Can there be an affirmative feminist boys studies? – School of Humanities Can there be an affirmative feminist boys studies? – School of Humanities

Can there be an affirmative feminist boys studies?

Can there be an affirmative feminist boys studies?

Huddle 11 December 2019


Most research on boys and boyhood is focused on risk-reduction, representing boys as problems at school, on the streets, or in relationships, with an ambivalent (if not oppositional) relation to feminism. At the same time, anti-feminist public discourse highlighting the experiences of boys and young men is used to justify violence as well as call for the reversal of social changes that have expanded opportunities available to girls. This “huddle” will assess possible future directions for a collaborative research group, initially formed within the Dept of Gender and Cultural Studies at Sydney, working towards an affirmative feminist boysstudies.


10:00-10.15 Introduction

  • Acknowledgement of country
  • On the germination of the group
  • Goals for the huddle: the project of affirmative feminist boys studies

10:15-12:00 Local and International Perspectives

  • Prof. Anoop Nayak (Geography, Newcastle University, UK)
  • Assoc. Prof. C J Pascoe (Sociology, University of Oregon, USA [participating by Zoom])
  • Dr Joe Latham (Alfred Deakin Institute, Deakin University)
  • Dr Timothy Laurie (Communication, University of Technology Sydney)
  • Em. Prof. Raewyn Connell (Education, University of Sydney)

12:00-12:30 Lunch

11:30-14:30 Work in Progress

  • Prof. Catherine Driscoll
  • Dr Liam Grealy
  • Dr Grace Sharkey
  • Dr Shawna Tang
  • Dr Jessica Kean and Dr Tim Steains

14:30-14:45 Tea Break

14:45-16:30 Future Directions

  • Facilitated by Catherine Driscoll

16:30 Close


When and Where

Wednesday 11th December,
10am –4.30pm
R D Watt Building, Room 200
University of Sydney
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The Department of Gender and Cultural Studies is part of the School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry (SOPHI).

Participant EoIs Welcome

To express interest in this huddle email Dr Tim Steains by 27 November with a one-page statement outlining your background or interest in this project

  • One-page statements from all participants and work in progress drafts will be distributed 1 week before the huddle
  • EoI participants will be expected to have read these materials in advance to facilitate discussion

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Dec 11 2019


10:00 am - 4:30 pm


This event is free


Gender and Cultural Studies
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