Sydney School of Education and Social Work events – 2017 Archive

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The Catholic closet

AN INTERNATIONAL COMPARATIVE STUDY OF RESISTANCE TO HOMOPHOBIA IN CATHOLIC SCHOOLS

4 August 2017

Hosted by the school of Education and Social Work's research networks for Comparative and International Education (CoInEd); and School and Teacher Education Policy (STEP).


There is currently no major comparative study of the conflict between common law and Catholic canonical law vis-à-vis sexual and gender minorities in publicly funded Catholic schools in the nations of Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. 'The Catholic Closet' is a study that aims to reveal previously under-reported data about effective ways to resist homophobia and transphobia in Catholic schools, and possibly empower silenced and shamed sexual and gender minority groups within those schools. The plight of sexual and gender minority groups in faith-based schools is a neglected research topic due to a deference to the fundamental freedom of religion, and a corresponding prevailing belief that religiously-inspired discriminatory practices occurring in publicly-funded schools are a normal part of religious freedom that should continue unchallenged.

Event details

  • When: 2–4pm

  • Where: Room 323, Education Building A35, Manning Rd, University of Sydney
    Education Building A35
    Click image for interactive map.

  • Cost: Free but RSVPs are essential for catering purposes.

  • RSVP: RSVP by emailing Dr Yeow Tong-Chia.

  • Contact: Dr Yeow Tong Chia
    T: +61 2 9351 5027
    E: yeowtong.chia@sydney.edu.au

  • Speaker: Tonya Callaghan is an assistant professor at the Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary. She taught for several years at the secondary level in Canadian, international, rural, urban, Catholic and non-Catholic environments and is the author of the book That’s so Gay! Homophobia in Canadian Catholic Schools. Her doctoral thesis Holy Homophobia – which explores curriculum and educational policy implications of religiously-inspired homophobia – was won following awards: The American Educational Research Association Queer Studies Dissertation of the Year; The Governor General’s Academic Gold Medal; and The Canadian Association for the Study of Women and Education Outstanding Dissertation.

The Catholic closet

Where Room 323, Education Building A35, Manning Rd, University of Sydney
Education Building A35
Click image for interactive map.

When

4 August 2017


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