CfP: The Age of Sex: A Two-Day International, Interdisciplinary Conference on Child and Adolescent Sexualities (Event, Prato, 05/2010); DL: 19 March 2010

Organized in co-operation with Monash University, Australia and GREP (Graduate Research and Education Programme in Gender, Culture and Identity), University College Dublin and University of Limerick, Ireland.

Place: Monash University Prato Centre, Prato, Italy  (Web)
Dates: Wednesday 5th and Thursday 6th May 2010
DL: 19.03.2010

Conveners: Steven Angelides (Monash University, Australia), Deirdre Daly (University College Dublin, Ireland), Anne Mulhall (University College Dublin, Ireland), and Michael O’Rourke (Independent Colleges, Dublin).

Keynote Speakers:

  • Dr Steven Angelides (Centre for Women’s Studies and Gender Research & Sociology, Monash University, Australia)
  • Professor Kathryn Bond Stockton (Department of English, University of Utah, USA)
  • Professor Barbara DeGenevieve (School of the Art Institute of Chicago, USA)
  • Dr Helmut Graupner (Attorney at Law, Vienna, Austria)
  • Dr Peter Hegarty (Department of Psychology, University of Surrey, UK)
  • Dr Nicole Vitellone (School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Liverpool, UK)

This will be a two day conference focusing on often contentious issues such as paedophilia, child pornography, child sexuality, pederasty, teen sexuality among other topics relating to the study of child and adolescent sexuality. Day one of the conference will feature keynote addresses and discussions of trigger papers which will be distributed to all conference participants in advance. Day two will consist of a postgraduate workshop divided into three thematic strands (literature/film; criminology/Law; sociology/psychology) where postgraduates will deliver short (15 minute) presentations on their current research and receive feedback and advice in a friendly and supportive atmosphere.

Places available: 35 delegates (including 15 postgraduate presenters).
Please ensure to register early as spaces will be strictly limited.

Registration Fee: €50 for non-postgraduates (this will cover tea, coffee and lunch on both days).

Student Bursaries: There will be 14 bursaries of €400 each available for postgraduates who are selected to present at the conference.

Accommodation: There are no rooms available at the centre but there are several affordable hotels and residences within 10 minutes walking distance. A list can be found here.

Flights: We recommend that delegates fly to Florence airport which is 20-25 minutes by train from Prato. Maps and other travel details can be found here.

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CALL FOR PAPERS: Open Forum/Workshop for Postgraduates in the Fields of Child and Adolescent Sexuality

This session is designed to be a forum where scholars in the early stages of their careers will have an opportunity to present brief papers (10-15 minutes) that are relevant to the different strands of the conference as well as receiving feedback from the keynote speakers and the other conference delegates.

There will be three thematic strands:

  1. Literature/film/ Art/Representations of Child and Adolescent Sexuality
  2. Sociology/Psychology: Social Scientific research on child and adolescent sexuality
  3. Law/Criminology: Legal Issues surrounding child and adolescent sexuality.

Student bursaries of €400 will be available for the fourteen postgraduate/early career researchers chosen to present at the workshop.

The organizers invite those interested to submit an abstract (300-500 words) and a short biographical note (100-200 words outlining research topic and interests).

Please send proposals no later than 19 March 2010 to each of the organizing committee:

Anne Mulhall (,
Deirdre Daly (,
Steven Angelides (
and Michael O’Rourke (

Best wishes, Michael O’Rourke, INdependent Colleges, Dublin.


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