Reimagining childhood and youth

13 September 2011

Youth arts, pedagogy, affect Anna Hickey-Moody – When a young person creates and displays a work of art they make a political statement, call a public to attention and invest in particular ideas about identity, community and belonging. More than this, youth arts communities, and representations of these, teach diverse audiences distinctive ideas about young people. This presentation will unpack some ways in which gender and race are constructed through genre and trace different figures of 'marginalised youth' created by small and large scale youth arts works and popular cultural representations of such works. Youth arts practices, and popular cultural representations of these practices, have the capacity to create new figures of marginalised young people and to rework community sentiments about youth.

Interrupting the psychopathologisation of children Valerie Harwood – This presentation will outline how research into the frequency with which children from disadvantaged backgrounds were treated medically for behavioural 'problems' has prompted further study into the educational practices that marginalise social and cultural considerations in favour of practices that all too easily (and swiftly) psychopathologise children and young people. The original research, conducted in Scotland revealed how professionals involved in diagnosing and attempting to change child behaviour sought to both work against prevailing pressures to medicalise and, instead, acknowledge the child in social and cultural context.


Anna Hickey-Moody
is a lecturer in the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies at The University of Sydney, where she teaches on masculinity and youth cultures. Her research brings innovative theoretical and methodological approaches to longstanding issues of social marginalisation and disadvantage.

Valerie Harwood is a senior lecturer in foundations of education at the University of Wollongong. Her research interests include the production of knowledge on child and youth psychopathology, critical disability studies, youth exclusion and practices of medicalisation in schools. She is collaborating on an international comparative project to investigate the influence of the obesity epidemic in schools.

Presentations will be followed by discussion and refreshments.

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Time: 3-5pm

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