Newcastle Youth Studies Group

Youth, Gender and the Body

Led by Dr Julia Coffey, research in this theme explores the relationships between gender, sexualities, and the body and their significance in young people's lives. This theme explores diverse issues including gendered body ideals in youth digital visual cultures; contemporary femininities, masculinities and non-binary embodiments; digital feminist activisms; and gendered body performances in youth physical cultures. Research on these themes draws on innovative qualitative methodologies including visual methods of digital photo-voice; and creative, drama-based and participatory methods to bring the body to the forefront in producing knowledge about the body's role in producing selves and contemporary socialities.

Theme Members:

Julia Coffey

Dr Julia Coffey, University of Newcastle, Australia

Julia Coffey is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Newcastle, Australia. Her research explores themes of gender, youth, health and the body. She is the author of two books, Body Work: Youth, Gender and Health (2016, Routledge) and Learning Bodies: The Body in Youth and Childhood Studies (Springer, 2016, edited with Helen Cahill and Shelley Budgeon). Body Work progresses sociological understandings of the significance of embodiment and affect in young people’s health and wellbeing; specifically the affective and embodied qualities that contribute to gendered body concerns for youth. Her research and publications advance feminist new materialist concepts and theories to understand the processes by which young bodies materialise. She is on the editorial board for Journal of Youth Studies and the Journal for Applied Youth Studies.

Adele Pavlidis

Dr Adele Pavlidis

Dr Pavlidis works in the Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research as a Research Fellow. Her work focuses on affective-discursive relations and the ways health and wellbeing are enabled or impeded by a range of sport and physical cultural practices. In 2018 she began her ARC DECRA fellowship which explores the ways Australian sport culture is changing, focused particularly on women in contact sports. She has published two monographs, Sport, Gender and Power: The Rise of Roller Derby (with Simone Fullagar, 2014, Routledge) and Feminism and a vital politics of depression (with Simone Fullagar and Wendy O'Brien, 2019, Palgrave) as well as articles in internationally recognised journals in sport, sociology, cultural studies, and leisure studies.

Penny Jane Burke

Prof Penny-Jane Burke, University of Newcastle, Australia

Professor Penny Jane Burke is Global Innovation Chair of Equity and Director of the Centre of Excellence for Equity in Higher Education (CEEHE) at the University of Newcastle. Since completing her ESRC-funded PhD in 2001, she has been actively involved in shaping the field of equity in higher education (HE) through research, institutional leadership and the development of research networks and programs. Pushing the boundaries of the field, she developed praxis-based approaches that work towards transforming educational spaces and imaginaries and bringing research, theory and practice together. Her personal experience of returning to study via an Access to Higher Education program has fuelled her ongoing commitment to generating research with impact; firmly located in social justice methodologies. Penny Jane has published extensively in the field, including the authored books, Changing Pedagogical Spaces in HE (Burke, Crozier and Misiaszek, 2018, Routledge), Reconceptualising Lifelong Learning (Burke and Jackson, 2007, Routledge), The Right to HE (Burke, 2012) and Accessing Education effectively widening participation (Burke, 2002). Since relocating full-time to Australia in 2016, Professor Burke has engaged and informed the Australian HE sector in both research, policy and practice including through her role as an inaugural member on the Australian government’s Equity Research and Innovation Expert Panel. She holds an honorary professorship with the University of Exeter, UK and has held the posts of Professor at the University of Sussex, UK and the University of Roehampton, London and Reader at the Institute of Education, University of London.

Jessica Ringrose

Prof Jessica Ringrose, University College of London

Jessica Ringrose is Professor of Sociology of Gender and Education at the UCL Institute of Educationand co-chair of the International Gender and Education Association. Her research seeks to transform sexist media cultures, and activate gender and sexual equity in Secondary Schools. She is currently studying youth digital sexual cultures, and feminist and LGBTQ Activisms and strategies for tackling toxic masculinities in an age of #MeToo. Her impact profile includes public engagement as consultant and expert advisor for The UK Government Equalities Office, The Mayor of London; The British Council, The UK Youth Select Committee into Body Image; The NSPCC, The Office of Children's Commissioner (England), Stonewall; Womankind Worldwide and more. Her latest books are:Feminist Posthumanisms, New Materialisms and Education (Routledge, 2018); and Digital Feminist Activism: Girls and Women Fight back against Rape Culture (Oxford University Press, 2019).

Anna Hickey Moody

Prof Anna Hickey-Moody, RMIT

Anna Hickey-Moody is Professor, ARC Future Fellow and RMIT Vice Chancellor's Senior Research Fellow in Media and Communication at RMIT University, Melbourne. Her research focuses on youth, intersectionality, disability, race, gender and the body, with particular interests in disability, masculinity and the emotional scapes of religion. Anna is on the editorial board of the British Journal of Sociology of Education and the Journal of Public Pedagogies. Her latest book is Deleuze and Masculinity (Palgrave). Anna’s current empirical research explores how emotional scapes of religion shape young people's experiences of community and belonging. This work is funded by the ARC Future Fellowship 'Early Start Arts to Counter Radicalisation' and the RMIT VC Fellowship 'Interfaith Childhoods'. Anna has developed affective and material methods for working across complex language and cultural differences which have been taken up in Iran, Kurdistan, New Zealand, the U.K and Ireland. She has written 5 books and edited 4 widely cited collections.

Prof Simone Fullagar

Prof Simone Fullagar, Griffith University

Simone Fullagar, FAcSS, is a professor (women in sport) at Griffith University and head of the Women and Girls in Sport research group. As an interdisciplinary sociologist Simone’s work uses feminist post-structuralist and new materialist approaches to examine gender inequalities in sport and leisure, as well as the gendering of health and emotional wellbeing. Simone has led funded projects that examine women's and young people's mental health as a sociocultural issue. She has published widely on the sociology of health and diverse sport and leisure cultures, including publishing the first academic book on the rise of roller derby in Australia (with Adele Pavlidis) and feminist papers on cycle touring, parkrun, family practices and the role of active embodiment in mental health. Her latest book was published by Palgrave in 2019 - Feminism and a Vital Politics of Depression and Recovery. Simone was previously Chair of the Physical Culture, Sport and Health research group at the University of Bath, UK and is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, UK (2019). In 2015 her gender research was internationally recognised through the Shaw-Mannell Award for Leisure Research, University of Waterloo.

Dr Akane Kanai, Monash University

Akane Kanai is a Lecturer in Communications and Media Studies at Monash University, Australia. Her research explores the everyday gendered politics of digital culture, theories of affect, and the relationship between youthful femininity and transformations in feminism. She is the author of Gender and Relatability in Digital Culture (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018) which makes interventions across several fields: critical femininities, critical race studies, and internet studies. Her work has been published in outlets such as Social Media + Society, Feminist Media StudiesCultural Studies, and the Journal of Communication.

Amy Dobson

Dr Amy Dobson, Curtin University

Dr Amy Shields Dobson is a Lecturer in Digital and Social Media at Curtin University. Her work focuses on youth, gender politics, social media, and feminine subjectivities.  She is the author of Postfeminist Digital Cultures (2015), and editor of Digital Intimate Publics and Social Media (2018) with Brady Robards & Nicholas Carah, both published by Palgrave.  Her recent projects include research into cyber-safety and sexting education, female genital cosmetic surgery, and girls’ and young women’s social media cultures.

Rosalind Gill

Prof Rosalind Gill

Rosalind Gill is an internationally renowned scholar whose work traverses Sociology, Media and Cultural Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies and Psychosocial Studies. Her first degree (Exeter) was in Sociology and Psychology, and her PhD was informed and inspired by the work of Stuart Hall and Michael Billig, as well as the Loughborough Discourse and Rhetoric Group (DARG) of which she was a founding member. Rosalind has held posts throughout the University of London, including Goldsmiths, King’s and the LSE – at the latter she spent 10 years establishing and building the Gender Institute. She is currently Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis at City, University of London, and Distinguished Visiting Professor at Murdoch University, WA (until end 2016). She previously held a Distinguished Visitor position at the University of Auckland. Rosalind’s research interests span several areas: work and labour, new technologies, practices of inequality, media and gender,  intimacy and sexuality, identity and subjectivity. Her work has made leading contributions to knowledge including: challenging the myths of egalitarianism within the cultural and creative industries and examining how inequalities become ‘unspeakable’; developing the notion of ‘mediated intimacy’ for thinking about the role of media of various kinds in shaping people’s ‘common sense’ about sex and relationships; developing a widely accepted understanding of postfeminism as a cultural sensibility; centering notions of affect and psychic life in discussions of neoliberalism; critically examining the way that psychological notions of ‘character’ or ‘qualities’ (e.g. confidence or resilience) are becoming central to policy and public life.