Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 15:00 to 16:00
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Understanding and reducing sexual prejudice in Jamaica:
Theoretical and practical insights from a severely anti-gay society
Jamaica has an international reputation for extreme sexual prejudice. Until recently, however, no quantitative empirical research had investigated Jamaica’s sexual prejudice, leaving the prejudice poorly understood and methods of reducing it unclear. This presentation will cover Dr Keon West's research on anti-gay prejudice in Jamaica, spanning the last 10 years, explaining the current understanding of the nature and severity of the problem, and suggesting evidence-based solutions to anti-LGBT prejudice in Jamaica and similarly extreme societies.
Dr Keon West is a husband, father of 2, social psychologist and senior lecturer at Goldsmiths, University of London. He received his doctorate in Experimental Psychology from Oxford University and has subsequently worked at a number universities in the UK. His research focuses on prejudice and prejudice reduction, with a particular focus on gender, sex, sexism, sexual orientation, and sexual prejudice. Keon has published widely in social-psychological journals, has recently been awarded a large grant from the European Research Council, and has appeared multiple times on radio and television as a scientific expert.