The bibliography provides information on writings dealing with the history of rape, including sexual child abuse, sexual harassment, sexual molestation, child prostitution, forced prostitution, sexual slavery, sexual(ized) violence. The blog informs about calls for papers, forthcoming events and new literature in this field.

April 8, 2010

BOOK: Regina Mühlhäuser. Eroberungen: Sexuelle Gewalttaten und intime Beziehungen deutscher Soldaten in der Sowjetunion 1941–1945.

Hamburg: Hamburger Edition, 2010. 416pp.

ART: Jan Friedmann. "Schlagkraft statt Sühne."

In: Der Spiegel No. 12 (March 22, 2010): pp. 39-40.

Abstract: "Rassebewusst und enthaltsam - so wünschten sich die NS-Ideologen ihre Soldaten an der Ostfront. Die Realität sah anders aus: Eine neue Studie untersucht die sexuellen Übergriffe deutscher Soldaten während des Krieges gegen die Sowjetunion - und zerstört die Legende von der sauberen Wehrmacht."

Full Text: Spiegel Online.

LECT: Regina Mühlhäuser. "Eroberungen. Sexuelle Gewalttaten und intime Beziehungen deutscher Soldaten in der Sowjetunion 1941-1945."

Colloquium "Neuere Forschungen zur Gewaltgeschichte des Nationalsozialismus". Historisches Seminar, Universität Hamburg, June 15, 2010.

More information: H-Soz-u-Kult.

CFP: Rape in Crime Fiction

"Katarina Gregersdotter and Berit Åström of Umeå University in Sweden and Tanya Horeck of Anglia Ruskin University in the UK invite contributions for a collection of essays, which will discuss and theorise the various roles that rape plays in contemporary Scandinavian and Anglophone crime fiction."
Extended submission deadline for proposals: April 30, 2010.

More information: Call for Papers website or H-Net Announcements.

CFP: Tainted Love: Screening Sexual Perversities

"Original proposals are sought for an edited collection on the representation of sexual perversities on screen. The screen has a long history of providing a space in which taboo sexual practices and perversions have been played out in multiple and diverse ways. Matters of taboo and perversity are too often located within discourses of moral panic, degeneracy, deviance and disease, which present those who enact such sexualities as modern folk devils. The contemporary screen has explicitly and expressively interacted with such discourses and debates."
Submission deadline for proposals: June 1, 2010.

More information: Call for Papers website.

CFP: Masculine Identifications

University of Huddersfield, UK, July 9-11, 2010.

"The development of masculinities as a distinctive area of research coincided with the prominence of identity politics in the 1990s and the growth of the fields of gender studies and queer theory, which spread across a variety of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. These developments not only have complicated our understanding of masculine norms but also raise questions about how these norms have been sustained and/or transformed by various discourses, practices and texts, ranging from spectacular public interventions to everyday domestic performances."
Submission deadline: April 16, 2010.

Further information: H-Net Announcements.

CFP: Children and World War II

"I am organizing a panel entitled "Children and World War II: New Perspectives" to be presented at the annual meeting of the Social Science History Association in Chicago, November, 2010. (For more information about the organization and the conference, please go to If you are working in this field and would like to take part, please contact me."

Further information: H-Net Announcements.

CFP: Women's Memory-Work: Gendered Dilemmas of Social Transformation

University of Limerick, Ireland, August 24-26, 2010.

"The 3-day international conference Women's Memory-Work: Gendered Dilemmas of Social Transformation seeks to explore women-centered expressions of historical experience as fertile ground for cultural agency and social transformation in national and transnational socioeconomic and political arenas. Inspired by the United Nations Security Council Resolutions 1325 and 1820, which call for a gender-sensitive implementation of national stability in peacekeeping operations, this conference invites the participation of scholars, activists and artists whose work addresses women’s engagement with the public memory of nations emerging from conflict and belonging to the class of "transitioning democracies." At the same time, the conference intends to generate a larger dialogue that includes insights associated with women's production of and participation in public and commemoration rituals in polities that are beyond the "transitioning" phase of democratic development, but which remain entangled in dilemmas of uneven historical and political representation and economic/territorial disparities."
Submission deadline for abstracts: April 16, 2010.

Further information: H-Net Announcements.

CFP: Crime Across Cultures: An Interdisciplinary Conference

University of Leeds, UK, September 9-10, 2010.

"This conference seeks to examine how discourses of crime and criminality are produced in a global context that extends well beyond the cloisters of Orwell’s English middle class. Such discourses are generated across the disciplinary spectrum – legal studies, the visual arts, the humanities, the social sciences, geography, environmental studies and even the hard sciences – suggesting that, in an age of terrorism, cyber scams, corporate corruption, drug wars, cross-cultural conflict and engineered ecological and biological threats, crime is itself becoming increasingly fractured and difficult to define.
We intend to investigate how representations of crime not only reflect upon but actively engage in processes of cross-cultural exchange. We ask how writers and cultural practitioners from around the world have appropriated and reconfigured the form and aesthetics of crime fiction, often moving beyond the detective novel in order to experiment with a variety of media including short fiction, poetry, film, photography, music, graphic novels and pulp magazines. The conference also opens a space for debates regarding the ethics of representing crime."
Submission deadline for abstracts: May 28, 2010.

Further information: Calls for Papers website.

CFP: War Stories: War Memories in History and Literature

University of Newcastle, Australia, November 22-24, 2010.

"The aim of this symposium is to compare different aspects and or approaches to war memoirs and, by so doing, lay the foundations for new potential interdisciplinary collaborations. It will also contribute to a broader discussion on the experience of war across cultural boundaries. ... Proposals for papers of thirty minutes are invited from scholars from across the disciplines working on any aspect of the war memoir from the early modern period to the present day, from European, Central and South American, African, Middle Eastern, and Asian conflicts. ... The symposium will be limited to no more than twenty participants."
Submission deadline for proposals: June 1, 2010.

Further information: H-Net Announcements.

CFP: Gender Codes

Canadian Initiative in Law Culture and the Humanities 2nd Biennial Workshop. Ottawa, Ontario, October 22-24, 2010.

"The theme that we have selected for the next Canadian Initiative in Law Culture and the Humanities (CILCH) workshop is gender. We are interested in exploring how gender is and has been constructed, deconstructed, performed, codified, encoded, decoded, played with, inscribed, transformed or rejected in and by law, culture and the humanities. The workshop will draw upon a wide variety of approaches to gender(s) and related issues and questions – feminist, queer, masculinity studies, post structuralist, historical, and critical race approaches. We will examine issues of identity, sexuality, fluidity, conformity, disruption, the body, and more.
The central theme will be gender in relation to law and the humanities; the variations will be diverse and rich."
Submission deadline for proposals: June 15, 2010.

Further information: H-Net Announcements.

CFP: Critical Theory: Violence and Reconciliation

The Second Annual Critical Theory Conference, University of Exeter, September 24, 2010.

"Critical Theory: Violence and Reconciliation is a one-day interdisciplinary event designed to bring together postgraduate students working in the fields of English, Modern Languages, Politics, Film and Drama. The central theme of the conference addresses interpretations of violence and/or reconciliation. How should we interpret violence? What constitutes reconciliation and is it always desirable? Is critical theory distanced from violence or an act of violence itself?"
Submission deadline for abstracts: July 12, 2010.

Further information: Calls for Papers website.

CFP: Feminism 2010

"Feminism 2010: One decade into the new millennium, what have we gained? What have we lost? How do we shape feminism for the next decade? MP Journal is seeking academic papers, book reviews, and other well-written inquiries on the subject of feminism in the coming decade."
Submission deadline: April 30, 2010.

More information: Call for Papers website or H-Net Announcements.

CFP: Teaching Sex

"The editors of Transformations: The Journal of Inclusive Scholarship and Pedagogy seek articles (5,000-10,000 words) and media essays (overviews of books, film, video, performance, art, music, websites, etc.-3,000 to 5,000 words) on the pedagogy of sexuality. Submissions should explore sexuality from within the pedagogical contexts and spaces of colleges and universities; prisons; HIV risk reduction interventions; K-12; law schools; pre-med, medical school, and nursing programs; museums, libraries and archives; global justice movements; virtual public spheres; and community outreach)."
Submission deadline: June 15, 2010.

More information: Call for Papers website.

CFP: Representation of Masculinities in Spanish Film: Cross-Cultural and Interdisciplinary Approaches

"Post Script: Essays in Film and the Humanities (Texas A & M University-Commerce) welcomes submissions on Representations of Masculinities in Spanish film for a special issue. Post Script encourages original manuscripts in this area from scholars and academics as well as filmmakers."
Submission deadline: July 31, 2010.

More information: Call for Papers website.