Kerpen, Scott

Scott Kerpen
Start date:
October 2015
Research Topic:
Post-industrial young sexualities in South Wales
Research pathway:
Research Supervisor:
Matthew Williams and Valarie Walkerdine
Supervising school:
School of Social Sciences,
Primary funding source:
ESRC Studentship

I am interested in looking at how young sexualities in post-industrial South Wales are liberated and restricted by the webs of relations from which they emerge. I want to move away from social constructionist notions of free-floating individuals, who freely negotiate their position in the social world, by considering how forces beyond our experience and control may restrict or liberate our possibilities of becoming-other. By taking a post-humanist approach, I wish to develop an understanding of sexuality that decentres the human-subject by accounting for how both human and non-human actors work together to unfold possibilities of becoming-sexual. I will be interested in how place, space, materiality and technology shape the possible negotiations of sexual positions.