Critical Sexuality Education Studies Professor celebrated by her peers in January event

16 January 2020

A Festschrift where International and New Zealand scholars honour and celebrate Professor Kathleen Quinlivan’s contribution to the field of Critical Sexuality Education Studies over the course of her lifetime.


Critical Sexuality Education Studies Professor celebrated by her peers in January event

 

The prominent career of Professor Kathleen Quinlivan was celebrated when lecturers, researchers, colleagues, students and graduates congregated together (some virtually via online connection) to discuss how Kathleen’s work has shaped the field of critical sexuality education studies, their journeys as researchers, and influenced their lives. Kathleen, an internationally recognised researcher in sexuality education and an enthusiastic member of the School of Educational Studies and Leadership, has concluding her time at UC after twenty years.

 

The event followed the ‘festschrift’ format. Festschrift is translated as celebratory writing, but often takes the form of a symposium to honour an academic towards the end of their career. This festschrift took its cue from Kathleen’s work and provided an opportunity for her peers to reflect on the “desiring forces” which she has encountered and brought together in sexuality education, internationally and at home.

 

Such is the significance of Kathleen’s research contribution and the enormity of the occasion, many prominent researchers from around the world presented, including:

 

Professor Peter Aggleton, University of NSW, Sydney, Australia

Professor Louisa Allen, University of Auckland

Professor Jessica Fields, University of Toronto, Canada

Associate Professor Jen Gilbert, York University, Toronto, Canada

Professor Didi Khayatt, York University, Toronto, Canada

Professor Sharon Lamb, University of Massachusetts, Boston, USA

Dr Jean McPhail, formerly of University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand

Professor MaryLou Rasmussen, ANU, Canberra, Australia

Charles Shaw, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand

Professor Peter Roberts, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand

Professor Kathleen Quinlivan, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand

 

Kathleen was both humbled and excited about the festschrift.

 “The event provided a unique opportunity to bring together a range of very talented and hardworking academics to discuss and explore future directions in sexuality education, and what more it can be become.  I’ve established a career as a researcher in the field because I’ve always been interested in pushing the boundaries of what can be possible in terms of engaging with the complex issues sexuality education continues to pose, for adults and young people alike. This event stimulated conversations that provided some fresh thinking in regard to these issues.”

 

Experimenting with Sexuality Education: Into the Wild

A Festschrift where International and New Zealand scholars honour and celebrate Professor Kathleen Quinlivan’s contribution to the field of Critical Sexuality Education Studies over the course of her lifetime.

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