Sexual Violence in History: A Bibliography

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First published: November 1, 2023 - Last updated: November 1, 2023


Organizers: Emily Bridger and Ruth Beecher

Title: 'Do No Harm'

Subtitle: Researching the Pasts, Present, and Futures of Sexual Violence

Place: Birkbeck, University of London, London, United Kingdom

Date: May 31 - June 2, 2023

Language: English

Keywords: Modern History


Online Program: Birbeck, University of London (Free Access)


- Emily Bridger, Department of History, University of Exeter - ResearchGate

- Ruth Beecher, School of Historical Studies, Birkbeck - University of London - ResearchGate

  Thursday - 1st June 2023
  9:15-9:30 - Arrival & Welcome: Emily Bridger and Ruth Beecher
  9:30-9:45 - Opening Remarks: Joanna Bourke
  9:45-11:15 - Session 1
  Interviews and Methodological Unease - Chair: Ruth Beecher
  Tutku Ayhan, 'Researching Sexual Violence in Post-Atrocity Settings: Ethical and Methodological Dilemmas'
  Emily Bridger, 'Life History Interviews and Sexual Violence in South Africa:Lessons from the South Africa's Hidden War Project'
  Tracey Loughran, '"Everyday" Stories of Sexual Violence: Accidental Elicitation and the Afterlives of Interviews'
  11:15-11:30 - Break
  11:30-13:00 - Session 2
  Childhood and the Family: Methodological Reflections on Researching Sexual Violence - Chair: Emily Bridger
  Victoria Hoyle, 'En/Countering Twentieth Century Child Sexual Abuse in the Archives'
  Ruth Beecher, 'Bearing witness to distress? The historian, thehealth practitioner and the sexually abused child'
  Adeline Moussion-Esteve, 'Unsettling trauma-informed representations of victimhood: Researching sexual violence from the perspective of women parenting while experiencing domestic violence'
  Rape Laws and Legal Reform - Chair: Emma Yapp
  Dipali Anumol, 'Multipliers of Slow Violence: Feminist Activism, Legal Reform and Responses to Sexual Violence in India'
  Allison McKibban, 'The "Problem of Sexual Violence": Rethinking Policy Analysis Tools using the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)'
  13:00-14:00 - Lunch
  14:00-15:15 - Workshop
  Histories and Futures of Collective Care: The Rosine Association and Rosine 2.0
  Jordan Landes (Project Co-Director, Rosine 2.0 and Curator, Friends Historical Library, Swarthmore College)
  Katie L. Price (Project Director, Rosine 2.0 and Senior Associate Director, Lang Center, Swarthmore College)
  Yema Rosado (Community Liaison, Rosine 2.0, and Holistic Sex Educator)
  Naiymah Sanchez (Advisory Committee Member, Rosine 2.0 and Trans Justice Coordinator, ACLU PA)
  15:15-15:30 - Break
  15:30-17:30 - Session 3
  Making Violence Visible - Chair: George Severs
  Rachel Sandwell, 'Over Her Dead Body: The Politics of Gendered Violence in South African Liberation Movement Fiction'
  Ximena Goecke, 'Sexual Political Violence in Chile: Why do we need a feminist historical account?'
  Natalia Milanesio, 'Argentine Feminists against Sexual Violence in the Return to Democracy (1983-1990)'
  Lauren Gutterman, 'Becoming Visible: Gay and Bisexual Men's Leadership in the Movement against Childhood Sexual Abuse'
  18:30 - Conference Dinner
  Friday - 2nd June 2023
  9:00-10:30 - Session 4
  Colonial Archives of Sexual Violence - Room 206 - Chair: Erin Hazan
  Ruchika Sharma, 'Witnessing Gender, Testifying Race: Sexual Violence against "Native" Women in Early Colonial Bengal'
  Rhian Keyse, '"A man cannot in law be convicted of rape upon his own wife": Consent, coercion, and colonial histories of sexual violence in 1930s Swaziland'
  Deana Heath, 'Sexual Violence, Colonialism, and the Archive'
  10:30-10:45 - Break
  10:45-12:15 - Session 5
  The Medicalisation of Sexual Violence - Chair: Victoria Hoyle
  Eric Rindal, 'Humanitarian Responses in Jordan to Sexual Violence against Syrian Men: Medicalisation, Rationalisation, and Denial'
  Whitney Wood, '"Indecent Examinations": Gynecological Violence in Late-Twentieth Century Canada'
  Akosua Paries-Osei, 'The Biology of Difference: The Legaland Medical Fetishisation of African Girlhood'
  Workshop: Writing about Difficult Things: A Creative Writing Workshop
  12:15-13:00 - Lunch
  13:00-13:45 - Workshop
  Working together with feminist community archives to preserve histories of sexual violence
  13:45-14:00 - Break
  14:00-15:30 - Session 6
  Erasures and Silences in the Sources - Chair: Lauren Cantillon
  Chloé Poitras-Raymond, 'Preserving Reputation: The Methodological Challenges of Erasure in Military Archives (WWII)'
  Meryem Kalayci and Susan Grayzel, 'Writing through the silence: History and wartime sexual violence after 100 years'
  Early Modern Cultures of Coercion - Chair: Mara Keire
  Clare Burgess, 'Reading Rape: Questions of Consent in Early Modern Lyon and Seville'
  Mita Choudhury, 'Grooming and the Power of Faith in Eighteenth Century France'
  Cathy McClive, 'Gender, Sexual Violence, and Murder in the Claudine Rouge Affair, 1767'
  15:30-15:45 - Break
  15:45-17:15 - Session 7
  Narrating Sexual Violence - Chair: Allison McKibban
  Karen Vallgårda, 'Historicizing Experiences of Sexual Violence'
  Mara Keire, 'She said, he said, he said: Narrative destruction in a New York City rape case, 1916-1917'
  Julie Wheelwright, 'Advocacy, ethics, and objectivity: How journalism frames the reportage of gender-based violence'
  17:15-17:30 Conclusions

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