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.

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.