Young Women and Girls in Contemporary Scotland and Beyond

5 September 2018
09:30 – 17:00
Glasgow Women’s Library & Olympia Social Research Hub

The Girlhood Gang, a collective formed by PhD Researchers, has organised an all day event exploring what it means to be a young woman in Scotland today. The conference, Young Women and Girls in Contemporary Scotland and Beyond, will open with a keynote from SSCJR’s Dr Susan Batchelor.

Attendees with an interest in contemporary girlhood will participate in discussions and creative workshops themed around working with and researching young women and girls. The event is open to University of Glasgow staff and students, as well as academics from other institutions across the UK. Organisations included Girlguiding Scotland, Glasgow and Clyde Rape Crisis, Youth Link Scotland, The Empower Project, Glasgow Film Theatre and YWCA Scotland – The Young Women’s Movement are also participating. The event features a closing keynote from Dr Geetha Marcus, Lecturer in Education in the School of Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of Glasgow. In addition to these academics and organisations, the day centrally involves young women themselves, invited to come along and share their experiences and perspectives.

The founding members of the feminist collective Girlhood Gang – Donna MacLellan, Amanda Ptolomey and Hannah Walters – received funding to host the event from University of Glasgow School of Education, CRADALL, SCCJR, MacFie Bequest and the University of Glasgow’s Sociology Small Grants Fund. They founded Girlhood Gang in late 2017, and all three focus on girl studies in their research. They hope to host more events in the future, follow them on Twitter  for updates.