CFP: [Children] Youth, Sexuality, Technology

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Laura Robinson
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Roundtable: Youth, Sexuality, Technology
The Association for Research in Cultures of Young People invites
proposals from scholars and practitioners in all areas for a
roundtable discussion of youth and sexuality. Examples from both real
life and fiction suggest that current laws regarding child pornography
are challenged by new technologies: for example, in recent incidents
in the United States (at Daphne Middle School and at a Hamilton
Township, NJ, middle school), young people took nude photographs of
themselves with cell phone cameras to share with friends; several
episodes of Degrassi: The Next Generation have focused on the ways in
which technology has enabled the mass distribution of sexually-loaded
images of female minors. We ask participants in the panel to consider
the ways in which understandings and expressions of young people's
sexuality have been changed by technology. Does a young person shift
from agent of self-expression to pornographic object in such cases,
and if so, at what point does such a shift take place? What are the
legal ramifications of young people's uses of cell and internet
technologies to share text or images with friends? How do legal and
social responses to such cases reflect assumptions about young people,
sexuality, and agency? Is technology producing new forms of sexuality?
Please send proposals (700 words maximum) by e-mail or disk, in
Microsoft Word or RTF
format, by 15 November 2008 to: Mavis Reimer
Department of English
University of Winnipeg
515 Portage Ave.
Winnipeg, MB R3B 2E9

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