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.

January 5, 2011

CFP: Life writing and human rights: genres of testimony

Place: Kingston University, London
Date: July 11-13, 2011
Submission deadline for abstracts: February 15, 2011

Description: "The stories we tell about our lives and the lives of those around us leave footprints across history. That history can be of personal, familial or of widespread political and public importance. ...

We invite the submission of abstracts and suggestions for potential papers, workshops, round-table discussions, panels, performances and works in progress that will add to our understanding of the processes involved in the shaping of genres of testimony, from the collection of eyewitness accounts of atrocities to the archiving of propaganda, letters and ephemera from scenes of human rights abuse, print and broadcast media coverage before during and after an event, as well as creative post-conflict reflections voiced in memoirs, poetry, psychoanalytic narratives, the dramatic and visual arts.

We are looking for work that will debate, among other things, the following questions
* How do the processes involved in the telling and compiling of testimony in extreme situations of crimes against humanity affect our perception of these events and our ability to prevent them?
* How are such events named and changed in that naming?
* How are they described and what happens to that description in the legal, media, political and emotional life of the event over time?"

More information: Kingston University.