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Open seminar: Contested consent in young people’s intimate relations
Event Location: Kalevantie 5, 33100 Tampere / Auditorium Väinö Linna, Linna building
Time: 23.1.2020, 14.00 - 23.1.2020, 17.00
Registration deadline: 15.1.2020, 13.00
Event language: English
Entrance fee: Free of charge
Over the past few years, giving and receiving consent in intimate encounters has become a highly contested topic in both public and political debates. This discussion is often saturated around young people, although it excludes their voices. As such it bypasses crucial expertise deriving from young people’s everyday lives and lacks sensitivity towards intersecting social differences of ethnicity, race, gender, class, and sexual identity.

The event invites scholars, professionals and students to discuss sexual consent and the limits of acceptable behaviour in young people’s intimate encounters, including their social and digital contexts. The aim is to inspire discussion on this sensitive subject and introduce ongoing research projects and a campaign dealing with the theme.


14:00 - 14:05 Opening the seminar: Professor Päivi Honkatukia

14:05 - 14:20 Contested consent: Social and digital borders and orders of intimacy in young people’s romantic engagements. Project presentation by Professor Päivi Honkatukia & Researchers Timo Aho, Anu Isotalo and Marja Peltola, Youth Work and Youth Research, Faculty of Social Sciences, Tampere University

14:20 - 14:35 Education and raising awareness in schools to prevent and encounter gender-based violence. Project presentation by Associate Professor Marita Husso, Social Policy, Faculty of Social Sciences, Tampere University

14:35 -15:05 Force of Habit: From art to impact. How to question gender stereotypes and gender-based violence by making experiences visible with film. Special screening of the short film Boudoir and introduction to film anthology and the Impact Campaign Force Of Habit. Researcher Saara Särmä and Tuffi Films Campaign Manager Sini Hormio

15:05 - 15:15 Discussion

15:15 - 15:45 Coffee break

15:45 - 16:30 Young people’s online and face-to-face experiences of intimate partner violence and abuse across five European countries: From methodological challenges to policy and practice solutions. Dr Christine Barter, Reader in young people and violence prevention The Connect Centre for International Research on Interpersonal Violence and Harm, University of Central Lancashire, UK

16:30 - 16:45 Discussion

16:45 - 17:00 Closing of the seminar

Please register here by 15th January, 2020:


The event is organised by a research project Contested Consent: Social and Digital Borders and Orders of Intimacy in Young People’s Romantic Engagements.

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23.01.2020 14:00-17:00
Tampere, Finland