins Street
VIC 3008

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