Dragon Hall Debates: Adolescence
The kids are alright… right? Societal rules for our adolescents mutate quicker than you can say Tik Tok. UEA’s Dr Victoria Cann will explore how gender is articulated in our contemporary culture, the University of Cambridge’s Dr David Bainbridge will explain the strange and wonderful science of our teenage years and local youth activist Taryn Everdeen will share her experiences from the frontline of adolescence.
Doors open for all events at 6.30 for a 7pm start.
Suitable for ages 16+.
Dr David Bainbridge is a science writer, reproductive biologist and veterinary anatomist, and Director of Studies in Veterinary Medicine at St Catharine’s College at the University of Cambridge. He is the author of Teenagers: A Natural History, Middle Age: A Natural History, Curvology: The Origins and Power of Female Body Shape, A Visitor Within: The Science of Pregnancy, The X in Sex: How the X Chromosome Controls Our Lives and more.
Dr Victoria Cann is a lecturer in UEA’s Interdisciplinary Institute for the Humanities. Her teaching, research and outreach interests are in the field of gender and identity during youth. She is particularly interested in how gender is reproduced through taste articulations and ideas of ‘appropriate’ performances of identity. Tori’s first book, Girls Like This: Boys Like That, was released in 2018, and she has published chapters in edited collections and articles in journals such as Feminist Media Studies, Boyhood Studies, Girlhood Studies and Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies.
Taryn Everdeen is a writer, youth activist and photographic journalist from Norwich. Taryn has focused on pressing issues such as gender equality and environmentalism. She is a longstanding member of the Young Norfolk Arts communications team and regularly attends, photographs and reviews arts events, creating content for the Young Norfolk Arts blog. Next year, Everdeen is planning to take a gap year to explore the world before heading off to university to study Modern Languages. She truly believes in the power of human connection and the ability of the youth to come together to create social change.
The free Dragon Hall Debates series, presented jointly by the University of East Anglia and the National Centre for Writing, tackles a range of topical scientific, cultural and political issues, drawing on the expertise of UEA academics as well as guest thinkers, writers and commentators. Come along and hear from the panel, then join the conversation and have your say. All are welcome.