Professorial Inaugural Lecture: Professor Julie Tinson

25 Apr ‘14
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12.30PM - 1.30PM

Venue: Court Room 4C1, Cottrell Building

The Stirling Management School invites you to attend the Professorial Inaugural Lecture of Professor Julie Tinson:

A Night to Remember
The high-school prom is an American institution, although its adoption in the UK has become increasingly prevalent. The market is still growing as primary school children seek to adopt and replicate this ritual as they progress to secondary school. This event, which has been compared to a mini-wedding and is described as costing on between £200 and £800 per attendee, enhances the opportunity to indulge celebrity fantasies.

However, the high school prom is not simply a frivolous, fanciful or spectacular event. This ritual and associated interactions offer a comprehensive site to explore the emotional, symbolic and value-oriented behaviours of adolescents.

Despite widespread media coverage, typically celebrated at the end of the school year, academic interest in the high-school prom has been somewhat limited. Further, although there has been some reference to ‘recession-hit’ parents few, if any, studies consider how adolescents and their families financially manage and gain access to this transition ritual and the social belonging it can provide.

In this inaugural lecture, Professor Julie Tinson will explore the meanings and significance of the high school prom, examining what it means for adolescent identities and transition, and for our understanding of what motivates adolescents to engage with this event.

The lecture will be followed by a light lunch in Room 4C6.

RSVP: To reserve a place, contact Gillian Geddes on 01786 467370 or email:

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