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

LECT: Raphael, Melissa. »‘Is this really necessary?’«

Subtitle: »Feminist historiographical perspectives on sexual violence against Jewish women during the Holocaust.«

Conference: Gender and the Holocaust
Place: Imperial War Museum, London
Date: December 10, 2010

Audio: Backdoor Broadcasting Company.

ART: Whitlock, Gillian. »Remediating gorilla girl: rape warfare and the limits of humanitarian storytelling.«

Journal: Biography
Volume: 33
Issue: 3
Year: Summer 2010
Pages: 471-497
Full Text: Project MUSE [Restricted.]

Abstract: »Dian Fossey and the gorillas remain familiar figures in the global public sphere. But how do their life stories relate to the ongoing presence of mourning and violence in central Africa now? This essay considers feminist engagements with the "distant suffering" of victims of rape warfare at this unique contact zone where species meet.« [Source: Biography.]

ART: Steele, Kathryn L. »Clarissa’s silence.«

Journal: Eighteenth-century fiction
Volume: 23
Issue: 1
Year: Autumn 2010
Pages: 1-34
Full Text: Project MUSE [Restricted.]

Abstract: »This article reconsiders interpretive struggle as a paradigm for Samuel Richardson’s Clarissa and, in particular, for understanding the novel’s eighteenth-century readers. Taking Clarissa as an exemplary character implies a reading strategy that understands female silence as modesty, piety, and passive obedience—an obedience to the idea of authority that nonetheless questions its abuse. I compare modern and eighteenth-century responses, using approaches to the rape as a way to identify significant differences in strategies of interpretation. I also find traces of one of these alternate strategies of interpretation in the use and circulation of religious texts. I argue that religious reading, with concurrent forms of silent response, is an influential implied reading strategy even as this alternate framework of interpretation is difficult, if not impossible, to perceive. Suggesting that we might re-evaluate our readings of Clarissa to consider her as a religious example, this essay meditates on the problem of shifting interpretive protocols.« [Source: Eighteenth-century fiction.]

ART: Seebold, Elmar. »Frauenraub, Unzucht und Heirat mit Unfreien in der ›Lex Burgundionum‹ und der ›Lex Salica‹.«

Journal: Beiträge zur Geschichte der deutschen Sprache und Literatur
Volume: 132
Issue: 3
Year: December 2010
Pages: 366–377
Full Text: de Gruyter Reference Global [Restricted.]

Abstract: »Kidnapping of women and rape are judged in the same way. If the woman consents, the act is classified as marriage. For marriage between free persons and slaves the sentence is death penalty in LB, loss of freedom in LS. – The comparison between the two laws shows that LS 13,8 must be erroneous. – Glosses in LS: scodo ›(partial) penalty‹; antomia ›penalty‹; altheofaltheo ›attack on a housemaid‹; honema ›shame‹, andras theo ›girl of another (man)‹; gange-haldo ›stopping of a procession‹; frio-lasina ›rape of a free woman‹; **ambaht-mundio ›assumption of power over a woman by a servant‹; **abna tho wilendemo ›during the lifetime of the husband‹. LS 15,2 and 25,7 are dark.« [Source: Beiträge zur Geschichte der deutschen Sprache und Literatur.]

ART: Pincikowski, Scott. »Violence.«

In: Handbook of medieval studies: terms – methods – trends
Edited by: Albrecht Classen
Place: Berlin and New York
Publisher: de Gruyter
Year: 2010
Pages: 1593–1601
Full Text: de Gruyter Reference Global [Restricted.]

ART: Jacobsen, Miriam. »The Elizabethan cipher in Shakespeare’s Lucrece

Journal: Studies in philology
Volume: 107
Issue: 3
Year: Summer 2010
Pages: 336-359
Full Text: Project MUSE [Restricted.]

ART: Kostelac, Sofia. »“The body is his, pulse and motion”: violence and desire in Yvonne Vera’s The Stone Virgins

Journal: Research in African literatures
Volume: 41
Issue: 3
Year: Autumn 2010
Pages: 75-87.
Full Text: Project MUSE [Restricted.]

Abstract: »This article examines Yvonne Vera’s representation of sexual violence in her 2002 novel The Stone Virgins. Set during the violent period of Zimbabwe’s postindependence history known as the gukurahundi, the novel shows how women’s bodies are made to bear the material wounds of protracted national struggles. Vera complicates this critique by articulating scenes of murder and rape using an intensely intimate lexicon, conventionally associated with amatory discourses. In order to elucidate the metaphoric and symbolic connections Vera establishes between desire and violence, I adopt a psychoanalytic framework that seeks to explain the pleasure culture derives from images of subjugated femininity. I argue that Vera’s disquieting conflation of violation with intimacy formulates a powerful critique of women’s inscription by dominant masculinist paradigms, and implicates normative attitudes concerning women’s passivity and sexual availability in a catastrophic national violence.« [Source: Research in African literatures.]

ART: Howard-Hassmann, Rhoda E. »Mugabe’s Zimbabwe, 2000-2009: massive human rights violations and the failure to protect.«

Journal: Human rights quarterly
Volume: 32
Issue: 4
Year: November 2010
Pages: 898-920
Full Text: Project MUSE [Restricted.]

Abstract: »This article reviews human rights violations in Zimbabwe from 2000 to 2009, under the rule of Robert Mugabe. It argues that these violations, including state-induced famine, illegal mass expulsions, and systemic rape, constituted crimes against humanity. The article considers what African regional organizations, including the African Union and the Southern African Development Community, and various organs of the international community did, and might have done, to restrain Mugabe and his inner circle from committing these violations. It concludes that the lack of forceful action by African and international organizations constituted a failure to protect the people of Zimbabwe.« [Source: Human rights quarterly.]

ART: Dougherty, Jane E. »“Never tear the linnet from the leaf”: the feminist intertextuality of Edna O’Brien’s Down by the River

Journal: Frontiers: a journal of women studies
Volume: 31
Issue: 3
Year: 2010
Pages: 77-102
Full Text: Project MUSE [Restricted.]

LECT: Kümper, Hiram. »Sexual violence: laws, juridical debate, and legal procedure in comparative perspective (Western Europe, ca. 1200-1600).«

Conference: Why and how gender matters: the concept(s) of gender in late medieval and early modern world
Place: University of Helsinki
Date: February 5, 2011

More information: University of Helsinki.

CFP: Pickering & Chatto Publishers

Description: »Pickering & Chatto would like to hear from any early career or established scholar who is currently researching the history of childhood. They are particularly interested in discussing your current monograph project as well as any ideas you might have for a related primary source collection.«

More information: H-Net Announcments.

CFP: Women from the Maghreb

Journal: Dalhousie French studies
Submission deadline for abstracts: February 1, 2011

Description: "Our aim is to study representations of Maghrebian women and the multiple aspects of their lives through literary or artistic productions. To this end, this issue calls for studies of novels, short stories, poems, music, art, film and the media, by both female and male writers—established or lesser known, francophone or other. Contributions will seek to analyze the economic, social, juridical and political contexts underpinning, or at times contradicting cultural representations of women and their creative works. ...

Areas of interest could include but are not limited to:
· Gender relations, law and religion
· Trauma and systemic violence

More information: Call for Papers website.

CFP: Generations of feminism

Journal: thirdspace: a journal of feminist theory & culture
Submission deadline: February 28, 2011

Description: "We welcome papers on subjects including (but not limited to):
• Contemporary and historical debates and discussions about generational divides within feminism(s)
• Reflections on geographic and global distinctions within debates and discussions about generationality and feminism
• The politics of seniority and generation in feminist organizations, activist groups, and academic communities
• The notion of feminist “waves” and its remaking, conceptualization, and contemporary relevance
• The issue of “mother-daughter” dynamics within feminist movements and theories, and in society more broadly
• The ways in which race, class, and sexuality impact (or are left out of, or marginalized within) debates about feminism and generationality
• How different generations of feminists define and reshape ideologies and practices of feminism(s)

We welcome submissions from a wide range of disciplinary and geographical perspectives. Submissions from researchers working within, or among, the disciplines of geography, sociology, literature, area studies, cultural studies, film/media studies, art, history, education, law, and women’s/gender studies are particularly encouraged."

More information: thirdspace.

CFP: Feminist scholarship

Journal: Journal of feminist scholarship
Submission deadline for the first issue: March 20, 2011

Description: "We aim to publish work that explores the multiple theoretical paradigms and political agendas of contemporary and historical feminist scholarship and the potential intersections and tensions between these paradigms and agendas. We are especially interested in examining productive controversies and divergences between local and global contexts of feminism. We also welcome submissions that focus on feminist pedagogies and activism."

More information: Journal of feminist scholarship.

CFP: Religion and sex in America

Conference: American Studies Association Annual Meeting
Place: Baltimore, Maryland
Date: October 20-23, 2011
Submission deadline for abstracts: January 10, 2011

Description: "Presenters are sought for a panel that examines the intersections of sexuality and religion, past and present, .... Potential topics include gay rights campaigns and religion, Mormons and Prop 8, sex scandals among religious leaders, “pro-family” organizations, and sex handbooks for religious believers, among others. Submissions are encouraged to address the conference theme “Imagination, Reparation and Transformation.” Submissions focusing on non-Christian traditions especially encouraged."

More information: H-Net Announcements.

CFP: Child abuse and labour in India

Place: Arya College, Ludhiana, India
Date: March 25-26, 2011
Submission deadline for abstracts: January 10, 2011

Description: "The relevance of the topic for the seminar lies in the growing awareness all over the world about the menacing dimensions and implications of Paedophilia and child labour. Its impact has assumed staggering positions as the child loses its childhood and its dignity. ... This event in the form of UGC – National Seminar is an attempt to focus on a very sensitive issue because the children and childhood across the world has been construed in terms of a golden age that is synonymous with innocence, freedom, joy, play and the like. Our Seminar will emphasize academic interaction to encourage innovative approaches to incorporate both empirical and theoretical contributions and work that considers the concern of children. ... We welcome papers that deal with the history of children and youth from all periods of time. The themes of seminar include, but are not limited to:
1. Children’s rights
2. Paedophilia: National and International Milestones
3. Childhood and educational reform
4. Concerns of childhood in domestic and transnational politics
5. Perspectives on the politics of apology (for mistreatment of indigenous children and children in institutions)
6. Child Labour and Constitutional Jurisprudence
7. Sexual abuse and Trafficking in India
8. Laws and Policies for Protection of the Child
9. Child labour in unorganized sectors
10. Social and cultural practices regarding girl child: foeticide
11. Institutional Mechanism (NGOs) for Protection of the children rights."

More information: Arya College.

CFP: Women, crime & punishment

Place: Ariel University Centre of Samaria and Netanya Academic College, Israel
Date: May 30-31, 2011
Submission deadline for abstracts: January 31, 2011

Description: "The aim of the conference is to present and discuss multidisciplinary aspects of female criminality: legal, criminological, psychological, gender, economic, sociological & mass media.

The topics in the conference include, but are not confined to, the following areas:
* Punishing women;
* Female deviance - violence, drug dealing, traffic and terroristic crimes, economic crime;
* Traffic offences;
* Local and global aspects of female delinquency."

More information: Ariel University Center of Samaria.

CFP: Ethnographies of gender and conflict

Conferene: LOVA’s 2nd International Conference
Place: University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Date: July 6-8, 2011
Submission deadline for abstracts: February 1, 2011

Description: "This conference organized by LOVA, the Netherlands Association for Gender Studies and Feminist Anthropology, intends to bring together an interdisciplinary group of scholars with the aim of deepening our theoretical knowledge about gender and conflict. Through the presentation of case-studies and ethnographic research questions will be discussed such as: how are the concepts of gender and conflict related and how does gender intersect with race, sexuality and class in conflicts? How do gender notions construct, confirm and alter conflicts and how in turn do conflicts inform the intersectionality of gender, race/ethnicity, sexuality and class? How do women and men, girls and boys initiate, perceive, deal and solve conflicts and do they do so in different ways? And, last but not least, what can ethnography offer to the field of conflict and conflict studies?"

More information: LOVA.

CFP: Britain’s soldiers, 1750-1815

Place: University of Leeds
Date: July 7-8, 2011
Submission deadline for abstracts: February 7, 2011

Description: "The conference seeks to bring together scholars researching all aspects of men from the United Kingdom who served in the military and British attitudes towards them, from the identities and experience of the men themselves to the relationship between soldiers, culture and society. We hope to re-integrate the history of soldiers and soldiering into this crucial period of Britain’s history.

Possible themes include:
* Social and cultural history of soldiers and units
* Military culture and the military in culture
* National and regional perspectives: England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales; coastal and inland; rural and urban; at ‘home’ and overseas
* Military masculinities; relationships, sexuality and family
* Comparisons between the different forms of service: regular army, militia, part-time soldiers; war time and peace time; ‘professionals’ and ‘amateurs’
* The personal experience of soldiers: motivation, identity, respectability and criminality
* Contemporary attitudes towards military service and soldiers
* Representations of soldiers
* The legal, social, and cultural framework of a soldier’s ‘lifecycle’: enlistment, training, service and duty, discharge, pensioners and former soldiers."

More information: Soldiers and Soldiering in Britain 1750-1815.

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.

CFP: Women’s Legal History Conference

Place: Chicago-Kent College of Law, Chicago, Illinois
Date: October 14, 2011
Submission deadline for abstracts: unknown

Description: "The Chicago-Kent Institute for Law and the Humanities and the Chicago-Kent Law Review are sponsoring a conference on the history of women, gender, and the law. ... We are seeking papers which discuss from a historical perspective issues involving women, gender, and the law. Topics can span time periods, geographies, and disciplines."

More information: H-Net Announcements.