Bhana co-edited the journal with Professor Mary Crewe of the University of Pretoria, and Professor Peter Aggleton of the University of New South Wales in Australia.
The themed issue seeks to answer some of the big questions concerning how sex, sexualities and education continue to be constructed in South Africa.
Issues addressed include South African contributions to LGBT education internationally, negotiating femininity in the context of sexually explicit materials, male teachers and same-sex desire, feminine sexual desire and shame in the classroom, and the use of innovative methods such as photovoice in working with orphans to explore sexual violence.
The publication has grown steadily over the years to become one of the leading journals internationally in the field.
Said Bhana: ‘The journal recognises that sex education takes place in a range of contexts – at home, in schools, through the media and in the community.’
Sex Education welcomes papers focusing on one or more of these settings.
A symposium and launch of the special issue took place recently with a keynote address by Dean and Head of UKZN’s School of Education Professor Thabo Msibi. The event was attended by academics from all disciplines, including education, sociology, psychology, anthropology, human geography, and gender studies.
The special guest for the event was Professor Julia Hirst of Sheffield Hallam University in England.
The entire special issue is available under open access for the month of July.