This research group has been established to support and nurture scholarly discourse, research and writing associated with sexualities within the Department of Sociology, Gender & Social Work at Otago. We aim to secure a sustained output of research findings and publications that will have an impact on academic and public-policy debates on issues of sexuality, both locally and internationally. We come together from diverse theoretical orientations and disciplinary backgrounds in order to nurture cross-disciplinary inquiry. Our programme includes departmental seminars, visiting speakers and a range of facilitated discussions.
Staff involved with the Sexuality Research Group represent all three programmes in the department: Sociology, Gender Studies and Social Work.
Professor Amanda Barusch (Social Work)
Gerontology; individual development & relationships in later life; intergenerational relationships among those who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and/or queer.
Dr Melanie Beres (Sociology)
Sexual violence, sexuality & power; social research methods including both qualitative & quantitative methodologies.
Associate Professor Chris Brickell (Gender Studies)
Gay history & gay studies, masculinity, adolescence, visual histories of intimacy, symbolic interactionist theories of sexuality.
Dr Rebecca Stringer (Gender Studies)
The politics of victimhood; gendered configurations of rape law; contemporary Indigenous politics; reproductive rights; film.