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.

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.