Lecture on Gender and Sexuality: Mapping the Emotional Grammar of Banning ‘Conversion Therapy’

A photograph of the LGBT+ flag flying outside Firth Court
The LGBT+ flag flying outside Firth Court at the University of Sheffield

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Wednesday 4 October 2023
Firth Hall, The University of Sheffield, Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TN
Free to attend. Open to all that have an interest.
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The School of Law is hosting a guest Lecture on Gender and Sexuality titled 'Feeling Pain and Shame: Mapping the Emotional Grammar of Banning ‘Conversion Therapy’. Lunch is provided to those that sign up to the event.

The School of Law is pleased to invite Dr Senthorun Raj, Reader at the Manchester Metropolitan University to speak about their recent publication.

Event title: Feeling Pain and Shame: Mapping the Emotional Grammar of Banning ‘Conversion Therapy’.

Date: Wednesday 4 October 2023

Time: TBC

Location: TBC

We are looking to have hybrid functionality and if you have a disability or care responsibilities which would make it difficult for you to attend this event or if you are out of station, please book an online ticket. However, if you are able to make it in person we would greatly appreciate it. A link to join us online will be sent out the day of the event.

All university staff and students, and members of the public are invited to attend this lecture.

This talk will examine the role of emotions, particularly pain and shame, in shaping law reform debates about banning ‘conversion therapy.’ Drawing on a recent parliamentary debate in the UK about banning ‘conversion therapy,’ this talk will map the ‘emotional grammar’ of pain and shame to show these emotions connect the individualised nature of ‘conversion therapy’ directed against LGBT people with the institutional register through which LGBT people pursue a ban on these abusive practices.


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