Seminar Series - Feeling homophobia: The effects and affects of inequality

Date: 4 December 2013 Time: 12.30 - 2.00 p.m.

Venue: B.89 County South

Seminar Series

Dr Emily Gray, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia

Feeling homophobia: The effects and affects of inequality

This presentation takes as its subject recent research conducted with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and/or queer (LGBTQ) teachers in the state of Victoria, Australia. Despite Victoria's seemingly supportive education policy landscape regarding same sex attracted and gender diverse young people, the same cannot be said for teachers. This project therefore considers how inequalities are lived and remade in the everyday lived sites of schools (Youdell 2011). Of particular interest is how lived experiences of homophobia, institutional apathy and 'diversity fatigue' (Thomas 2007) play out in the lives of teachers. This research reveals that such experiences accumulated over time produce a kind of political and personal depression (Cvetkovich 2012) for LGBTQ teachers. This has broader implications for the project of education and its social justice imperatives.

Note: The Out/In Front project was conducted in partnership between Dr. Emily Gray at RMIT University, Dr. Anne Harris of Monash University and Dr. Tiffany Jones of the University of New England. It was funded by Monash University Faculty of Education Engagement Grant Scheme (EGS) and by the School of Education at the University of New England.


Who can attend: Anyone


Further information

Organising departments and research centres: Centre for Social Justice and Wellbeing in Education, Educational Research