GenSex: Gender and Sexuality Research Group

16th Feb 2011, 3:00pm - 6:00pm

Wilson Centre

GenSex – Edge Hill University’s Gender and Sexuality Research Group – is holding its next session on Wednesday 16th February 2011, from 3pm-6pm, in room W8 in the Wilson Centre at the Ormskirk Campus.

The Gender and Sexuality Research Group is an inter-disciplinary group which promotes research into gender and sexuality studies.

‘Blue is the New Pink: The Impact on Social Wellbeing through Sexualisation’

By Evan Parker, Edge Hill University

This paper will explore the concept of sexualisation and will interrogate in particular current trends in technological developments facilitated by the Internet, Social Networking, Pornographic Broadband and media deployments that demonstrate the rise of Raunch Culture. It will consider phenomenalike the Spice Girls and Pussy Cat Dolls and also explore the implications of Playboy logo’ing and merchandising. Recent anthropological and sociological findings will inform health policy suggestions about the nature of sexualised transience, rights for fathers and single-mum culture.

‘Decreation and Me: Some Thoughts on Simone Weil’s Model of Self-renunciation’

By Jennie Barnsley, University of Birmingham

Twentieth century mystic, philosopher and political activist Simone Weil had some very strong opinions about the place of self-renunciation, or decreation as she called it, in spiritual and political practice. Jennie Barnsley’s presentation will address these issues as they relate to her PhD “Theologising Around the Complexities of Gender”. This will then lead to debate about the intersections between the spiritual ideal of self-renunciation and feminist concerns with agency and self-determination; are these in any way compatible?

‘On the Margins of Hetero and Theological Normativity? Self-identifying within Christianity’

By Chris Greenough, Edge Hill University

Drawing on qualitative data generated from interviews conducted within the north-west of England, this paper analyses the personal identity struggle for those who self identify as “other” and Christian, and explores the ways and extent to which they disrupt the notion of heternormativity within theological and political discourse.

Speaker Biographies

Evan Parker is currently studying for a BA Hons in Health and Social Wellbeing and his work ranges from pandemic management, public services management through to social psychology.  His key areas of interest are globalisation, social psychology and technologies impacts on health.  His career aspirations include working with the World Health Organisation.  He also has a global I.T and Telecoms background and developed his passion for Health and Social Wellbeing having worked in IBM Premier Partnerships specialising in Health and Safety Management Systems.

Jennie Barnsley is a theologian in the process of completing her PhD at the University of Birmingham. Her paper “Godde and the complexities of gender” is published in “Negotiating Boundaries: Identities, Sexualities, Diversities”, edited by Clare Beckett et al. and published by Cambridge Scholars Press.

Christopher Greenough is an Associate Tutor in Modern Languages Education within the Faculty of Education at Edge Hill University, as well as being a secondary school teacher of French, German and Spanish. He has a degree in Modern Languages from the University of Liverpool, a PGCE from Edge Hill University, and an MA in Theology from Liverpool Hope University.

Contact Details

Would you like to give a paper to GenSex or lead us in a workshop or seminar? Interdisciplinary research-based debates, presentations and art installations are always welcome.

Topics can include masculinities, feminisms, gender theories, queer studies, sexuality and subversion, bodily narratives and transgendered identities – just contact Dr Mari Hughes-Edwards by emailing