Conference to explore gender and physical education
The one-day event will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the publication of Leeds Beckett Emeritus Professor Sheila Scraton’s book, ‘Shaping up to Womanhood: Gender and Girls’ Physical Education’, and will take place at Leeds Beckett’s Headingley Campus on 11 September. The conference, organised by The Institute for Sport, Physical Activity and Leisure at Leeds Beckett, will provide space for socio-critical and/or feminist analyses of young people’s experiences of physical education, sport, health and active lifestyles.
Conference organiser and Senior Lecturer at Leeds Beckett, Dr Annette Stride, explained: “Researchers in the Carnegie School of Sport have developed significant expertise in gender, physical education, sport and physical activity, particularly in raising awareness of the ways in which PE can reproduce gender stereotypes, inequalities and discrimination.
“This conference allows attendees an opportunity to reflect on the work of researchers in sport, leisure, coaching and PE and will help to strengthen the work of the Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI) and Sport Coaching and PE (SCOPE) research centres at Leeds Beckett, whilst contributing to the University’s broader commitment to gender equality through its submission for Athena SWAN accreditation.”
Keynote speakers at the conference will be Emeritus Professor Scraton and Dr Emma Rich from the University of Bath and the conference will provide an opportunity to celebrate research that considers gender, PE, active lifestyles and young people’s experiences.
The conference committee are currently accepting proposals for presentations. Papers to be considered include empirical, theoretical, methodological, and/or policy focused papers, or those offering insights into the possibilities and prospects for future research and practice. There will also be an opportunity for selected papers to be included in a special edition of Sport, Education and Society journal. The deadline for submissions of proposals is 12pm on Wednesday 1 March 2017.
Proposals should be submitted in one of the following formats:
- Individual abstract, containing 250 words for a 20 minute presentation.
- Collective themed panel of three abstracts, containing 250 words each for 20 minute presentations.
Emeritus Professor Sheila Scraton was Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Director of University Research at Leeds Beckett from 2004-2008, until her retirement in 2010. As Professor of Leisure and Feminist Studies she has led research for the past 20 years in the area of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion within the Carnegie Research Institute. Her major research interests include cross-national qualitative work on women and sport; sport, ethnicity and gender; women and football; older women and leisure; gender and physical education; leisure and feminist theory.
Dr Emma Rich is a Senior Lecturer in the Department for Health at the University of Bath. Her work draws upon the sociology of education, pedagogy, the body and physical culture. She is particularly interested in health discourses and the body and draws upon critical perspectives on the body, health and illness in her research. In recent years, research projects have explored issues such as moral panic over obesity, eating disorders and education and surveillance of young people’s bodies.