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This symposium will explore teen constructions of crossover texts that respond both to teen narrative cultures and materials that might be categorised as adult content. One critical area of inquiry is whether there are gendered dimensions to the consumption of such narratives. For example, it appears that young males are more likely to access visual sexual content more often and at younger ages than their female peers. In contrast, adolescent girls may well be writing or reading explicit sexual fiction based around key fandom communities. Fan fiction writing such as Harry Potter, Justin Bieber and Twilight fandom are some examples.

Keynote speakers

Professor Anna Hickey-Moody
RMIT University

Professor Catharine Lumby
Macquarie University

Professor Alan McKee
University of Technology, Sydney

Event details

HDR workshop

Date: Wednesday, 23 September 2020
Time: 9.30am-12.30pm
Venue: Joondalup Resort, Perth, WA


Dates: Wednesday, 23 - Thursday, 24 September 2020
Times: Wednesday, 12.30pm - 5.00pm
Thursday, 9.00am - 5.00pm
Venue: Joondalup Resort, Perth, WA


General - $100
Higher Degree by Research/PhD Students - $50
Higher Degree by Research/PhD Students Workshop only - $25

Register your attendance online.

Call for abstracts

We are seeking abstracts pertaining to the symposium topic area including but not limited to the following possible prompts:

  • Fanaticising sexual futures
  • Feeling safe in same-sex imaginaries
  • Bragging, bravado and boys interpretations of gendered masculinity
  • Narrativising sex education
  • Fantasy as a safe space for unsafe sexual imaginaries
  • Selfies and discourses of sexualisation
  • Fictionalised coming of age stories and their real-world impacts
  • Affective engagement with adult content
  • Romanticising non-normative sexualities (eg. 50 Shades of Grey etc.)

Submission deadline

250 word abstract due Friday, 28 February 2020

Intended outcome

High quality peer reviewed publication


For further information, please contact:

Research Assistant
Kelly Jaunzems

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