Sexual Citizens: A Landmark Study of Sex, Power and Assault on Campus

Date 03/02/20 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Presenter(s) Jennifer Hirsch, Director, Doctoral Studies in the Department of Sociomedical Sciences and co-Director of the Columbia Population Research Center; Shamus Khan, Professor and Chair of Sociology Department, Columbia University
Location Freeman Auditorium, HUB-Robeson Center
Event URL Sexual Citizens: A Landmark Study of Sex, Power and Assault on Campus
Description

Researchers and authors Jennifer Hirsch and Shamus Khan take audiences through their journey with Sexual Citizens: A Landmark Study of Sex, Power and Assault on Campus, which draws primarily on the ethnographic component of the Sexual Health Initiative to Foster Transformation (SHIFT), the groundbreaking mixed-methods research project on sexual assault among Columbia and Barnard undergraduates. Sexual Citizens advances a new conceptual language for thinking about the social production of campus sexual assault: sexual projects, sexual geographies, and sexual citizenship. The book lays out the heterogeneity of experiences that are collapsed into the catchall category ‘sexual assault’, arguing for the importance of an intersectional approach to gendered power that accounts for how gender intertwines with age, wealth, control of space, disparities in clarity about one’s sexual projects and a socially-cultivated sense of one’s own sexual citizenship to create the circumstances in which assaults happen. While written in dialogue with social science theory about gender, sexuality, and social stratification, the book is accessible to general readers, and of course addresses a topic of urgent interest to students, faculty, and administrators on college campuses.

6:30 p.m. Monday, March 2
Freeman Auditorium, HUB-Robeson Center

Sponsored by Penn State's Gender Equity Center and Population Research Institute.

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