Introduction

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.

December 11, 2011

RADIO: Nach außen abgeschlossen, nach innen hierarchisch organisiert

Title: Nach außen abgeschlossen, nach innen hierarchisch organisiert. Zwei Bücher zu sexuellem Missbrauch durch Geistliche und Lehrer an Schulen
Program: Andruck - Magazin für politische Literatur
Channel: Deutschlandfunk
Date: November 28, 2011
Duration: 06:20 min.

Description: »Im vergangenen Jahr wurden mehrere Fälle von sexuellem Missbrauch von Internatsschülern bekannt. Ein Betroffener schildert unter dem Pseudonym Jürgen Dehmers seine Erfahrungen an der Odenwaldschule. Die beiden Journalisten Bastian Obermaier und Rainer Stadler dokumentieren Fälle am bayrischen Kloster und Internat Ettal.«

Manuskript: Deutschlandfunk
Podcast: Deutschlandfunk

ART: Rape Myths

Author: Katie M. Edwards, Jessica A. Turchik, Christina M. Dardis, Nicole Reynolds und Christine A. Gidycz
Title: Rape Myths
Subtitle: History, Individual and Institutional-Level Presence, and Implications for Change
Journal: Sex Roles. A Journal of Research
Volume: 65
Issue: 11-12
Year: December 2011
Pages: 761-773
ISSN: 0360-0025 - eISSN: 1573-2762
Language: English
Full Text: SpringerLink [Restricted.]

Abstract: »Rape myths, which are present at both the individual and institutional/societal levels, are one way in which sexual violence has been sustained and justified throughout history. In light of an increasing accumulation of rape myth research across a variety of disciplines, this paper proposes to use a feminist lens to provide an overview of the historical origins of rape myths, to document the current manifestations of these myths in American society, and to summarize the current body of research literature. We focus on the history of several specific rape myths (i.e., “husbands cannot rape their wives,” “women enjoy rape,” “women ask to be raped,” and “women lie about being raped”) and how these particular myths permeate current legal, religious, and media institutions (despite their falsehood). The paper concludes with suggestions for further research and describes how existing evidence could be used to aid in eradicating rape myths at both the individual and institutional levels.« [Source: Sex Roles.]

ART: Beyond Christianity

Author: Renae Franiuk und E. Ashley Shain
Title: Beyond Christianity
Subtitle: The Status of Women and Rape Myths
Journal: Sex Roles. A Journal of Research
Volume: 65
Issue: 11-12
Year: December 2011
Pages: 783-791
ISSN: 0360-0025 - eISSN: 1573-2762
Language: English
Full Text: SpringerLink [Restricted.]

Abstract: »The Edwards et al. (2011) paper is an important review of several rape myths that are prevalent in American culture. When discussing religion, Edwards et al. (2011) present a rather thorough review of the presence of such rape myths in Christianity but lack a discussion of rape myths in other religions. Given the profound influence of religion on culture, notably the treatment of women, it is important to go beyond Christianity in a discussion of rape myths. Although there is much attention given to the treatment of women in Islam, the current paper will address religions that often receive less attention as well. Therefore, the purpose of this paper is to review the treatment of women and the use of rape myths in non-Western religions.« [Source: Sex Roles.]

ART: Is Reporting of Rape on the Rise?

Author: Kate B. Wolitzky-Taylor, Heidi S. Resnick, Jenna L. McCauley, Ananda B. Amstadter, Dean G. Kilpatrick, Kenneth J. Ruggiero
Title: Is Reporting of Rape on the Rise?
Subtitle: A Comparison of Women With Reported Versus Unreported Rape Experiences in the National Women’s Study-Replication
Journal: Journal of Interpersonal Violence
Volume: 26
Issue: 4
Year: March 2011
Pages: 807-832
ISSN: 0886-2605 - eISSN: 1552-6518
Language: English
Full Text: SAGE Journals Online [Restricted.]

Abstract: »Rape affects one in seven women nationwide. Historically, most rape victims do not report rape to law enforcement. Research is needed to identify barriers to reporting and correlates of reporting to guide policy recommendations that address such barriers. We investigated the prevalence of reporting rape among a national sample of women (N = 3,001) interviewed in 2006. The study also examined predictors of reporting as well as barriers to reporting, concerns about reporting, and women’s experiences with the reporting process. Results demonstrated that the overall prevalence of reporting (15.8%) has not significantly increased since the 1990s. Differences were found between rape types, with rapes involving drug or alcohol incapacitation or facilitation being less likely to be reported than forcible rapes. Several predictors of reporting emerged in multivariable analyses. Implications for public health and public policy are discussed.« [Source: Journal of Interpersonal Violence.]

CFP: The Journal of Law and Courts

Journal: The Journal of Law and Courts
Editor: David E. Klein
No submission deadline.

Description: »The new peer-reviewed Journal of Law and Courts invites submissions from all scholars interested in legal institutions, actors, processes, and policy. ...
We welcome papers about law and legal actors of all types, at all levels, and in all places, from trial courts in Asia to high courts in Latin America, from family law to constitutional law to international law, from litigants to lawyers to jurors to judges. Theoretical and empirical studies are equally welcome. Empirical studies may be descriptive or causal and may employ any rigorous method, qualitative or quantitative.«

More information: JSTOR.

CFP: Violence in Theory and Practice

Conference: The Seventh Annual University of Ottawa English Graduate Conference
Place: Ottawa, Canada
Date: March 16-18, 2012
Submission deadline for proposals: January 15, 2012

Description: »Violence is an ever-present phenomenon in literary texts. From Homer’s graphic descriptions of infantry combat in the Iliad, to Wilfred Owen’s haunting portrayal of the war-torn fields of Europe, to Edith Wharton’s subtle critique of Old New York as a place of ruthless social warfare, representations of violence powerfully call our attention to questions of authority, agency and power.
...
We seek papers answering these and other questions, and welcome submissions from students in all disciplines. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

- War and Violent Conflict
- Crime, Transgression and Punishment
- Pain, Trauma and Memory
- Violence and Environment/Nature
- Pugilism and Violent Sport
- Self-Harm and Suicide
- Violence and Nation
- Violence and Technology
- Elegy, Requiem and Commemoration
- Revolution, Uprising and Rebellion
- Violence and the Sacred/Religious
- Revenge, Anger, and Vengeance
- Genocide and Racial Violence
- Violence, Sex and/or Gender
- Political and Cultural Oppression«.

More information: CFP website.

CFP: 2012 Meeting of the American Society for Legal History

Conference: 2012 Meeting of the American Society for Legal History
Place: St. Louis, Missouri
Date: November 8-11, 2012
Submission deadline for proposals: February 29, 2012

Description: »The ASLH invites proposals on any facet or period of legal history, anywhere in the world.«

More information: American Society for Legal History.

November 6, 2011

PROJECT: Selling Sex in the City

Title: Selling Sex in the City: Prostitution in World Cities, 1600 to the Present
Submission deadline for proposals: November 15, 2011

Description: »The aim of this project is to write a global and comparative history of female prostitution from 1600 to the present. Notwithstanding the large number of national studies on particular aspects of prostitution (e.g. regulation, attitudes or labour market), no international comparison over a significant span of time has been attempted. This project attempts to achieve a comprehensive overview on prostitution from a global labour history perspective. It studies prostitution as a societal phenomenon as well as a form of labour, and focuses, therefore, on prostitutes’ working/living conditions and work culture.
...
The project follows a research model of earlier comparative projects conducted by the International Institute of Social History on the history of dock and textile workers. In the first phase of the project we seek to collect urban studies on the history of prostitution in different countries for the period between 1600 to the present. To facilitate international comparisons the authors of these urban overviews will be requested to respond to the topics/questions that are listed in a framework document (...). In the second phase of the project, and based upon the collection of urban overviews, a number of authors will be invited to write thematic comparative papers on prostitution with relation to migration, regulation, war/army building, colonisation, ethnicity, labour market and living conditions, influence of male working environments such as ports and army camps, socio-demographic profiling of prostitutes, prostitutes' activism and (national and international) organisation, and societal views on (female) prostitution and masculinity. These will be discussed at a conference, which will take place in Amsterdam/The Hague, on 14-16 February 2013.«

More information: International Institute of Social History.

CFP: Feminist and Women's Issues in Contemporary Irish Society

Journal: Études Irlandaises
Guest Editors: Fiona McCann and Nathalie Sebbane
Submission deadline: January 9, 2012

Description: »Contributions could question the very nature of feminism, its evolution and its status in post Celtic Tiger Ireland; they could also tackle representations of women in the contemporary media, cultural and literary landscape. Authors are also invited to focus on the specificities of female immigration to Ireland over recent years. The question of women's bodies, how they are appropriated and violated is also relevant.«

More information: CFP website or H-Net Announcements.

CFP: Comparative Approaches to Early Modern Sexualities in Literature and Culture

Conference: ACLA 2012 Annual Meeting
Place: Providence, RI
Date: March 29 - April 1, 2012
Submission deadline for proposals: November 15, 2011

Description: »This seminar, a session at ACLA 2012 to be held at Brown University, March 29th-April 1st, invites papers that present new interdisciplinary perspectives to explore “traveling” sexualities in the early modern world. Considering sexuality through various sites of “global” interactions, dialogues, circulating discourses and practices, and translations, which put pressure on traditional gender and sexual binaries and geographical boundaries, this seminar calls for papers analyzing non-heteronormative sexual interactions and/or reconfigurations of gender roles in early modern societies. Although we strongly encourage papers that address eastern and western encounters and interactions, we welcome papers analyzing other territorial interactions as well.«

More information: American Comparative Literature Association.

CFP: History, Memory, and Cultural Discourses: Representations of Violence in Literature and Cinema

Conference: ACLA 2012 Annual Meeting
Place: Providence, RI
Date: March 29 - April 1, 2012
Submission deadline for proposals: November 15, 2011

Description: »This seminar seeks to make us think about the relationship between history, memory, and cultural discourses in relation to images of violence in all forms in literature and cinema. Writers address violence aesthetically, historically, or psychologically. How does literature represent violence? Are the representations of violence clearly fictional or nearly indistinguishable from reality? How is literary violence used as a metaphor for relationships of power and domination? How do memory and violence relate to politics? How does the relationship between violence and politics conceptualize memory itself as a kind of symbolic power and influence the present construction and legitimization of politics? How does memory appear in the construction of collective memories and subjectivities through literature and cinema? Is there an ethics of memory and of the representation of violence?«

More information: American Comparative Literature Association.

CFP: Upstate New York Women's History Organization

Conference: Upstate New York Women's History Organization
Place: Binghamton, NY
Date: April 21, 2012
Submission deadline for proposals: December 1, 2011

Description: »We invite proposals covering any aspect of women's and gender history, defined broadly to include all nations/continents, time periods, and related disciplines, and we encourage scholars from across New York State and around the region to participate.«

More information: H-Net Announcements.

CFP: Violence Studies

Conference: Violence Studies Conference 2012
Place: Newcastle, Australia
Date: August 21-23, 2012
Submission deadline: May 1, 2012

Description: »The Humanities Research Institute at the University of Newcastle invites academics from a wide a variety of disciplines — including anthropology, art, criminology, history, international relations, law, literature, psychology, philosophy, political science and sociology — to submit proposals for panels and individual papers at its conference, Histories of Violence, to be held in the city of Newcastle from 21-23 August 2012. ... The program committee welcomes panels and paper proposals that deal with the history of violence in the broadest sense, in all parts of the world, from the fifteenth century to the present day. In order to complement the Humanities Research Institute’s continuing strengths in the history of violence, the Committee encourages proposals that involve histories of gender and race, cultural history, and religious history.«

More information: Centre for the History of Violence, University of Newcastle, Australia.

October 8, 2011

ART: Re-reading rape in The Changeling

Author: Frances E. Dolan
Title: Re-reading rape in The Changeling
Subtitle: -
Journal: The journal for early modern cultural studies
Volume: 11
Issue: 1
Year: Spring-Summer 2011
Pages: 4-29
ISSN: 1531-0485 - eISSN: 1553-3786
Language: English
Full Text: Project MUSE [Restricted.]

Abstract: »Some critics have argued that Middleton and Rowley’s play The Changeling depicts a rape. This article engages that argument by re-reading the play, first in relation to Janet Halley’s proposal that we “take a break” from the feminist project of “carrying a brief for” the feminine; and second in relation to recent historical research that deepens our understanding of the available ways of describing and assessing sexual coercion in seventeenth-century England. Placing particular emphasis on Beatrice-Joanna’s strategic, even exploitative, self-assertions, this article argues that the play does not depict rape as defined by statutes. Yet, as this article shows, the play participates in the history of sexual coercion and consent nonetheless. This is a history that motivates feminism. It is also a history from which we cannot take a break, however much we might wish to do so. We can, however, take a break from trying to reach a verdict on Beatrice-Joanna’s culpability in order to see how complexly the play depicts her agency.« [Source: Journal for early modern cultural studies.]

ART: Representing gender and sexual trauma

Author: Anne Donadey
Title: Representing gender and sexual trauma
Subtitle: Moufida Tlatli’s Silences of the Palace
Journal: South Central review
Volume: 28
Issue: 1
Year: Spring 2011
Pages: 36-51
ISSN: 0743-6831 - eISSN: 1549-3377
Language: English
Full Text: Project MUSE [Restricted.]

Abstract: »Tunisian filmmaker Moufida Tlatli’s 1994 Arabic-language feature film, The Silences of the Palace, stages the traumatic situation of female servants in the household of Tunisian princes in the period before and after Tunisian independence from France in 1956. The film focuses on the ways in which female gender and sexuality are lived in a traumatic mode in the palace. Issues of gender, social class, and colonization intersect in the film, which centers on the relationship between a teenage daughter whose father is unknown, Alia, and her mother, the servant Khedija, who are both struggling with issues of sexual abuse. The film highlights the following aspects of gender and sexual trauma: flashbacks; endemic sexual abuse that is widespread and repeated over generations; the transgenerational transmission of trauma due to secrets and silences around sexuality and sexual abuse; resulting physical symptoms (such as chronic migraines, fainting, dissociation, neurasthenia and aphasia); the lack of avenues of escape; and finally, paths to possible healing (such as music and singing and, eventually, national independence). Far from representing an individualized situation, the film portrays Alia as embodying the entire country. This national allegory indicates that if Tunisia gained its independence, Tunisian women’s liberation is still to come since Alia’s life has repeated her mother’s patterns. The film thus seeks to make a feminist intervention into contemporary Tunisian politics and culture. At the end of the film, Alia decides to keep her illegitimate child against her boyfriend’s wishes and to call her Khedija, after her own mother. This open ending leaves the audience wondering whether little Khedija, who is also lacking a legal father, will repeat her mother’s and grandmother’s patterns. The film makes it clear that the answer lays in the future gender politics of the Tunisian nation, which Tlatli hopes to inflect for the better.« [Source: South Central review.]

ART: The sexual abuse of black men under American slavery

Author: Thomas A. Foster
Title: The sexual abuse of black men under American slavery
Subtitle: -
Journal: Journal of the history of sexuality
Volume: 20
Issue: 3
Year: September 2011
Pages: 445-364
ISSN: 1043-4070 - eISSN: 1535-3605
Language: English
Full Text: Project MUSE [Restricted.]

ART: “Crimes which startle and horrify”

Author: Estelle B. Freedman
Title: “Crimes which startle and horrify”
Subtitle: Gender, age, and the radicalization of sexual violence in white American newspapers, 1870-1900
Journal: Journal of the history of sexuality
Volume: 20
Issue: 3
Year: September 2011
Pages: 465-497
ISSN: 1043-4070 - eISSN: 1535-3605
Language: English
Full Text: Project MUSE [Restricted.]

ART: “A base and unmanly conspiracy”

Author: Rodney Hessinger
Title: “A base and unmanly conspiracy"
Subtitle: Catholicism and the Hogan schism in the gendered religious marketplace of Philadelphia
Journal: Journal of the early republic
Volume: 31
Issue: 3
Year: Autumn 2011
Pages: 357-396
ISSN: 0275-1275 - eISSN: 1553-0620
Language: English
Full Text: Project MUSE [Restricted.]

Abstract: »When the Catholic priest William Hogan was charged with the attempted rape and assault of parishioner Mary Connell in 1821, the ensuing trial fed a debate about gender and religion in the early national era. Fears about gender disruption had already been at the heart of the so-called Hogan Schism. St. Mary’s Church in Philadelphia, like many other Catholic and Protestant congregations, felt the market strains of the Second Great Awakening, as followers pushed for more authority in their churches. Hogan had accommodated this desire, crafting a republican message and charismatic persona that appealed to male and female congregants alike. In doing so, he inflamed a long standing fight for power between the church hierarchy and elected trustees. As competing churchmen fought for adherents they found that women’s efforts on their behalf were central to their struggle. Hogan would resent the bishop’s seeming deployment of a female agent to bring him down. Yet Hogan himself had relied on this same woman, Mary Connell, to advance his cause. In addition, Hogan, a noted dandy, saw his very manhood interrogated from several quarters amidst these disputes. His seeming charm over female parishioners opened difficult questions about the nature of masculinity within a church that demanded celibacy of its clergy. In the long term, the schism and trial encouraged damaging criticism of Catholicism that would inform antebellum strains of nativism. Hogan himself would exploit this potential by portraying women as one of the primary victims of the unchecked power vested in priests. In both literal and metaphorical fashion, the Hogan Schism proved an “unmanly” dispute.« [Source: Journal of the early republic.]

ART: Haunted history and the birth of the republic in Middleton’s Ghost of Lucrece

Author: Donald Jellerson
Title: Haunted history and the birth of the republic in Middleton’s Ghost of Lucrece
Subtitle: -
Journal: Criticism
Volume: 53
Issue: 1
Year: Winter 2011
Pages: 53-82
ISSN: 0011-1589 - eISSN: 1536-0342
Language: English
Full Text: Project MUSE [Restricted.]

ART: The career girl murders

Author: Marilynn S. Johnson
Title: The career girl murders
Subtitle: Gender, race, and crime in 1960s New York
Journal: WSQ. Women’s studies quarterly
Volume: 39
Issue: 1-2
Year: Spring-Summer 2011
Pages: 244-261
ISSN: 0732-1562 - eISSN: 1934-1520
Language: English
Full Text: Project MUSE [Restricted.]

ART: Rape as weapon of war in the Eastern DRC?

Author: Anna Maedl
Title: Rape as weapon of war in the Eastern DRC?
Subtitle: The victims’ perspective
Journal: Human rights quarterly
Volume: 33
Issue: 1
Year: February 2011
Pages: 128-147
ISSN: 0275-0392 - eISSN: 1085-794X
Language: English
Full Text: Project MUSE [Restricted.]

Abstract: »Rampant sexual violence is one of the most horrendous human rights abuses taking place within Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (DRC) armed conflict. The UN has called these abuses “strategic” and a “weapon of war.” Both labels carry specific implications within the human rights discourse. However, there is a lack of structured data exploring these concepts in the context of the DRC. To address this empirical gap, twenty-five rape survivors were interviewed. In the eyes of the victims the rapes served a multitude of different purposes and appear to be both endemic and indiscriminate. The rapes are the modus operandi of the war.« [Source: Human rights quarterly.]

ART: Rape in contemporary warfare

Author: Sara Meger
Title: Rape in contemporary warfare
Subtitle: The role of globalization in wartime sexual violence
Journal: African conflict & peacebuilding review
Volume: 1
Issue: 1
Year: Spring 2011
Pages: 100-132
ISSN: 2156-695X - eISSN: 2156-7263
Language: English
Full Text: Project MUSE [Restricted.]

Abstract: »The systematic rape of women has been a regular feature of war, and in today’s civil conflicts, rape is a systematic and brutal weapon used by armed groups against civilian populations. Though rape has occurred in mass and systematic forms previously, it was not as primary a weapon as it is in contemporary conflicts. Civil conflict has become the primary form of warfare around the world, employing smaller arms and less conventional tactics than traditional interstate wars. It is in this context that rape has become a central feature of contemporary war.
The aim of this article is to understand firstly the function of rape in contemporary conflict and then explain the wider systemic factors that construct sexual violence as an effective and strategic weapon of war. This article argues that the extreme forms of sexual violence being used in contemporary conflicts are a result of the nature and context of these conflicts. Using the Democratic Republic of Congo as a case study, this article argues that the extreme levels of sexual violence being witnessed in this conflict are a direct outcome of the changed nature of conflict, which is itself a consequence of processes of international political and economic globalization.« [Source: African conflict & peacebuilding review.]

ART: “The is a most disgusting case”

Author: Jeremy Neill
Title: “The is a most disgusting case”
Subtitle: Imperial policy, class and gender in the “Rangoon Outrage” of 1899
Journal: Journal of colonialism and colonial history
Volume: 12
Issue: 1
Year: Spring 2011
Pages: -
eISSN: 1532-5768
Language: English
Full Text: Project MUSE [Restricted.]

ART: Women of early Rome as exempla in Livy, Ab urbe condita, book 1

Author: Tom Stevenson
Title: Women of early Rome as exempla in Livy, Ab urbe condita, book 1
Subtitle: -
Journal: Classical world
Volume: 104
Issue: 2
Year: Winter 2011
Pages: 175-189
ISSN: 0009-8418 - eISSN: 1558-9234
Language: English
Full Text: Project MUSE [Restricted.]

Abstract: »This paper examines Livy’s depiction of prominent women as exempla in book 1 of his history. It seems that the ideal public role of these women is to support the efforts of their men to make the Roman state strong and stable—a role which appears to be an elaboration of women’s efforts with respect to their families. It is clear, however, that Livy complicates each exemplum and that the women generally fall short in this role, so that the overall picture is one of inherent instability, in which men must be wary of the influence of prominent women.« [Source: Classical world.]

ART: Revising The Antiphon, restaging trauma

Author: Julie Taylor
Title: Revising The Antiphon, restaging trauma; or, where sexual politics meet textual history
Subtitle: -
Journal: Modernism/modernity
Volume: 18
Issue: 1
Year: January 2011
Pages: 125-147
ISSN: 1071-6068 - eISSN: 1080-6601
Language: English
Full Text: Project MUSE [Restricted.]

ART: Violence, visual metaphor, and the “true” Lucrece

Author: Margaret Rice Vasileiou
Title: Violence, visual metaphor, and the “true” Lucrece
Subtitle: -
Journal: SEL. Studies in English literature 1500-1900
Volume: 51
Issue: 1
Year: Winter 2011
Pages: 47-63
ISSN: 0039-3657 - eISSN: 1522-9270
Language: English
Full Text: Project MUSE [Restricted.]

Abstract: »Reanimating the 1980s critical discussion about how rhetoric in Shakespeare’s The Rape of Lucrece effects and affects the poem’s plot, this essay takes the ekphrastic scene at the center of the poem, in which Lucrece attempts to access a true Sinon hidden behind the painting’s canvas, to demonstrate how visual rhetoric motivates Tarquin’s rape of Lucrece and Lucrece’s suicide. In these violent acts, Tarquin and Lucrece attempt to surpass obfuscating representations and access unmediated truth, but discover that such truth is not obfuscated, but rather constituted, by visual metaphor. Shakespeare’s characters respond to this revelation by resurrecting visual metaphor, thereby carrying rhetorically inspired violence into Roman history.« [Source: SEL.]

ART: Sex scandals, sexual violence, and the word on the street

Author: Nathaniel D. Wood
Title: Sex scandals, sexual violence, and the word on the street
Subtitle: The Kolasówna Lustmord in Cracow’s popular press, 1905-1906
Journal: Journal of the history of sexuality
Volume: 20
Issue: 2
Year: May 2011
Pages: 243-269
ISSN: 1043-4070 - eISSN: 1535-3605
Language: English
Full Text: Project MUSE [Restricted.]

PRIZE: Susan Koppelman Award

Prize: 2012 Susan Koppelman Award for Best Anthology, Multi-Authored, or Edited Book in Feminist Studies in Popular Culture
Submission deadline: December 31, 2011

Description: »Books published in 2011 are eligible for consideration for this year’s awards.«

More information: H-Net Announcements.

CFP: Encyclopedia of military science

Book: Encyclopedia of military science
Editor: G. Kurt Piehler
Submission deadline: unknown

Description: »The Encyclopedia of Military Science and SAGE Publications is seeking contributors to write on the organization, traditions, training, purpose, and functions of today’s military. Entries include coverage of the duties, responsibilities, and authority of military personnel and an understanding of strategies and tactics of the modern military and how they interface with political, social, legal, economic, and technological factors. A large component is devoted to issues of leadership, group dynamics, motivation, problem-solving, and decision making in the military context. Finally, this work also covers recent American military history since the end of the Cold War with a special emphasis on peacekeeping and peacemaking operations, the First Persian Gulf War, the events surrounding 9/11, and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and how the military has been changing in relation to these events.«

More information: H-Net Announcements.

CFP: Murders and acquisitions

Book: Murders and acquisitions: representations of the serial killer in popular culture
Editor: Alzena MacDonald
Submission deadline for abstracts: October 14, 2011

Description: »Murders and Acquisitions analyses representations of the serial killer in popular culture. The ‘serial killer’ has become increasingly prevalent in popular culture, particularly through the mediums of film and television, since the term was coined by Robert Ressler at the FBI in the mid-1970s. It is the aim of this book to explore the social and political implications of this cultural figure. The book argues that the serial killer performs a potent instrumentality, specifically within the genres of horror and detective/crime fiction, and that the often blood-chilling representations of the serial killer and serial killing function to address contemporary concerns and preoccupations.«

More information: H-Net Announcements.

CFP: Violence and representation

Conference: ACLA 2012 Annual Meeting
Place: Providence, RI
Date: March 29 - April 1, 2012
Submission deadline for proposals: November 1, 2011

Description: »This seminar intends to put into conversation scholarly works that explore both the representation of violent acts and the violence of representation. We are interested in a diverse conversation across multiple disciplines and seek papers that deal with literary, cinematic, performative or documentary texts.
The themes these papers would manage might include but are certainly not limited to:
•state-sponsored violence; violence and temporality;
•violence and memory; the sacred and the profane;
•performance of violence;
•violence as a language; self-mutilation;
•violence and the market;
•translation and adaptation;
•iconoclasm;
•censorship and taboo;
•lexical violence;
•spectacle and public death;
•race and the body;
•violence and the subaltern.«

More information: American Comparative Literature Association.

CFP: Indecency

Conference: Thirteenth Annual Graduate Symposium on Women’s & Gender History
Place: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Date: March 1-3, 2012
Submission deadline: November 1, 2011

Description: »To celebrate and encourage further work in the field of women’s and gender history, we invite submissions from graduate students from any institution and discipline on any topic in the field of women’s and gender history.«

More information: H-Net Announcements.

CFP: Comparative approaches to early modern sexualities in literature and culture

Conference: ACLA 2012 Annual Meeting
Place: Providence, RI
Date: March 29 - April 1, 2012
Submission deadline for proposals: November 1, 2011

Description: »This seminar invites papers that present new interdisciplinary perspectives to explore “traveling” sexualities in the early modern world. Considering sexuality through various sites of “global” interactions, dialogues, circulating discourses and practices, and translations, which put pressure on traditional gender and sexual binaries and geographical boundaries, this seminar calls for papers analyzing non-heteronormative sexual interactions and/or reconfigurations of gender roles in early modern societies. Although we strongly encourage papers that address eastern and western encounters and interactions, we welcome papers analyzing other territorial interactions as well.
Some possible topics include, but are not limited to:
the East, the West, and sex
Islamicate sexualities
sexualities and religions
ancient and early modern sexualities
the Ottoman and Europeans sexual practices and representations
same-sex love and desire
‘the beloved boys’
normative sexualities and sexual politics
effeminacy and androgyny
the nature of desire and sexuality
ethnography and the representation of “other” sexualities
sexual diseases and catastrophes«

More information: American Comparative Literature Association.

CFP: Violence: probing the boundaries

Conference: 10th Global Conference
Place: Prague, Czech Republic
Date: May 13-15, 2012
Submission deadline for abstracts: November 4, 2011

Description: »This conference is one of a continuing series that aims to bring together people from a wide range of disciplines to focus on Violence. Our intention is to contribute to the body of thought which seeks to understand the nature and causes of this endemic feature of society. Such a complex phenomenon has many faces, a multitude of contexts (real or imagined), and many possible explanations in relation to causation and to the role Violence has played and still plays in societies all over the world and at every stage of development. Perpetrators may be states, political or religious factions within states, military groups, state or private institutions, communities, gangs, families or individuals. The range of possible victims is equally diverse and possible explanations range across historical, cultural, political, ethical, literary, functional, psychological, criminological, sociological, biological and economic sources. We therefore invite contributions from any and all of these disciplinary areas.«

More information: Inter-Disciplinary.Net.

CFP: Women & the Civil War

Conference: University of Maryland Libraries Symposium
Place: College Park, MD
Date: April 27, 2012
Submission deadlnie: November 15, 2011

Description: »The symposium will provide a forum for discussing the multitude of roles women played in the war and the many ways in which the war affected them. The keynote speaker will be Thavolia Glymph, Associate Professor of History and African American Studies at Duke University.
The symposium committee is especially interested in scholarship relating to Maryland women and the Civil War or to women’s experiences in the border states. Proposals relating to these topics will be given preference, but proposals relating to other aspects of the topic of women and the Civil War will also be considered.«

More information: H-Net Announcements.

CFP: Bodies on stage

Conference: 2012 CDE Conference
Place: Mülheim/Ruhr, Germany
Date: June 7-10, 2012
Submission deadline: December 31, 2011

Description: »The 2012 CDE conference aims at exploring the broad variety of recent drama in English concerning corporeality – from the importance of actors or ensembles for the production and reception of plays to the discursive experiments written on and around bodies. We invite papers in English of 20 minutes length. Possible topics include (but are not limited to):
* writing for bodies: actors and their connection with playwrights
* different strategies of representing corporeality on stage
* explorations of gender, ethnicity, class and age by cross-casting
* typecasting, celebrity casting or casting against the grain
* suffering bodies, violence and nudity and their functions
* old media of the body versus new media
* grotesque bodies
In accordance with CDE’s constitutional policy, papers should deal exclusively with contemporary (i.e. post-Beckettian, post-1989) theatre and drama in English.«

More information: German Society for Contemporary Theatre and Drama in English.

CFP: Writing and dramatising the body

Conference: Writing and dramatising the body: violence, discordance and reconfiguration in English-language literature and drama
Place: Charles de Gaulle University, Lille, France
Date: March 22-23, 2013
Submission deadline: January 12, 2012

Description: »Aside from the specificities which might distinguish fiction, drama and poetry, the question of genre/gender comes to the fore in the emphasis laid on an eroticised, sexualised, gendered body, which violence prods with particular force: the political and aesthetic issues at stake in the construction and representation of the gendered body are therefore also of chief interest.
These angles of approach are, of course, non-exhaustive and we would welcome papers dealing with these and other issues.«

More information: CFP website.

CONF: Sexuality & slavery

Conference: Sexuality & slavery: exposing the history of enslaved people in the Americas
Place: University of Texas at Austin
Date: November 11-12, 2011

Lectures:
Foster, Thomas A. “The sexual abuse of black men under American slavery.”
King, Wilma. “The sexual exploitation of enslaved girls and the legacy of slavery: what’s new?”

More information: Institute for Historical Studies, University of Texas at Austin.

September 6, 2011

RADIO: Die dunkle Seite der Reformpädagogik

Title: Die dunkle Seite der Reformpädagogik
Program : Kontext
Channel : DRS 2
Date: August 22, 2011
Duration: 28:45 min.

Description: »Vor eineinhalb Jahren haben die Opfer pädophiler Übergriffe in kirchlichen Kreisen und an der deutschen Vorzeigeschule Odenwald aufhorchen lassen. Der Zürcher Pädagogikprofessor Jürgen Oelkers hat nun mit «Eros und Herrschaft» eine umfangreiche Recherche zum Thema vorgelegt.«

Link: DRS

BOOK: Eros und Herrschaft

Author: Jürgen Oelkers
Title: Eros und Herrschaft
Subtitle: Die dunklen Seiten der Reformpädagogik
Place: Weinheim
Publisher: Beltz
Year: 2011
Pages: 340pp.
ISBN-10: 3407859376 - ISBN-13: 9783407859372
Language: German

September 4, 2011

PRIZE: Journal of Women’s History Graduate Student Article Prize

Prize: Journal of Women’s History Graduate Student Article Prize
Submission deadline: March 1, 2012

Description: »The Editorial Board of the Journal of Women’s History is proud to announce the initiation of a biennial prize for the best article manuscript in the field of women’s history authored by a graduate student. Manuscripts in any chronological and geographical area are welcome. We seek work that has broad significance for the field of women’s history in general by addressing issues that transcend the particulars of the case or by breaking new ground methodologically.
...
The winning author will receive $3000, and the article will be published in the Journal of Women’s History.«

More information: H-Net Announcements.

CFP: Colonial Girlhood/Colonial Girls

Conference: Colonial Girlhood/Colonial Girls
Place: Melbourne
Date: June 13-15, 2012
Submission deadline for abstracts: September 15, 2011

Description: »Scholars from Art History, English, Cultural Studies, History, Indigenous Studies, Education and cognate fields are invited to submit proposals that engage with any aspect of the intersection of British colonialism and girlhood in the period 1815-1930. Papers may be inspired by, but are certainly not limited to, the following themes:
• colonial girls as representative of British imperial ideals
• tensions between imperial and national/colonial identities
• the circulation of feminine ideals between colonies
• print culture and the development of gendered colonial ideals
• Indigenous girlhoods
• coming of age in the colonies
• colonial life as a threat to girlhood
• girlhoods and evolving nationalisms
• British representations of colonial femininity
• class and labour in the colonies
• the imagined role of colonial girls in the British Empire«.

More information: CFP website or H-Net Announcements.

CFP: Non-Combatant Wartime Trauma

Conference: 43rd Annual Convention of the Northeast Modern Language Association
Place: Rochester, New York
Date: March 15-18, 2012
Submission deadline for abstracts: September 30, 2011

Description: »American literature has historically ascribed the traumas of war almost entirely to the domain of the male combatant’s experience; in the process, valuable contributions on the subject by female authors have been largely overlooked. This panel seeks paper proposals exploring the role of the peripheral actor in times of war, particularly female non-combatants who are nonetheless directly affected by the traumas of war.«

More information: Northeast Modern Language Association.

CFP: Trauma: Theory and Practice

Conference: 2nd Global Conference - Trauma: Theory and Practice
Place: Prague
Date: March 21-24, 2012
Submission deadline for abstracts: October 1, 2010

Description: »This inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary conference seeks to examine and explore issues surrounding individual and collective trauma, both in terms of practice, theory and lived reality. Trauma studies have emerged from its foundation in psychoanalysis to be a dominant methodology for understanding contemporary events and our reactions to them. Critics have argued that we live in a “culture of trauma”. Repeated images of suffering and death form our collective and/or cultural unconscious. The second global conference seeks papers on a variety of issues related to trauma including the function of memory and trauma, collective and cultural trauma, time and trauma, testimony and trauma, and strategies of dealing with/coming to terms with personal/political trauma. In addition to academic analysis, we welcome the submission of case studies or other approaches from those involved with its practice, such as people in the medical profession and therapists, victims of events which have resulted in traumas on either an individual or mass scale, journalists or authors (including playwrights and poets) whose work deals with both fictional and factual trauma, and theatre professionals.
Papers, reports, work-in-progress, workshops and pre-formed panels are invited on issues related to any of the following themes:
1. Public and Political Trauma
...
2. Personal and Individual Trauma
...
3. Diagnosing and Treating Trauma
...
4. Theorising Trauma
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5. Representing Trauma
...«

More information: Inter-Disciplinary.Net.

CFP: History of Medicine and Science

Conference: 14th Annual Meeting of the Southern Association for the History of Medicine and Science
Place: Emory Conference Center in Atlanta, Georgia
Date: March 2-3, 2012
Submission deadline for abstracts: October 15, 2011

Description: »SAHMS welcomes papers on the history of medicine and science, broadly construed to encompass historical, literary, anthropological, philosophical and sociological approaches to health care and science including race, disabilities and gender studies. Participants may propose individual papers of panels of several papers on a particular theme.«

More information: Southern Association for the History of Medicine and Science.

CFP: Thinking Gender

Conference: Thinking Gender
Place: UCLA Faculty Center, Los Angeles, CA
Date: February 3, 2012
Submission deadline: October 17, 2011

Description: »Thinking Gender is a public conference highlighting graduate student research on women, gender and/or sexuality across all disciplines and historical periods. We invite submissions for individual papers or pre-constituted panels on any topic pertaining to women, gender, and/or sexuality. This year, we especially welcome feminist research on: gender roles in relation to marriage, parenting, or being single; critiques of biosciences and biotechnology as they pertain to fertility, sanitation, and/or medical experimentation at a local, national or global level; mobility as duress or success--for example, in relation to migration, immigration, or upward or downward economic mobility; life stage issues, such as aging and girls’ studies; and feminist storytelling or research in modes such as oral histories, graphic novels, theater, comedy or other inventive expressions.«

More information: UCLA Center for the Study of Women.

CFP: Taking Liberties: Sex, Pleasure, Coercion (1748-1928)

Conference: Taking Liberties: Sex, Pleasure, Coercion (1748-1928)
Place: Newcastle, UK
Date: June 15-17, 2012
Submission deadline: November 1, 2011

Description: »From the publication of John Cleland’s Fanny Hill to D.H. Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover, literature has imaginatively exploited the relationship between freedom, coercion and sexual pleasure. At the same time, the history of print, film and theatre censorship has been told as a progressive unshackling from constraint. Yet the idea of sexual liberty as an unqualified good has increasingly come under scrutiny, giving way to the realization that freedom from constraint can mean imprisonment in alternate structures of power, frustration and denial. How are the complex relations between sexual licence, pleasure and coercion understood, represented and negotiated during the long nineteenth century? How did censorship and obscenity laws shape the literary/cinematic/theatrical landscape? How were sexually controversial texts – from erotica to triple-decker novels, from peep-shows to West-End theatre – produced, circulated, preserved and consumed?«

More information: CFP website or H-Net Announcements.

CFP: Popular Culture & Sex

Conference: 2012 Southwest/Texas Popular Culture/American Culture Association
Place: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Date: February 8-11, 2012
Submission deadline: December 1, 2011

Description: »Listed below are suggestions for presentations; topics not included here are welcome & encouraged.
• Food & Sex – note that this year’s conference theme is “Foods & Culture(s) in a Global Context”
• Mediated Sexualities
• Sexual Icons
• Popular Culture & Sex Laws
• Violence & Sex
• Mainstreaming Pornography/Porning the Mainstream
• Sex, Art & Culture
• Sex in/on TV
• Hypersexualization of youth
• Sex, Risk and Pop Culture
• Campus Sex
• Sexualization and MTV
• Sex & Reality TV
• The Romance Novel
• Horror Movies & The Scream Queen: Sexualization of women in horror
• Female Sexuality and Sports
• Radicalizing Sex
• More ideas encouraged!«

More information: CFP website.

CFP: Crime and its Fictions in Africa

Conference: Crime and its Fictions in Africa: A Conversation across Disciplines
Place: Yale University
Date: March 23, 2012
Submission deadline for abstracts: December 9, 2011

Description: »The story of Africa in the world is in some ways a history of crime: from the Atlantic slave trade to the Nigerian “419” email scam, violence and illegality have often been the means by which the continent is inscribed in the Western imagination. On a more local level, crime has also served as the medium through which Africa and its peoples have negotiated engagement with globalization. Besides the obvious movement of illicit goods onto the global market, this is evident in the intricate international networks for smuggling people across the Sahara; in the prostitution rings that link parts of Africa to parts of Europe; and in the poaching syndicates driven by Asian demand for exotica such as rhino horn. The problematic role of law and/or its absence has long been the focal point of historical and social scientific work on Africa, though not without controversy over the line between voyeurism and observation.
Increasingly, fiction writers and literary scholars have also got in on the act. In South Africa, authors such as Deon Meyer and Margie Orford have topped the best-seller lists with their crime fiction, and the genre has gathered steam across the continent. What explains this development? What, if any, is the connection between the boom in writing about crime, and the problem of crime as it is experienced day to day? Finally, how can we both acknowledge crime’s dominant place in African narratives (and narratives about Africa), and question the limitations of this negative paradigm?«

More information: CFP website or H-Net Announcements.

CFP: Psychology of Sexualities

Journal: Psychology of Sexualities Review
Editor: Kristoff Bonello
Submission deadline: none.

Description: »The Psychology of Sexualities Review encourages the submission of manuscripts for peer-review and publication that cover a wide range of perspectives on the psychology of sexualities. The following types of submissions are encouraged:
• Empirical, theoretical and review articles on any aspect of the psychology of sexualities
• Reflective clinical pieces and case-studies
• Book reviews
• Bibliographic articles
• Short articles on relevant research papers, conference reports
• Short reports, commentaries and opinion pieces
• Notices of events and activities of likely interest to members of the BPS Psychology of Sexualities Section«.

More information: CFP website or H-Net Announcements.

ART: "Hört auf mit der Lüge und dem Selbstbetrug"

Interviewer: Christian Füller
Title: "Hört auf mit der Lüge und dem Selbstbetrug"
Subtitle: Missbrauch an der Odenwaldschule
Journal: Spiegel Online
Year: August 26, 2011
Language: German
Full Text: Spiegel Online [Free access.]

Abstract: »Jahrelang sprach kaum jemand über systematischen Missbrauch an der Odenwaldschule. Selbst jetzt würden sich viele Reformpädagogen noch weigern, die Verbrechen zu thematisieren, sagt Ex-Lehrer Salman Ansari. Im Interview fordert er ein Ende des Schweigens - und erhebt heftige Vorwürfe.« [Source: Spiegel Online.]

ART: "Die Macht des Starken"

Interviewers: Matthias Bartsch and Susanne Beyer
Title: "Die Macht des Starken"
Subtitle: -
Journal: Der Spiegel
Volume: -
Issue: 35
Year: August 29, 2011
Pages: 140-143
ISSN: 0038-7452
Language: German

Abstract: »Ein ehemaliger Internatsschüler der Odenwaldschule beschreibt in einem Buch seine traumatischen Erlebnisse als Opfer sexuellen Missbrauchs, seine Wut auf Täter und Mitwisser und seinen Kampf um Verarbeitung und Aufdeckung.« [Source: Der Spiegel.]

BOOK: Wie laut soll ich denn noch schreien

Author: Jürgen Dehmers
Title: Wie laut soll ich denn noch schreien
Subtitle: Die Odenwaldschule und der sexuelle Missbrauch
Place: Reinbek bei Hamburg
Publisher: Rowohlt
Year: 2011
Pages: 320pp.
Language: German

August 2, 2011

PROJECT: Der sexuelle Missbrauch an Minderjährigen durch katholische Priester, Diakone und männliche Ordensangehörige

Title: Der sexuelle Missbrauch an Minderjährigen durch katholische Priester, Diakone und männliche Ordensangehörige im Bereich der Deutschen Bischofskonferenz: Forschungskonzept für eine empirische Untersuchung

Description: »Die fünf Ziele des Forschungsprojekts
a) Die Untersuchung soll erstens belastbare Zahlen zum sexuellen Missbrauch durch Priester, Diakone und männliche Ordensangehörige erbringen – und dies einerseits im Hinblick auf die Längsschnittentwicklung seit 1945 und andererseits als Querschnittsanalyse zur aktuellen Situation der Jahre seit der Jahrtausendwende.
b) Zum zweiten geht es darum, die Entstehung und den Verlauf des Missbrauchsgeschehens aus der Sicht der Opfer nachzuvollziehen und zu klären, welche Folgen die Taten bei ihnen ausgelöst haben.
c) Ein zentrales Anliegen ist es ferner, das Handeln der Täter zu analysieren und die Bedeutung der Einflussfaktoren zu erfassen, die ihre Taten gefördert haben.
d) Viertens soll die Untersuchung klären, wie sich die Katholische Kirche gegenüber Tätern und Opfern verhalten hat.
e) Schließlich geht es darum, gestützt auf die Untersuchungsergebnisse das bisherige Präventionskonzept der Kirche zu überprüfen und falls nötig ergänzende Vorschläge zu erarbeiten.«

More information: Kriminologisches Forschungsinstitut Niedersachsen.

PROJECT: Opferbefragung 2011

Description: »Nach den jüngst bekannt gewordenen Missbrauchsfällen in Schulen und kirchlichen Einrichtungen ist ein ausgeprägter Forschungsbedarf im Bereich des sexuellen Kindesmissbrauchs erkennbar geworden. Da die bisher einzige und letzte deutsche Repräsentativbefragung, die vom KFN im Jahre 1992 durchgeführt wurde, schon 18 Jahre alt ist und in der Bundesrepublik gegenwärtig keine aktuellen, repräsentativen und wissenschaftlich gesicherten Erkenntnisse zur Thematik des sexuellen Missbrauchs von Kindern vorliegen, wird nun vom KFN eine Wiederholung und Erweiterung der Studie von 1992 durchgeführt. Sie soll aktuelle und umfassende Erkenntnisse zu fünf Bereichen (innerfamiliärer) Gewalt liefern. Zur Abbildung von Erfahrungen des sexuellen Missbrauchs und dessen Folgen und Risikofaktoren, auch hinsichtlich einer Reviktimisierung im Erwachsenenalter, werden folgende Bereiche in der Studie untersucht:
sexueller Missbrauch in der Kindheit
innerfamiliäre Gewalterfahrungen und Vernachlässigung in der Kindheit und Jugend
körperliche Gewalt in Paarbeziehungen
Vergewaltigung (innerhalb und außerhalb der Beziehung/Ehe)
Erziehungsverhalten bei den eigenen Kindern
Stalking
Die ersten 5 Gewalterfahrungen bzw. Themenbereiche waren bereits in der KFN-Untersuchung des Jahres 1992 Gegenstand der Befragung, so dass längsschnittliche Vergleiche, etwa wie sich die Häufigkeit und die Schwere sexuellen Missbrauchs und verschiedener Formen familiärer Gewalt im Laufe der vergangenen 18 Jahre verändert haben und welche Risikokonstellationen (nach wie vor) bestehen, möglich sind.«

More information: Kriminologisches Forschungsinstitut Niedersachsen.

PRIZE: OAH Lerner-Scott Prize

Organization: Organization of American Historians
Submission deadline: October 1, 2011

Description: »The Lerner-Scott Prize is given annually by the Organization of American Historians for the best doctoral dissertation in U.S. women’s history.«

More information: Organization of American Historians.

PRIZE: OAH Darlene Clark Hine Award

Organization: Organization of American Historians
Submission deadline: October 1, 2011

Description: »The Darlene Clark Hine Award is given annually by the Organization of American Historians to the author of the best book in African American women's and gender history.«

More information: Organization of American Historians.

ART: Primary Mental Health Care for Survivors of Collective Sexual Violence in Rwanda

Authors: Maggie Zraly, Julia Rubin-Smith, and Theresa Betancourt
Title: Primary Mental Health Care for Survivors of Collective Sexual Violence in Rwanda
Subtitle: -
Journal: Global Public Health
Volume: 6
Issue: 3
Year: 2011
Pages: 257-270
ISSN: 1744-1692
Language: English
Full Text: Taylor & Francis Online [Restricted.]

Abstract: »Abstract: This paper draws attention to the obligation and opportunity to respond to the mental health impacts of collective sexual violence (CSV) among genocide-rape survivors in post-genocide Rwanda. Qualitative data gathered from CSV survivors who were members of Rwandan women's genocide survivor associations are presented to illustrate how they strive to overcome adversity while seeking access to quality mental health care and using informal community mental health services. The results reveal that a system of high quality, holistic health and mental health care is yet needed to meet Rwandan CSV survivors' complex and serious health and mental health needs. Given that a rural health system, modelled on community-based, comprehensive HIV/AIDS care and treatment, is currently being implemented in Rwanda, we recommend enhancements to this model that would contribute to meeting the mental health care needs of CSV survivors while benefiting the health and mental health system as a whole within Rwanda.« [Source: Global Public Health.]

ART: Posttraumatic Stress Symptomatology as a Mediator of the Association Between Military Sexual Trauma and Post-Deployment Physical Health in Women

Authors: Brian N. Smith, Jillian C. Shipherd, Jennifer L. Schuster, Dawne S. Vogt, Lynda A. King, and Daniel W. King
Title: Posttraumatic Stress Symptomatology as a Mediator of the Association Between Military Sexual Trauma and Post-Deployment Physical Health in Women
Subtitle: -
Journal: Journal of Trauma & Dissociation
Volume: 12
Issue: 3
Year: 2011
Pages: 275-289
ISSN: 1529-9732
Language: English
Full Text: Taylor & Francis Online [Restricted.]

Abstract: »This study examined posttraumatic stress symptomatology (PSS) as a mediator of the association between military sexual trauma and post-deployment physical health. Relationships were examined in a sample of 83 female veterans of the first Gulf War (1990–1991) approximately 10 years post-deployment. Participants reported on the frequency of sexual harassment and sexual assault experienced during deployment. Physical health was measured using participants' self-reports of pre-deployment and post-deployment symptoms within 7 body systems. Sexual harassment exposure was not found to be associated with PSS-mediated associations with physical health symptoms. However, sexual assault during deployment was found to be associated with PSS and 4 of the 7 health symptom clusters assessed: gastrointestinal, genitourinary, musculoskeletal, and neurological symptoms. Furthermore, PSS was found to be a significant mediator of the sexual assault–physical health relationship in each of these domains, with the indirect path accounting for 74% to 100% of the relationship. The findings from the current study indicate that sexual assault has detrimental associations with physical health and that PSS plays a primary role in that relationship.« [Source: Journal of Trauma & Dissociation.]

ART: Military Sexual Trauma in Men

Authors: Tim Hoyt, Jennifer Klosterman Rielage, and Lauren F. Williams
Title: Military Sexual Trauma in Men
Subtitle: A Review of Reported Rates
Journal: Journal of Trauma & Dissociation
Volume: 12
Issue: 3
Year: 2011
Pages: 244-260
ISSN: 1529-9732
Language: English
Full Text: Taylor & Francis Online [Free.]

Abstract: »Military sexual trauma (MST) has historically been associated with female service members, but it is also experienced by male service members. This article reviews reported prevalence and incidence rates of men's MST in 29 studies. Sources for these studies included the Department of Defense, the U.S. military service academies, and the Department of Veterans Affairs. There is significant variability in reported rates of men's MST. Averaging across studies covering the past 30 years, we found that MST is reported by approximately 0.09% of male service members each year, with a range of 0.02% to 6%. MST is reported by 1.1% of male service members over the course of their military careers, with a range of 0.03% to 12.4%. Determining prevalence and incidence rates for both men's and women's MST is fraught with limitations, including (a) cross-study variations in sample, method, definitions, and assessment and (b) barriers to reporting MST. Each of these limitations is reviewed with an eye toward identifying male-specific issues.« [Source: Journal of Trauma & Dissociation.]

ART: Reengineering Gender Relations in Modern Militaries

Authors: Rebecca J. Hannagan, and Holly Arrow
Title: Reengineering Gender Relations in Modern Militaries
Subtitle: An Evolutionary Perspective
Journal: Journal of Trauma & Dissociation
Volume: 12
Issue: 3
Year: 2011
Pages: 305-323
ISSN: 1529-9732
Language: English
Full Text: Taylor & Francis Online [Restricted.]

Abstract: »This article presents an evolutionary framework for understanding the sexual assault of women in the military. We specify the evolutionary underpinnings of tensions among heterosexual males, among heterosexual females, and between males and females and discuss how these tensions have played out in the strongly gendered context of warrior culture. In the absence of cultural interventions that take into account deep-seated conceptions of women in the military as unwelcome intruders, sexual resources for military men, or both, military women operate in an environment in which sexual assault may be deployed to enact and defend traditional military structures. We discuss how unit norms are likely to affect the choice of strategies by men and by women and how the resulting behaviorsincluding celibacy, consensual sex, and sexual assaultshould affect horizontal and vertical unit cohesion. The framework is intended to guide future data collection in theoretically coherent ways and to inform the framing and enforcement of policies regarding both consensual and non-consensual sex among military personnel.« [Source: Journal of Trauma & Dissociation.]

CFP: Journal of Gender and Justice

Journal: Journal of Gender and Justice
Submission deadline: August 25, 2011

Description: »Journal of Gender and Justice invites contributors to consider broad themes such as women's roles in society, history, philosophy, and religion; gender and the media; women and work; gender, race and class; international development; gender and sexuality; women and politics; women and literature; gender and language; women and social change; women and the family; and gender and the arts.«

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

CFP: On Violence

Journal: Modern Horizons Journal
Submission deadline: September 1, 2011

Description: »For the November 2011 issue of Modern Horizons we invite essays that explore the concept of violence in its many forms and from a variety of ethical standpoints.
...
With these questions in mind we invite essays that explore the questions, ideas, and ways of thinking on and around the theme of violence. Some topics may include, but are by no means limited to:
- Heroic violence
- Chivalric violence
- Divine violence
- Law, justice, and violence
- Violence as/and therapy
- Image as/and violence
- Politics as/and violence
- Language as/and violence
- Art as/and violence
- Violence as/and history
- D.H. Lawrence (physical violence versus the violence one thrills toward)
- Rabelaisian grotesque
- Judith Butler
- Elaine Scarry
- Hannah Arendt
- Nietzschean violence
- Violence and the Divine Marquis«.

More information: Call for Papers website.

CFP: Peace and Conflict Studies

Journal: Africa Peace & Conflict Journal
Submission deadline: September 1, 2011

Description: »The Africa Peace & Conflict Journal, published by the UN Mandated University for Peace, is now accepting full length articles, on all subjects related to peace and conflict studies, for its upcoming December 2011 publication.«

More information: H-Net Announcements.

CFP: Radical Criminology

Journal: Radical Criminology
Submission deadline: September 16, 2011

Description: »In this period of state-sponsored austerity and suppression of resistance there is a great need for criminologists to speak out and act against state violence, state-corporate crime, and the growth of surveillance regimes and the prison-industrial complex. Criminologists also have a role to play in advancing alternatives to current regimes of regulation and punishment. In light of current social struggles against neo-liberal capitalism, and as an effort to contribute positively to those struggles, the Critical Criminology Working Group at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Vancouver has initiated the journal Radical Criminology.«

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

CFP: Gender and Sexuality

Journal: Music, Sound, and the Moving Image
Special Issue Editor: Catherine Haworth
Submission deadline: October 31, 2011

Description: »Research into the function and effect of the soundtrack in audiovisual media continues to develop and diversify, but investigation of the theories and ideologies of difference remain underrepresented within these debates. One such area is that of gendered and sexual difference, where despite significant contributions by several scholars, a systematic, focused, and extensive body of work has yet to emerge. Submissions that consider the sonic representation, articulation, or dissemination of gendered and sexual identities or ideologies are therefore invited for this special issue of Music, Sound, and the Moving Image, which aims to build upon the strengths of existing work and explore new directions for future research.«

More information: H-Net Announcements.

CFP: Legal Analyst

Journal: The Legal Analyst
Submission deadline: October 31, 2011

Description: »For Volume II of The Legal Analyst, original and unpublished papers, articles, book reviews, notes and comments etc. are invited.«

More information: The Legal Analyst.

CFP: Women Writing

Book: Women Writing
Submission deadline for abstracts: August 21, 2011

Description: »After the success of our book Women on Women; we are looking for quality papers on women writers across boundaries of nation/state/age/class. Suggested Topics:
Women and sexuality
Women and Queer desire
Lesbian Studies
Women and nation
women and change
Women and Sensuality
Women and religion«.

More information: Call for Papers website.

CFP: Writing Group on Gender History in the West

Conference: 2011 Western History Association Conference
Place: Oakland, CA
Date: October 13-16, 2011
Submission deadline for writers: August 30, 2011
Submission deadline for readers: August 30, 2011

Description: »The Coalition for Western Women's History (CWWH) invites your participation in a writing group that will meet during the in California. If you have an article or chapter-length work in progress and would like feedback from published scholars in your field, or if you would like to offer advice to a developing scholar, this Writing Group is for you.«

More information: H-Net Announcements.

CFP: Global Interdisciplinary Conference on Eroticism and Sexuality

Conference: Global Interdisciplinary Conference on Eroticism and Sexuality
Place: St. Louis, MO
Date: March 16-17, 2012
Submission deadline for proposals: August 31, 2011

Description: »In this launch conference on the study of eroticism and sexuality, the goal is to take an in depth look at eroticism and sexuality from an inter- and multi-disciplinary perspective. The following is a list of key areas of development. You may submit your abstract in regards to any of these key areas or any research and study area that is relevant to this subject matter:
1. Eroticism – Culture Studies
- Pop-Culture
- Accepted eroticism on a global scale
- Eroticism and cultural identity
2. Sexuality – Forms and functions
- Gender studies of sexuality
- Feminine and masculine studies in sexuality
- Sexuality in relationships
3. Eroticism and Sexuality in Media and Literature
- Film studies
- Literary influences on eroticism and sexuality
- Does sex sell?
4. Erotic and Sexual Limitations
- BDSM studies
- Sexual Function and Dysfunction
- Therapeutic Studies
- Sexual Deviants and Predators«.

More information: Call for Papers website.

CFP: 2012 WAWH Conference

Conference: 2012 WAWH Conference
Place: Berkeley, CA
Date: May 3-5, 2012
Submission deadline for proposals: September 15, 2011

Description: »The WAWH invites faculty members, graduate students, independent scholars and others for a collegial, stimulating, and professional weekend of history and networking. The program committee welcomes proposals for panels or single papers on any historical subject, time period, or region. All fields and periods of history are welcome, as are workshops or roundtables on issues of interest to the historical profession. Proposals for complete panels preferred, but individual papers also welcome.«

More information: Western Association of Women Historians.

CFP: Reading Love and Violence in Victorian Literature

Conference: 43rd Annual Convention of the Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
Place: Rochester, NY
Date: March 15-18, 2012
Submission deadline for proposals: September 30, 2011

Description: »This panel will explore the dynamics of love and violence in the British literature of the Victorian period, examining the question of why this fascination, why the rich and frequent presence of these sites of violence and love in an age that extolled the virtues of restraint, moderation, control. What can such an inquiry tell us about the age, its artists, and their audience?«

More information: Northeast Modern Language Association.

CFP: Obscenity, Violence, and Humor in the Eighteenth-Century Novel

Conference: 43rd Annual Convention of the Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
Place: Rochester, NY
Date: March 15-18, 2012
Submission deadline for proposals: September 30, 2011

Description: »This panel will examine eighteenth-century British fiction and the relationship between violence, obscenity and humor. Novelists’ use of the obscene joke is a tempered way to suppress the blurring lines of distinction between classes and to maintain hierarchy, a direct response to the changes in society and to the increasing sensitivity to vulgar subjects in polite society. This panel is interested in discovering how authors mobilize social anxiety through violence, obscenity and humor.«

More information: Northeast Modern Language Association.

CFP: Literature, Trauma, and Healing: Refusing to Silence the Discourse

Conference: 43rd Annual Convention of the Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
Place: Rochester, NY
Date: March 15-18, 2012
Submission deadline for proposals: September 30, 2011

Description: »This panel extends the focus of trauma studies to encompass, recognize, and investigate roles of healing within pedagogical philosophies, literary criticism, and scholarship. Linking theory and pedagogy, this panel intends to engage with possibilities and limitations of bringing healing to the forefront of trauma -related, academic conversations.«

More information: Northeast Modern Language Association.

CFP: Feminism and the New German Cinema

Conference: 43rd Annual Convention of the Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
Place: Rochester, NY
Date: March 15-18, 2012
Submission deadline for proposals: September 30, 2011

Description: »This panel will consider the legacy of feminism in the New German Cinema and its relevance for contemporary scholarship and filmmaking practices. How do these films foreground issues of gender and sexuality while also engaging with the following concerns: voice and narration, aesthetics and politics, experimentation and popular narrative modes? Are the concerns of this generation of filmmakers taken up by filmmakers in contemporary Germany and Austria?«

More information: Northeast Modern Language Association.

CFP: Gender / Violence

Conference: International Conference
Place: Izmir, Turkey
Date: April 4-6, 2012
Submission deadline for proposals: October 15, 2011

Description: »The aim of this interdisciplinary conference is to understand and expose the violence involved in the very production of bodies, spaces and politics. It will open up the question of violence to inspire different trajectories of thinking and action towards the production different bodies, different spaces and different politics. In the final analysis this is an ethical project inquiring into the possibility of theorizing and acting from a place of openness to hearing the voice of the other.«

More information: Izmir University of Economics.

July 6, 2011

RADIO: Der zehnte Todestag von Hannelore Kohl. Warum weckt ihr Leben so viel Interesse?

Description: »Vor zehn Jahren, am 5. Juli 2001, kam eine kurze Nachricht aus dem Büro Kohl: Hannelore Kohl habe sich das Leben genommen. Wer heute einen Blick auf die aktuelle Spiegel-Bestsellerliste wirft, sieht, dass Platz 1 und 5 von Büchern eingenommen werden, die entweder ein Mitglied der Familie Kohl zum Gegenstand haben ("Die Frau an seiner Seite - Leben und Leiden der Hannelore Kohl") oder von einem Familienmitglied verfasst wurden ("Leben oder gelebt werden"). Dem Altkanzler gehen diese Bücher zu weit. Vergangene Woche ließ er erklären: "Die öffentliche Zurschaustellung und Vermarktung meines Privatlebens durch Dritte empfinde ich als unangemessen". Die Grenzen von Geschmack und Anstand würden weit überschritten, und er bitte "um Respekt" für seine Privatsphäre.
Muss sich Helmut Kohl als ehemaliger Bundeskanzler und Person der Zeitgeschichte eine derartige Offenlegung seines Privatlebens gefallen lassen? Wie viel muss man über einen Menschen wissen, um seine politische und historische Leistung bewerten zu können? Oder haben nicht auch Politiker und ihre Familie ein Recht auf Privates.
Studiogast: Rainer Burchardt, ehemaliger Chefredakteur des Deutschlandfunks.«
Program: Tagesgespräch
Channel: WDR 5
Date: July 5, 2011
Duration: 36:05 min.

Link: Westdeutscher Rundfunk.

RADIO: "In Wahrheit war sie tief depressiv"

Description: »Der Journalist Heribert Schwan hat eine Biografie über Helmut Kohls Frau Hannelore geschrieben. Der Alt-Kanzler ist davon nicht begeistert. Das Werk sei "unanständig und geschmacklos".«
Program: Andruck - Das Magazin für politische Literatur
Channel: Deutschlandfunk
Date: July 4, 2011
Duration: 07:26 min.

Link: Deutschlandradio [Audio, Text].

RADIO: Oranges and Sunshine

Description: »They´re sometimes called the Lost Innocents: thousands of British children, shipped to Australia and then abused in remote church-run institutions. Although the program ended in the 60s, its terrible legacy continues, according to the new film, Oranges and Sunshine. Australia Talks Movies looks at the film and the issues it raises.«
Program: Australia Talks
Channel: ABC Radio National
Date: June 15, 2011
Duration: 49:51 min.

Link: Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

RADIO: A sense of duty

Description: »Phillip was abused hundreds of times by an Anglican priest in the 1970s, when he was aged between 14 and 16, yet it took more than 20 years and a chance encounter with his abuser for the experience to begin to take its toll on him and his marriage. In this compelling program Phillip and his wife Amanda tell their story of the secret that he kept all those years and his brave decision to go to the police and follow the court process through until his abuser was jailed.
The ABC was granted a court order to tell this story because child victims of sexual abuse are not allowed to be identified by the media in Queensland. This program was a finalist in the 2010 Walkley Awards for Journalism.«
Program: 360documentaries
Channel: ABC Radio National
Date: June 4, 2011
Duration: 53:58 min.

Link: Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

RADIO: Buchautor und Odenwald-Schüler Tilman Jens

Description: »Ein Lehrstück von Opfern und Tätern will er mit seiner neuen Veröffentlichung liefern: Der Frankfurter Autor Tilman Jens war als Jugendlicher in den 1970ern zwei Jahre auf der Odenwaldschule. Im Gespräch mit hr-iNFO redet er über sein umstrittenes Buch "Freiwild" - ein Insiderblick auf den sexuellen Missbrauch an der Reformschule.«
Program: Im Gespräch
Channel: hr-INFO
Date: May 28, 2011
Duration: 23:48 min.

Link: Hessischer Rundfunk.

LECT: An Interstice of Silence

Lecturer: Corina Crisu
Title: An Interstice of Silence
Subtitle: Narrating Rape in Oates's “The Girl with the Blackened Eye” and Sebold's The Lovely Bones
Conference: Trauma Narratives and ‘Herstory’. With a special emphasis on the work of Eva Figes
Place: University of Northampton
Date: November 12-13 2010

Link: Backdoor Broadcasting Company.

BOOK: Oranges and Sunshine

Author: Margaret Humphreys
Title: Oranges and Sunshine
Subtitle:
Place: London
Publisher: Corgi Books
Year: 2011
Pages: 384pp.
Language: English

BOOK: Die Frau an seiner Seite

Author: Heribert Schwan
Title: Die Frau an seiner Seite
Subtitle: Leben und Leiden der Hannelore Kohl
Place: Munich
Publisher: Heyne
Year: 2011
Pages: 320pp.
Language: German

CFP: History of Emotions

Book: History of Emotions series
Submission deadline for proposals: unknown

Description: »Book manuscripts wanted for a new series on the history of the emotions: Love, anger, sadness, shame. All have a history, and all have shaped history. The University of Illinois Press introduces a new series that explores the vital field of the history of emotions – a field that offers innovative and often startling perspectives on the past. Discarding outdated notions of people in past societies as purely rational actors, scholars in the series will examine how history felt to those who lived it and how private feelings have shaped public realities. They will present cutting edge research on the way emotions, and the social rules that govern them, have shaped domestic relationships, gender roles, and work dynamics. The series will publish books that explore the diverse ways individuals have experienced and expressed particular emotions as well as scholarship that examines the connections between emotions and political, religious, economic, and family life. It seeks studies of emotional experience, emotional norms, emotional communities, and the connections between the emotions and other aspects of social and personal behavior. The History of Emotions series encourages contributions from, and concerning, all major regions of the world, and a wide variety of time periods.«

More information: H-Net Announcements.

CFP: Women in Early America

Book: Women in Early America
Editor: Tom Foster
Submission deadline for proposals: unknown

Description: »This project, Women in Early America, is an anthology on women in America from contact through the Revolutionary era. Proposals for essays that employ a transnational approach and that rewrite master narratives are especially encouraged. As the volume is largely intended for use in undergraduate courses, essays that are written for that audience and that address major themes in women’s and gender history courses are also particularly desirable.«

More information: H-Net Announcements.

CFP: The Moral Panics of Sexuality

Conference: Moral Panics of Sexuality Conference
Place: Arizona State University, Phoenix, AZ
Date: October 7, 2011
Submission deadline for proposals: July 15, 2011

Description: »Moral panics of sexuality may include practices, representations, and philosophies held in the imagination as deviant, or more precisely, the source of anxious unease if not full-blown disgust. Accordingly, we invite radical proposals that may alternatively challenge, incite, or provoke moral panic.«

More information: Call for English website.

CFP: Parents’ Bodies, Children’s Bodies. From Conception to Education

Conference: Seventh International Symposium of CORPUS
Place: Timisoara
Date: November 28-29, 2011
Submission deadline for proposals: September 1, 2011

Description: »We invite researchers interested in the body in medical, familial, educational, symbolical and ritual contexts (archaeologists, anthropologists, historians, physicians, psychologists, sociologists, art specialists, etc.) to participate in this symposium considering particularly, but not strictly, the following themes:
· Parenthood and processes from conception to childbirth: knowledge and beliefs on procreation and pregnancy; techniques of the body involved in procreation and delivery; societal and artistic representations of pregnant women; etc.
· Child’s, Mother’s (and Father’s) bodies during the first years of the new-born life: health, nutritional needs, breast feeding, first contacts, social re-insertion/integration, etc.
· Initial stages of body awareness: incorporation of techniques, assimilation of sensorial sensibilities, play, physical education, etc.
· Representations of parents’ and children’s bodies: their images and application in arts, political, philosophical or religious discourses; parents’ or children’s self-representation, etc.«

More information: CORPUS.

CFP: Gender and Sexuality in Asian-American Fiction

Conference: 43rd Annual Convention of the Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
Place: Rochester, NY
Date: March 15-18, 2012
Submission deadline for abstracts: September 30, 2011

Description: »This panel seeks papers that explore gender and sexuality in contemporary Asian American Fiction. How do gender and sexuality affect experiences of racialization and national belonging? Topics may include (but are not limited to): femininity, masculinity, transnational negotiations of gender, queer Asian America, queer diaspora, war brides, comfort women, displacement and migration, family and domesticity, gendered nationalisms, and racialization.«

More information: Northeast Modern Language Association.

CFP: Sexuality and Spirituality in Eighteenth-Century Literature

Conference: 43rd Annual Convention of the Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
Place: Rochester, NY
Date: March 15-18, 2012
Submission deadline for abstracts: September 30, 2011

Description: »How are sexuality and spirituality intertwined, and how do they oppose each other, in German literature of the eighteenth century? What types of sexual practices are condemned and condoned by various spiritual beliefs? How are gender and sexuality constructed through spirituality? Approaches focusing on various literary genres and spiritual beliefs or practices, Christian as well as non-Christian, are welcome.«

More information: Northeast Modern Language Association.

June 5, 2011

BOOK: Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones. From the Ancient World to the Era of Human Rights

Editor: Elizabeth D. Heineman
Title: Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones
Subtitle: From the Ancient World to the Era of Human Rights
Place:
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
Year: 2011
Pages: 352pp.
Language: English

CFP: The Child Image in Media

Journal: Red Feather Journal
Submission deadline: July 15, 2011

Description: »Red Feather Journal seeks well-written, critical articles on any aspect of the child image. The journal welcomes submissions that examine a broad range of media: children’s film, Hollywood film, international film, Television, the Internet, print resources, art, or any other visual medium. Some sample topics include, but are certainly not limited to: studies of images of children of color; child as commodity; images of children in international films; political uses of the child image; children in advertising; childhood as myth, visual adaptations of children’s literary works; child welfare images; images of children and/in war; the child image in video games; or any other critical examination of the child image, or childhood, in a variety of visual mediums.«

More information: H-Net Announcements.

CFP: Trauma in Children's Literature

Journal: Bookbird: Trauma in Children's Literature
Submission deadline: July 18, 2011

Description: »These articles might respond to on-going world crises (e.g. war, refugee status, natural disaster) or more personal crises, as represented in literature for children and young adults.«

More information: Call for Papers website.

CFP: Violence and Identity Representations in Latin America

Journal: 452ºF. Journal of Literary Theory and Comparative Literature
Submission deadline: July 31, 2011

Description: »With the present call for papers, we do not have in mind a diagnosis of the forms of violence as they are traditionally thought of and represented in literature, images, art and the different cultural practices of Latin America. The aim behind this undertaking is to gather together research developed across the areas of comparative literature and literary theory, which participates in strategies of ethical and political reflection to think about violence and using violence as a starting point, in the different Latin American cultural, historical and epistemological expressions. Therefore, we do not wish to limit our invitation to research on the study of urban violence, but do favour the expansion of theoretical reflection and cultural representations of violence, so that the meanings and devices through which the narrations and dissidences of Latin American identity fiction have been constructed can be identified.
In this sense, we propose research that should reflect, among other options, on the relations between:
a) Social imagery and urban violence;
b) Gender violence and representations of femininity and masculinity;
c) Social exclusion, racial violence and national identity.
d) State violence, economic policies and globalization;
e) Historical violence and identity fiction;
f) Cultural practices, power technologies and body discipline.«

More information: H-Net Annoucements.

CFP: Violent Masculinities in Early Modern Literature and Culture

Book: Violent Masculinities in Early Modern Literature and Culture
Editors: Catherine Thomas and Jennifer Feather
Submission deadline for abstracts: June 20, 2011

Description: »This volume explores how such acts of wounding, verbal assault, and psychological and spatial manipulation inform early modern masculinity. We welcome papers considering historical, theoretical, literary and/or aesthetic approaches to the topic and hope to bring together a range of scholars working on gender studies, early modern embodiment, sexuality studies, race studies, trauma studies, and on violence and representation.«

More information: Call for Papers website.

CFP: Imagined Bodies of the Italian Wars

Conference: Renaissance Society of America Annual Meeting
Place: Washington, DC
Date: March 22-24, 2012
Submission deadline for abstracts: June 9, 2011

Description: »The Italian Wars, Francesco Guicciardini writes, not only kept dominions in flux and cities in peril but also introduced "new fashions, new customs, new and bloody forms of warfare, and unknown diseases.” In art, literature, theater, historiography, propaganda, military arts, and the popular imagination, these wars signaled a political and cultural ground shift (in Italy and in Europe), changes often contemplated through the imagined body. This panel invites papers that explore the roles that gender, violence, cultural confrontation, imagination, the sacred, and the body (broadly construed) play in these decades of clash, upheaval, and adaptation. Contributions from all fields/cultures are welcome.«

More information: Renaissance Society of America.

CFP: Graduate Conference on the History of the Body

Conference: Graduate Conference on the History of the Body
Place: St. Louis
Date: October 20-21, 2011
Submission deadline for abstracts: June 30, 2011

Description: »As thinking about bodies has occasioned ongoing encounters, clashes, and border-crossings between a variety of historical fields, as well as across the humanities, this conference aims to promote conversations across scholarly divides by showcasing and reflecting on graduate-level scholarship on the history of the body, in all periods and regions, and from a variety of methodological approaches.«

More information: Department of History, Washington University in St. Louis.

CFP: The Moral Panics of Sexuality

Conference: The Moral Panics of Sexuality
Place: Phoenix, AZ
Date: October 7, 2011
Submission deadline for abstracts: July 15, 2011

Description: »Moral panics of sexuality may include practices, representations, and philosophies held in the imagination as deviant, or more precisely, the source of anxious unease if not full-blown disgust. Accordingly, we invite radical proposals that may alternatively challenge, incite, or provoke moral panic.«

More information: H-Net Announcements.

CFP: Maternal Hauntings: Feminine Spectral Identities in Asian-American Literature

Conference: 43rd Annual Convention of the Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
Place: Rochester, NY
Date: March 15-18, 2012
Submission deadline for abstracts: September 30, 2011

Description: »This panel seeks to theorize the maternal haunting, feminine spectral identities, and ghost figures in Asian American literature. Topics or critical paradigms can include, but are not limited to: memory, rape, trauma, the abject, silence, transnationalism, eroticism, materiality, femininity, miscegenation, consumption, loss, reception theory, and reader-response.«

More information: Northeast Modern Language Association.

CFP: Wartime Sexual Violence in Literature, History and Film

Conference: 43rd Annual Convention of the Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
Place: Rochester, NY
Date: March 15-18, 2012
Submission deadline for abstracts: September 30, 2011

Description: »Rape is known as one of the extreme gender-based crimes inherent in the phenomena of war. This panel will examine different forms of wartime sexual crimes: How did they manifest in literature, films and in historical research?«

More information: Northeast Modern Language Association.

CFP: Whip Me, Beat Me: The Representation of Violence Against Women

Conference: 43rd Annual Convention of the Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
Place: Rochester, NY
Date: March 15-18, 2012
Submission deadline for abstracts: September 30, 2011

Description: »This panel invites papers that study the representation of violence against women in literary texts. Papers may focus on: How are these acts represented in the text, as a taboo or as a ‘normal act’? Are these acts decried by the characters or accepted as ‘normal’ behavior? Do these acts affect the passions and sexuality of the characters?«

More information: Northeast Modern Language Association.

May 3, 2011

WEBSITE: Kooperationsprojekt: Sexuelle Gewalt in bewaffneten Konflikten - Collaborative Research Project: Sexual Violence in Armed Conflicts

Description: »This collaborative research effort aims to bring together empirical and theoretical studies focusing on sexual violence in different theaters of armed conflict. A series of workshops and conferences with representatives from a variety of disciplines is being planned. Historians, legal scholars, sociologists, philosophers, psychologists, experts in cultural studies, and human rights activists will develop common research questions and a framework for comparison, present and discuss their work, and explore opportunities for cooperation. In the initial three-year period, members of the staff of the Hamburg Institute for Social Research will coordinate these activities.«

Link: Hamburger Institut für Sozialforschung.

ART: Through a Foucauldian lens

Author: Sheri Bell
Title: Through a Foucauldian lens
Subtitle: A genealogy of child abuse
Journal: Journal of family violence
Volume: 26
Issue: 2
Year: February 2011
Pages: 101-108
ISSN: 0885-7482
Language: English
Full Text: SpringerLink [Restricted.]

Abstract: »This theoretical paper takes on a difficult and dangerous argument: that ‘child abuse’ is socially constructed. By using Michel Foucault’s analysis of the complex interplay between power and knowledge, we may be able to explain the changing forms that the struggle against child abuse has taken, without minimizing the reality of the suffering that abuse causes. By examining the historical role that state and child welfare movements played in developing child protective services in North America, we discover how scientific epistemology and medical discourse on child abuse have come together to shape and construct societal beliefs about abusers. This analysis allows us to deepen our understanding of child abuse and the means to preventing it, as well as guides us in developing better and more informed social policies.« [Source: Journal of family violence.]