Conferences, Teaching, Publications

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I thought this would be a good place for me to list the papers I am doing, and to connect with other researchers, academics, sex workers, professionals, students. If anyone is attending any of the forthcoming events it would be great to virtually ‘meet’ you beforehand. Likewise if you know of any relevant events please let me know. I have research and teaching interests in gender, sex work, lap-dancing, women in prison, stigma, deviance, whiteness and the ‘chav’ woman, celebrity, consumption, disability, poverty, women and madness, sociology of health (particularly mental health and women’s sexual health). I am very interested in sociological theory and creative sociological research methods including reading aloud, narrative methods and visual methods.

Publications

Ahearne, G (2014) A review – Flexible Workers: Labour, Regulation and the Political Economy of the Stripping Industry, Crit Comm, Council For European Studies

Connelly, L., Ahearne, G., Jarvis-King, L (December 2015) (eds.) Blurred Lines: The Contested Nature of Sex Work in a Changing Social Landscape – Graduate Journal of Social Science, Vol 11. No. 2

Ahearne, G (December 2015) ‘Between Lap Dancing and Academia: Navigating Stigma and Disgust’, Graduate Journal of Social Science, Vol 11, No. 2, pp. 28-37

Ahearne, G (January 2016) ‘Paying the Price: Sex Workers in Prison and the Reality of Stigma’, ‘Prison Services Journal, No, 223, pp. 24-30

Ahearne, G (Forthcoming 2017/2018) ‘They Only Care When There’s a Murder On: Sex Workers in Prison ‘  Journal of Criminal Psychology

Ahearne, G (forthcoming) Sex Workers in Prison Project Evaluation Report, London: Ministry of Justice

Editorial Board of Gender, Sex and Sexuality Studies (specialty section of Frontiers in Sociology and Frontiers in Psychology) as Review Editor, February 2016-current

My Leeds Beckett University profile is here.

 

Conference Papers

‘Being a Sociologist: from EBL to Post-Graduate study’(Keynote Speaker) Studying Sociology Student Conference, Liverpool John Moores University, March 2013

Lap dancing in Liverpool: Translating moral panics on sex work’ Translation and Transformation, University of Sheffield, June 2013

‘Slut Shaming: The Anxiety Of Excess’ Youth Sexualities, University of Durham, October 2013

(Re)Imagining the Researcher (Re)Discovering the ‘Other’ Postgraduate Bi-annual Sex Work Conference, University of Leeds, January 2014

‘Sex Worker Experiences of Prison: From Punishment to Exiting, An overview’ Research Cafe, Liverpool John Moores University, March 2014

‘Engaging With Female Sex Workers in Prison Through Literature’, Engaging with Gender Issues, University of Liverpool, Blackburne House, April 2014

‘I know why the caged bird sings: narrative and nuance through shared reading with female prisoners’ Gender Conference, University of Lancaster, April 2014

‘Researching Sex Workers in the UK: A New Appreciative Approach’ (with Lucy Binch) British Sociological Association Annual Conference, University of Leeds, April 2014

‘Down the Rabbit Hole: Exploring Prison Experience Through a Literary Lens’ PORESO Ph.D Symposium, Leeds Beckett University, June 2014

‘The Imprisoned Body: Female Sex Workers’ Experiences of Prison’, Talking Bodies International Conference, University of Chester, March 2015

‘The Narratives of Female Sex Workers in Prison’, North West Gender Conference, University of Manchester, April 6th 2015

Paying the Price: Sex Workers in Prison and the Reality of Stigma, ‘Prison Research Network Annual Conference, Leeds Beckett University, 12th April 2016

 

Invited Talks

 

Gender and Crime panel, Birmingham City University, November 11th 2014

Soap Box Session, ‘Sex Work’ North West Gender Conference, University of Manchester, April 2015

 

Online Publications

 

How Can We Protect Sex Workers?

Bodies of Excess: Aintree Races

‘Sex Work IS work’, June 26th 2013, FWSA

‘Snog Marry Avoid: The Moral Economies of Whiteness’, 14th May 2013, Celebrity Youth

 

Guest Lectures

 

Facing Your Final Year, September 2012, Level 6, Sociology, Liverpool John Moores University

Doing Your Dissertation, September 2012, Level 5, Methods, Sociology, Liverpool John Moores University

Guided Walk of Sexual Entertainment Venues, November 2013, Social Research Methods, Level 5 Sociology module, Liverpool John Moores University

Gender, Power and Resistance, February 2013, Identities Power and Inequalities, Level 4 Sociology module, Liverpool Johnh Moores University

Sex Work Wars: The Politics of Sex Work, March 2014, Body Politics Level 6 Sociology module, Liverpool John Moores University

Guided Walk of SEVS, March 2014, Body Politics Level 6 Sociology module, Liverpool John Moores University

Dirty White Celebrity Chavs March 2014, Race Power and Resistance Level 6 Sociology module, Liverpool John Moores University

Sex Workers: Excluded by Theory? March 2014, Exclusion, Marginalisation & Mobilisation Level 6 Criminology module, Liverpool John Moores University

The Daily Fail and Women: A Case Study of Misogyny in the Media November 2014, Body Politics Level 6 Sociology module, Liverpool John Moores University

Methods in Action, November 2014, MRes module, Liverpool John Moores University

Migrant Sex Workers and Trafficking Discourse, November 2014, Globalization and the Sex Trade, Level 6 Sociology module, Leeds Beckett University

Revisiting Whiteness and Social Exclusion January 2015, Race Power and Resistance Level 6 Sociology module, Liverpool John Moores University

Women in Prison February 2015, Level 5 Criminology module, University of Lancaster

Celebrity Culture and Consumption February 2015, Consumption in Global Societies Level 5 Sociology module, Liverpool John Moores University

Sex Work Wars: The Politics of Sex Work and Experiencing this in Practice , February 2015, Body Politics Level 6 Sociology module, Liverpool John Moores University

Guided Walk of SEVS in Liverpool, February 2015, Body Politics Level 6 Sociology module, Liverpool John Moores University

Sex Workers: Excluded by Theory? March 2015, Exclusion, Marginalisation & Mobilisation Level 6 Criminology module, Liverpool John Moores University

Social Construction of Prostitution and Sex Workers, March 2015, Media Constructions of Crime and Deviance Level 4 Criminology module, Liverpool John Moores University

Bodies Inside Prison, March 2015, Body Politics, Level 6 Sociology Module, Liverpool John Moores University

Mapping out Liverpool’s SEVs, February 2016, Body Politics, Level 6 Sociology Module, Liverpool John Moores University

Sex Work Politics, March 2016, Body Politics, Level 6 Sociology Module, Liverpool John Moores University

Media Bodies, March 2016, Body Politics, Level 6 Sociology Module, Liverpool John Moores University

The stigma of sex workers in prison, Sex Workers: Excluded by Theory? April 2016, Exclusion, Marginalisation & Mobilisation Level 6 Criminology module, Liverpool John Moores University

 

Sessional Lecturer experience

 

Lecturer-

Sociological Perspectives, Level 4 Sociology, LJMU (2014)

Identities Power and Inequalities, Level 4 Sociology, LJMU (2014)

Body Politics, Level 6 Sociology, LJMU (2014/2015)

Body Politics, Level 6 Sociology, LJMU (2015/2016)

Body Politics, Gender Sexuality and the Body, LJMU (2016/2017)

 

Seminar Tutor-

 

Sociological Perspectives, Level 4 Sociology, LJMU (2014)

Introduction to Criminology, Level 4 Criminology, LJMU (2014)

Media Constructions of Crime and Deviance, Level 4 Criminology, LJMU (2013/14)

Identities Power and Inequalities, Level 4 Sociology, LJMU (2014)

Media Crime and Deviance, Level 4 Criminology, LJMU, (2014/15)

Studying Society, Level 4 Sociology, LJMU (2014/15)

Psychology and Crime, Level 5 Criminology, Leeds Beckett University (2014)

Advanced Research Methods, Level 5 Psychology, Leeds Beckett University (2015)

Advanced Research Methods, Level 5 Psychology, Leeds Beckett University, (2016)

Identities and Studying Sociology, Level 4 Sociology, LJMU (2016)

Sociological Imaginations, Level 4 Sociology, LJMU (2016)

Researching the Everyday, Level 4 Sociology, LJMU (2016)

Culture and Sociology, Level 4 Sociology, LJMU (2016)

Globalisation, Development and Society, Level 4 Sociology, LJMU (2016)

Social Research Methods, Level 5 Sociology, LJMU (2016)

Ethnic and Racial Politics Power, Conflict and Participation, Level 6 Sociology, LJMU (2016)

Body Politics, Gender Sexuality and The Body, Level 6 Sociology, LJMU (2016)

Being a Criminologist, Level 4 Criminology, Leeds Beckett University (2016)

Doing Criminological Research, Level 5 Criminology, Leeds Beckett University (2016)

 

Awards

The David McEvoy Prize for Sociology, Liverpool John Moores University, 2012

Best in Class, Sociology, Liverpool John Moores University, 2012

 

Funding

3 year Ph.D studentship, October 2013-October 2016, CeSAR, Leeds Beckett University

Higher Education Authority (HEA) £300 funding for Photo Voice training, 2012

 

Experience of organising events/ editing

Editorial Board of Gender, Sex and Sexuality Studies (specialty section of Frontiers in Sociology and Frontiers in Psychology) as Review Editor, February 2016- current

Co-Editor of Guest Edition of Graduate Journal of Social Science, ‘Blurred Lines: The Contested Nature of Sex Work in a Changing Social Landscape’, March 2015

Organising Committee member for Poreso Annual Symposium, Leeds Beckett University, 11th June 2014

Co-Organiser of two streams at the Royal Geographical Conference, August 2014 “Researching Sexed Spaces: (Re)Imagining the Researcher and (Re)Discovering the ‘Other’ in Understanding Lived Experiences of Exclusion” (Sponsored by the Space, Sexualities & Queer Research Group) Organisers: Emily Cooper (Lancaster University) and Gemma Ahearne (Leeds Beckett University) Co-Lead PORESO, Leeds Beckett University, 2014/2015

 

Media

 

PlasticDollHeads in the Media

 

Professional Memberships

 

British Sociological Association (BSA)

Associate Fellow of the Higher Educational Academy (AFHEA)

Yorkshire Academic Sex Work Consortium

Prison Research Network Leeds Beckett University

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