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Thinking critically and feeling discomfort: Critical tensions in developing gender related violence training for youth practitioners

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Thinking critically and feeling discomfort: Critical tensions in developing gender related violence training for youth practitioners

Date:
Wednesday 29 January 2020
Time:
1.00pm - 2.00pm
Venue:
St Mary's University, N44

This seminar reflects on key learning from the UK GAP project - an EU funded international youth practitioner training project to challenge gender-related violence (GRV) against (and by) children and young people.

The training emerged from an explicitly feminist project aimed at bringing together approaches to tackle violence against women and girls, with challenging heteronormativity and homophobia. Implicit in this approach was the requirement for trainers and training participants to critically explore their taken for granted assumptions regarding sex-gender identity and its relationship to violence.

Drawing on Boler’s work on pedagogy of discomfort (Boler, 1999) – Dr Cullen and Dr Whelan consider the emotions, ethics and challenges of facilitating training on complex issues of gendered violence. Their presentation explores tensions, opportunities and strategies in developing training to support critically engaged practice. 

Insights from this training point to the value of drawing on a pedagogy of discomfort in exploring GRV, however, they also raise important challenges. The accounts reflect on how shifting dynamics between and within training sessions and participant workplaces raised spaces of (mis) recognition and silence that reproduced everyday experiences of sex-gender injustice. Key here is what is seen as both legible and legitimate pedagogic practice within neoliberal work-based training interventions in tackling violence and sex-gender oppression.

Dr Fiona Cullen

Fin Cullen is a Senior Lecturer in Education and Social Science at St Mary’s University. Fin is a qualified Youth and Community worker and worked for over a decade across the UK in a variety of contexts including youth homeless provision, residential settings, day centres, school-based youth services, centre-based, outreach, detached and mobile provision and sexual health and drugs education services.

Dr Michael Whelan

Dr Michael Whelan works as a Senior Lecturer on the Childhood and Youth Studies and Social Work degrees at Coventry University. Dr Whelan's professional background is in youth work. He worked as a qualified youth worker in the Republic of Ireland, Australia and the UK. His experience in the UK has been primarily within statutory sector youth services, however, he also has extensive experience of working with voluntary sector youth service organisations, including 6 years as a trustee of one of the largest voluntary sector providers of support to homeless young people.

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Date:
Wednesday 29 January 2020
Time:
1.00pm - 2.00pm
Venue:
St Mary's University, N44

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For more information about this event please email ozlem.erden@stmarys.ac.uk.

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