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New Directions in Sexual Violence Scholarship Workshop

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Lady Hale Moot Court

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The question of how to generate meaningful change in the area of sexual violence is a perennial problem for feminist scholars. This, however, is preceded by another question that is sometimes neglected: How do we effectively theorise what sexual violence is, what it means and why it happens? The legal and policy environment in which we conduct research gives the impression of simultaneous movement and stasis in which a lot is said and planned but very little seems to change; a veritable ‘review-go-round’, in Jan Jordan’s words. In an environment that prioritises fast and tangible ‘impactful’ research, how do we find the space to generate new theoretical insights that might help us better to inform law and policy?

This workshop is designed to provide a forum for these discussions and for the development of work that seeks the fruitful integration of feminist theory and praxis. We therefore invite submissions that engage with and develop feminist theoretical scholarship around sexual violence, broadly conceived. The workshop seeks to bring together leading scholars, activists and researchers whose work urges us to ‘think differently’ about sexual violence as a problem for law, politics and society.

Topics for discussion might include, but are not limited to:

  • New insights from historical or archival research into policy and law on sexual violence.
  • Resistance to rape without the state.
  • New directions in feminist epistemology and sexual violence narrative studies.
  • The relationship between feminist anti-racist activist politics and law and legal institutions.
  • Critical reflections on the analytic tradition and its usefulness for feminist rape research.
  • The practice of sexual violence activism in higher education.

The workshop will be concluded by a public keynote address by Louise du Toit, Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Stellenbosch and University of Bristol IAS Benjamin Meaker Visiting Professor.

The full agenda and details on abstract deadlines can be found here.

If you have any enquries about this event, please contact Yvette Russell

If you have any special dietary/access requirements, please contact Paige Spicer

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