Who: Louisa Allen, Critical Studies in Education, Faculty of Education
When: Wednesday April 1st, 11am - 12noon
Where: HSB 901, Human Sciences Building, Princes St, University of Auckland
From the Faculty of Arts event listing:
This seminar will explore ‘the 5cm rule’, a regulation around student contact discovered during an investigation of the sexual culture of schooling with 16-19 year olds in New Zealand. Implemented to stem ‘inappropriate and unwanted’ touching, it stipulates that students must maintain a physical distance of 5cm at all times. It will be argued that this rule represents a contemporary type of biopower which forms part of the sexual culture of schooling. As a technique of corporeal regulation it is characterised by a ‘loose’ exercise of power, that allows for student resistance while producing subjects’ ‘docility-utility’ (Foucault, 1980). I will contend that the rule contributes negatively to ‘the sexual culture of schooling’ by constituting student sexuality as ‘unruly’ and ‘problematic’. This stipulation also prescribes a set of gender relations that are inhibitive of mutually negotiated and pleasureable corporeal experience.