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CGWS - Gender, sexuality and adult friendship seminar

Date: 2 July 2010 Time: 9.00am - 5.00pm

Venue: Bowland North Seminar Room 6



During this free seminar we seek to bring together researchers who examine contemporary, empirical material on adult friendship, who view friendship as a social, temporal and cultural relationship with a specific focus on gender and sexuality. Depending on the outcome of the seminar, there may be an opportunity to contribute to a publication on adult friendship.

In this seminar we hope to address questions and issues around the topic of gender, sexuality and adult friendship, which may include the following:

  • How do gendered processes operate in friendship groups?
  • What are the relationships between friendship, sexual relations and romance?
  • Are friendships still seen as secondary to sexual relationships in adult life?
  • How are adult friendship and friendship opportunities created and maintained?
  • Have expressions or patterns of friendship changed?
  • What role does friendship play in queer communities?
  • What role do resources play in the creation and maintenance of friendships?
  • How can we best address the difficulties in conceptualising friendship, social networks and sociability?
  • What other types of friendship are there other than the best friend relationship?

Please see our speaker extracts for more information:

Tom M. Novak, London School of Economics

Chin Yann, Nottingham Trent University

Tunde Ogunjobi, Department of Political Science, Lagos State University

Clare Hollowell, Centre for Gender and Women's Studies, Lancaster University

Lisa Beljuli Brown, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg

Olive Cheung, Royal Holloway, University of London

Lia Kinane, Centre for Gender and Women's Studies, Lancaster University

For more information please contactLia Kinane or Clare Hollowell

The event is FREE but please register your attendance as soon as possible.


Who can attend: Anyone


Further information

Organising departments and research centres: Centre for Gender and Women's Studies, Sociology


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