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ARCSHS Distinguished Lecture Series: Peter Aggleton

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The Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society proudly presents:

A Distinguished Lecture Series in honour of ARCSHS 25th and La Trobe University’s 50th anniversary celebrations


ARCSHS is turning 25! To celebrate we’re hosting a Distinguished Lecture Series showcasing senior academics from Australia and abroad discussing contemporary issues in sexuality, health and the social dimensions of human relationships.

Please join us for the final lecture in the series featuring Professor Peter Aggleton, Centre for Social Research in Health UNSW


Culture, Health and Sexuality: insights and perspectives from a rapidly developing field


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In this lecture, Professor Peter Aggleton looks back over the last 25 years to chart the development of what has become an increasingly legitimate field of study, focusing on the intersections between culture, health and sexuality.

He traces the origins of this inter-disciplinary and cross-perspectival development to dissatisfaction with the earlier ‘single perspective’ accounts of sex, sexual relationships and sexual life offered by disciplines such as demography, anthropology, psychology and sociology.

Of influence too has been the impact of social movements (particularly LGBTQ activism and second wave feminism) in advocating for rights and social change. Finally, the advent of HIV provided additional impetus to what has become an important new way of framing issues connecting the individual to culture, community and social structure. Legitimacy for such an approach to understanding people and the socio-sexual relationships they enter into, has been provided by the emergence of a whole new field of research and scholarship resourced by specialist books and journals.

Yet such progress has not been without opposition - by some academic ‘purists’ calling for a return to what they see as less complex modes of explanation, and by policy makers seeking what they describe as programs and interventions that ‘work’.




Peter Aggleton is Scientia Professor in Education and Health in the Centre for Social Research in Health at UNSW in Australia.

He has worked internationally in health and development for over 30 years, with a focus on sexuality, well-being and health. He is the founding editor of the journal Culture, Health & Sexuality and is editor-in chief of the journal Sex Education, both published by Routledge.

Peter is an adjunct professor in the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society at La Trobe University, Australia, and holds visiting professorial positions at the UCL Institute of Education in London, and at the University of Sussex, UK.

Alongside his academic work, Peter has served as a senior adviser to numerous international agencies including UNESCO, UNFPA, UNICEF, UNAIDS and WHO.

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