Successful Modern Girlhoods Event

Published: Monday 5 March 2012
keynote speaker Dr Farzana Shain from Keele University

On 8th February 2012, members of the Centre for Youth Work Studies (CYWS) organised a successful day exploring aspects of young women’s lives in theory, policy and practice. CYWS alongside the Centre for Youth Sport & Athlete Welfare (CYSAW), and the Education Department hosted a GEA/ BSA youth studies event. The Modern Girlhoods day seminar was well attended with over 50 participants from Brunel, across the UK and further afield.

The keynote speaker, Dr Farzana Shain from Keele University, in a thought provoking presentation explored the recent Nike sponsored ‘Girl effect’ in supporting education initiatives in the Global South. A lively debate ensued about the possibilities and challenges of development and gender within neo liberalism.

Other sessions included those on contemporary sexualisation debates, gender and celebrity and young women’s friendship and identities in and outside the classroom. Fin Cullen presented a paper on young women, humour and critical pedagogy – exploring the role that jokes play in girls’ everyday lives and the potential this offers in developing education initiatives for social justice.

In the final session of the day participants discussed the key challenges when researching young women’s lives and recent development within theory, policy and practice. Feedback from the seminar has been overwhelming positive emphasising the warm and inclusive atmosphere conjured up by the enthusiastic presenters and audience.

The CYWS hopes to build on the success of this event in the future, and will be advertising forthcoming seminars across Brunel in the coming months. The Modern Girlhoods organising committee would like to thank all of the presenters and the Gender & Education association, the British Sociological Association and CYSAW for their financial support.

Some quotes from delegates:

‘Thanks for inviting me to the conference it was an inspirational day.’

‘Great papers and good thinking.’ 

‘Thanks for pulling together such a thought-provoking day.  It's great to hear the emerging generation of scholars’.

‘Just to say thanks for organising a thoroughly enjoyable conference.  Great papers, lots of interesting people and plenty of opportunity for important dialogue’.

‘I was totally blown away by Wednesday. Best conference I've ever been to, especially the way that the conversations just got more and more interesting as the day went on’

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