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Manuscript deadline
01 November 2021

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Sex Education; Sexuality, Society and Learning

Special Issue Editor(s)

Jen Gilbert, York University, Canada
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Jessica Fields, University of Toronto, Canada
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Adventures in Gender and Sexualities Education: Remembering the Wonder

This special issue of Sex Education takes as its inspiration Kathleen Quinlivan’s (1957-2020) wild experiments in gender and sexualities education research. As Quinlivan explained in one of her last academic conversations, she believed it “important for adults to remember what it was like to be young, the magical bit, the wonder of being young and the first times of things and the adventuring and the wildness of it.”

Quinlivan understood that this remembering was not always a welcome or pleasant experience—for the learner, educator or researcher. Indeed, she explained that the wonder provoked by such remembering did not simply prompt a romantic “bliss and awe” but instead left her in “a kind of a worrying way.” No matter the emotional demand, however, Quinlivan was determined to sit inside the remembrance, to recognize the adventure, and to wrestle with the bliss and worry. She was loved because of her commitment to the unruliness of gender and sexualities education and research and because of her scepticism about any claim that they should be otherwise.

In celebration of Quinlivan’s career and contributions, we turn toward this unruliness. We seek contributions to a special issue of Sex Education that features a series of short, provocative essays on magical and adventurous topics that are marginalised or disavowed in gender and sexualities education research, policy or practice. As gender and sexualities education and research become tied to standardised curricula, government mandates and discourses of safety, health and risk, whole areas of young people’s lives and researchers’ interests are routinely excised. Some topics are deemed too politically risky; others expose ongoing, pervasive inequalities that structure even progressive gender and sexualities education and research; while still others point to the wild and unruly aspects of gender and sexuality that disturb the tidy messages of health and wellness that often prevail.

We invite papers and short essays (2000-4000 words maximum) on topics that push against the politically expedient, pedagogically safe versions of gender and sexualities education.

Short papers might explore, for instance, flirtation, abortion, asexuality, masturbation, colonialism, disability, rape, failed research studies, pregnancy, racism, or any other topic that authors feel is sidelined by current research in gender and sexualities education.

We seek a nationally, racially and sexually diverse group of contributors, including but not limited to colleagues and collaborators of Quinlivan, emerging and established scholars who have been influenced by her work, and researchers whose work exemplifies an unruly approach to the study of sexuality.

For those interested in learning more about Kathleen’s work:

Quinlivan, K. (2018). Exploring contemporary issues in sexuality education with young people: Theories in practice. New York/London: Palgrave Macmillian.

Quinlivan, K. (2013). The methodological im/possibilities of researching sexuality education in schools: Working queer conundrums. Sex Education, 13(sup1), S56–S69. https://doi.org/10.1080/14681811.2013.796288

Quinlivan, K. (2013). What’s wrong with porn?. In L. Allen, M.L. Rasmussen, K. Quinlivan (Eds.)

Interrogating the politics of pleasure in sexuality education: Pleasure bound (pp. 78-108). Routledge.

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Submission Instructions

The deadline for submission is November 1, 2021.

Manuscripts should follow Sex Education journal’s usual formatting guidelines.

Papers must not exceed 4000 words, inclusive of the abstract, tables, references and figure captions.

All articles will be peer reviewed in the usual way.

The guest editors of this special issue of Sex Education will review initial abstracts until 1 June 2021. Abstract review is not a required part of the process but may be helpful for authors seeking early feedback on a paper idea. If you would like to submit an abstract or discuss your paper informally with one of the special issue editors, please contact (via email) the co-editors of the special issue - [email protected] and [email protected]

Please submit your paper through the journal’s online submission and review site below.

When you submit, please mark your paper clearly for consideration for inclusion in the Adventures special issue.

General enquiries about the journal can be emailed to the journal’s editor-in-chief, Peter Aggleton ([email protected]) or to the journal administrator, Fiona Thirlwell ([email protected])

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