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 26, 2013

ART: Reflections on the Jimmy Savile disclosures: Grooming and denial behind the masks of masculinities

Author: Malcolm Cowburn
Title: Reflections on the Jimmy Savile disclosures
Subtitle: Grooming and denial behind the masks of masculinities
Journal: British Society of Criminology Newsletter
Volume: -
Issue: 71
Year: Winter 2012
Pages: 17-20
ISSN: 1759-8354
Language: English
Full Text: Edge Hill Research Archive [Free Access]

ART: The performance of shock and the ubiquity of cover-up

Author: Howard Davis
Title: The performance of shock and the ubiquity of cover-up
Subtitle: -
Journal: British Society of Criminology Newsletter
Volume: -
Issue: 71
Year: Winter 2012
Pages: 21-24
ISSN: 1759-8354
Language: English
Full Text: Edge Hill Research Archive [Free Access]

ART: A paedophile scandal foretold: Sir Jimmy Savile, child sexual abuse and the BBC

Authors: Chris Greer and Eugene McLaughlin
Title: A paedophile scandal foretold
Subtitle: Sir Jimmy Savile, child sexual abuse and the BBC
Journal: British Society of Criminology Newsletter
Volume: -
Issue: 71
Year: Winter 2012
Pages: 7-11
ISSN: 1759-8354
Language: English
Full Text: Edge Hill Research Archive [Free Access]

ART: Light entertainment: Child abuse and the British public

Author: Andrew O’Hagan
Title: Light entertainment
Subtitle: Child abuse and the British public
Journal: British Society of Criminology Newsletter
Volume: -
Issue: 71
Year: Winter 2012
Pages: 12-16
ISSN: 1759-8354
Language: English
Full Text: Edge Hill Research Archive [Free Access]

ART: Constructing Soldiers from Boys in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo

Authors: Jill Trenholm, Pia Olsson, Martha Blomqvist, and Beth Maina Ahlberg
Title: Constructing Soldiers from Boys in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo
Subtitle: -
Journal: Men and Masculinities
Year: January 16, 2013 (Published online before print)
Pages: 25 pages
ISSN: 1097-184X - eISSN: 1552-6828
Language: English
Full Text: SAGE Journals [Restricted Access]

Abstract: »This study is part of an ethnography focusing on war rape in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo where child soldiers are both victims and perpetrators of violence. Twelve ex-child soldier boys, aged thirteen to eighteen years, from a reintegration facility were interviewed about their soldiering experiences and their perspectives on sexual violence. Transcripts were analyzed using thematic analysis. Conceptual frameworks of militarized masculine identity and gender-based violence guided the process. Results revealed the systematic and violent construction of children into soldiers, inculcating a “militarized masculinity”; a rigid set of stereotypical hypermasculinized behaviors promoting dominance by violating, sexually and otherwise, the subordinate “other.” This was achieved through terrorizing/coercing, use of indigenous preparations, substance abuse, and forbidden reflection. This article presents a more contextualized complex view of the violent perpetrator whose behaviors are a manifestation of the modes and mechanisms in which society has constructed/reconstructed gender, ethnicity, and class, and the power dynamics therein.« [Source: Men and Masculinities]

RADIO: Jineth Bedoya: claims justice for rape

Title: Jineth Bedoya: claims justice for rape
Program: Outlook
Channel: BBC World Service
Date: January 24, 2013
Language: English
Duration: 25:56 min.

Description: »Colombian journalist Jineth Bedoya Lima explains how she used her investigative skills to seek justice for herself after she was abducted, raped and tortured in May 2000. Legal proceedings have now begun against three men accused of attacking her, all former members of a right wing paramilitary organisation.« [Source: BBC World Service]

Podcast: BBC

TV: Unschuldig in Haft - Wenn der Staat zum Täter wird

Title: Unschuldig in Haft - Wenn der Staat zum Täter wird
Program: Die Story im Ersten
Channel: Das Erste
Date: January 21, 2013
Language: German
Duration: 44:09 min.

Description: »Horst Arnold ist tot. Mit 53 Jahren hat sein Herz einfach aufgehört zu schlagen. Vielleicht hat es den Kampf nicht mehr ausgehalten gegen das Unrecht, das ihm widerfahren ist. Denn die letzten zehn Jahre waren für ihn, so sagte er, "die Hölle".«

Link: ARD Mediathek

CFP: Chartridge Books Oxford

Description: »Chartridge Books Oxford operates a new, open access publishing model. Chartridge Books Oxford aims to disseminate scholarly and academic books and other research information as widely as possible, in all subject areas, on an international basis.«

More information: Chartridge Books Oxford

PRIZE: 2013 Susie Pryor Award Competition

Prize: 2013 Susie Pryor Award Competition
Organization: Arkansas Women’s History Institute
Submission deadline: March 1, 2013

Description: »The Susie Pryor Award in Arkansas Women’s History offers an annual prize of $1,000 for the best unpublished essay on topics in Arkansas women’s history. Manuscripts are reviewed on their contributions to knowledge of women in Arkansas history, use of primary and secondary materials, creative interpretation, originality, and stylistic excellence.«

More information: Arkansas Women’s History Institute

CFP: Dangerous Women and Women in Danger

Conference: 2013 First Mondays Women’s History Conference
Place: Queen’s University Belfast
Date: March 8-9, 2013
Submission deadline for abstracts: February 8, 2013

Description: »The ... Conference, in celebration of International Women’s Day, will focus on the related theme of dangerous women and women facing peril. We welcome papers from a range of disciplines which explore these themes either through biographical studies or in a more thematic manner.«

More information: H-Net Announcements or H-Net Announcements

CFP: Violence in Indian History

Conference: Second Annual International Conference
Place: New Delhi, India
Date: November 1, 2013
Submission deadline for proposals: March 15, 2013

Description:
»Themes
Political Authority and Violence
Violence in Religion and Religion in Violence
Violence in Caste and Caste in Violence
Violence in Gender and Gender in Violence
Representation of Violence in Literature and Performance
Nationalism, Modernity and Violence«

More information: Archive India Institute

CFP: Gender, Sexuality, and Power

Conference: Annual Student research Conference of the Center for the Study of Genders and Sexualities at California State University
Place: Los Angeles, United States
Date: May 14, 2013
Submission deadline for abstracts: March 25, 2013

Description: »This is a one-day, interdisciplinary conference inclusive of graduate and undergraduate work in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences that addresses issues of gender and sexuality. We welcome papers from students of literature, history, political science, ethnic studies, anthropology, philosophy, sociology, women’s and gender studies, queer theory, criminology, psychology, law, business, biology, art history, communications, and the performing arts. We are particularly interested in work that takes an interdisciplinary approach and in work that considers gender and sexuality’s intersections with matters of race, ethnicity, disability, nation, class, and religion.«

More information: CFP website

CFP: Sexual Cultures in Modern Britain

Conference: Midwest Conference on British Studies
Place: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Date: October 11-13, 2013
Submission deadline for abstracts: April 1, 2013

Description: »Seeking two panel participants and a commentator/chair for a panel on sexual cultures in modern Britain. My own paper explores the transnational sexual culture of pornography producers and consumers between 1900 and 1939. I’d like to keep a focus on understudied sexual cultures and would especially welcome additional papers with a transnational theme. Papers focusing on LGBTQI themes, masculinities, or intersections of race and sexuality are all potentially good matches.«

More information: H-Net Announcements

CFP: Women in the Americas

Conference: 11th Institut des Amériques Conference
Place: Aix-en-Provence, France
Date: December 4-6, 2013
Submission deadline for proposals: April 1, 2013

Description:
»Beyond traditional oppositions and stereotypes, we invite contributions which question permanence and change in the role and status of women in the Americas.
Conference languages are English, French and Spanish.«

More information: Women in the Americas

January 19, 2013

ART: Embracing Rape: Understanding the Attractions of Exploitation Movies

Author: Martin Barker
Title: Embracing Rape
Subtitle: Understanding the Attractions of Exploitation Movies
In: Controversial Images. Media Representations on the Edge
Edited by: Feona Attwood, Vincent Campbell, I.Q. Hunter, and Sharon Lockyer
Place: New York
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Year: 2013
Pages: 217-238
ISBN-13: 9780230284050
Language: English
Full Text: Google Books [Limited Preview]

ART: Moving Forward by Looking Back: Reflecting on a Decade of CDC's Work in Sexual Violence Prevention, 2000–2010

Authors: Sarah DeGue, Thomas R. Simon, Kathleen C. Basile, Sue Lin Yee, Karen Lang, Howard Spivak
Title: Moving Forward by Looking Back
Subtitle: Reflecting on a Decade of CDC's Work in Sexual Violence Prevention, 2000–2010
Journal: Journal of Women's Health
Volume: 21
Issue: 12
Year: December 2012
Pages: 1211-1218
ISSN: 1540-9996 - eISSN: 1931-843X
Language: English
Full Text: Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. [Free Access]

Abstract: »In 2011, the Division of Violence Prevention (DVP) within CDC's Injury Center engaged an external panel of experts to review and evaluate its research and programmatic portfolio for sexual violence (SV) prevention from 2000 to 2010. This article summarizes findings from the review by highlighting DVP's key activities and accomplishments during this period and identifying remaining gaps in the field and future directions for SV prevention. DVP's SV prevention work in the 2000s included (1) raising the profile of SV as a public health problem, (2) shifting the field toward a focus on the primary prevention of SV perpetration, and (3) applying the public health model to SV research and programmatic activities. The panel recommended that DVP continue to draw attention to the importance of sexual violence prevention as a public health issue, build on prior investments in the Rape Prevention and Education Program, support high-quality surveillance and research activities, and enhance communication to improve the link between research and practice. Current DVP projects and priorities provide a foundation to actively address these recommendations. In addition, DVP continues to provide leadership and guidance to the research and practice fields, with the goal of achieving significant reductions in SV perpetration and allowing individuals to live to their full potential.« [Source: Journal of Women's Health]

ART: ‘To sin in loving virtue’: desire and possession in Measure for Measure

Author: Ewan Fernie
Title: ‘To sin in loving virtue’
Subtitle: Desire and possession in Measure for Measure
Journal: Sillages critiques
Volume: -
Issue: 15
Year: 2013
Pages: 10 pages
eISSN: 1969-6302
Language: French
Full Text: Revues.org [Free Access]

Abstract: »This essay offers a startling new reading of Shakespeare’s Angelo as a paradoxical if not tragic hero who discovers in his sudden and inexorable impulse to rape a nun in the dark that desire is always more-or-less demonic – even, and perhaps especially, when it is most elevated and for what is most sacred and rightly lovable. The burden of Angelo’s tragic knowledge is that we ‘sin in loving virtue’, that we are more like the carrion than the violet in the sun, that we ‘corrupt with virtuous season’. Measure for Measure emphasises we cannot but desire as a self and in a body, to the effect that the very otherness we honour in desire we immediately want to compromise by enjoying it for our own. The paper will argue that though it is Angelo who emblematises this, it is no less true of Isabella; and it is especially depressingly and irredeemably the case with the Duke.« [Source: Sillages critiques]

ART: Weapons of Sex, Weapons of War: Feminisms, ethnic conflict and the rise of rape and sexual violence in public international law during the 1990s

Author: Rana Jaleel
Title: Weapons of Sex, Weapons of War
Subtitle: Feminisms, ethnic conflict and the rise of rape and sexual violence in public international law during the 1990s
Journal: Cultural Studies
Volume: 27
Issue: 1
Year: 2013
Pages: 115-135
ISSN: 0950-2386 - eISSN: 1466-4348
Language: English
Full Text: Taylor & Francis Online [Restricted Access]

Abstract: »Recent international attention has focused on designations of rape and sexual violence in conflict zones. The most formative debates on this issue centre on the 1990s-era conflicts in the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda, which also involved heated debates amongst feminists over designations of rape as genocide. While the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda case, the Prosecutor v. Akayesu, resulted in the first formal charge of wartime rape as genocide within international criminal law, the first case to charge wartime rape as genocidal occurred in US federal court. This project looks for the overarching social and political meaning of the contemporary international legal focus on rape and sexual violence. It examines why, how, and to what extent US and transnational feminist legal academics and activists transmitted and secured their understandings of the relationships between sex, violence and ethno-religious difference within the international legal arena. In doing so, I argue that their participation in the contemporary recognition and narration of sexual injury in a global context both retreads and reconfigures the heated 1980s-era US Sex Wars debates on the workings of gender, sex, race and power.« [Source: Cultural Studies]

ART: Refusing to be a Man?

Author: Paul Kirby
Title: Refusing to be a Man?
Subtitle: Men’s Responsibility for War Rape and the Problem of Social Structures in Feminist and Gender Theory
Journal: Men and Masculinities
Year: January 10, 2013 (Published online before print)
Pages: 22 pages
ISSN: 1097-184X - eISSN: 1552-6828
Language: English
Full Text: SAGE Journals [Restricted Access]

Abstract: »As the majority perpetrators of sexual violence, it is plausible to see men as responsible for war rape not only as individuals, but also as collective bystanders, facilitators and beneficiaries. Following recent criticisms of individual legal and moral responsibility for rape as a war crime in international law, this article examines how we might think of war rape as a collective action in moral and explanatory terms. First, it assesses existing moral arguments for the responsibility of men in groups for rape, primarily with reference to the work of Claudia Card, Larry May and Robert Strikwerda. Critiquing elements of these arguments, it explores the difficulties in talking about `men' as a coherent group and in discussing `collectives' themselves. Second, the article draws out the connection between accounts of moral responsibility and accounts of causal responsibility. Drawing on critiques of collective responsibility and the long-standing agency/structure problem, it argues that causal accounts focusing on structure pose a serious challenge to ideas of both individual and collective moral responsibility. The complexities of the relationship between moral and causal claims are illustrated through a discussion of Susan Brownmiller and Catharine MacKinnon's influential perspectives on rape. The seeming paradox of responsibility is emphasised as a problem to be addressed by gender and feminist perspectives that seek to pursue both ethical and explanatory inquiry into the workings of masculinity and the political means for undoing gendered wrongs.« [Source: Men and Masculinities]

ART: "Without These Women, the Tribunal Cannot Do Anything": The Politics of Witness Testimony on Sexual Violence at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda

Author: Jonneke Koomen
Title: "Without These Women, the Tribunal Cannot Do Anything"
Subtitle: The Politics of Witness Testimony on Sexual Violence at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda
Journal: Signs
Volume: 38
Issue: 2
Year: Winter 2013
Pages: 253-277
ISSN: 0097-9740 - eISSN: 1545-6943
Language: English
Full Text: JSTOR [Restricted Access]

ART: Rape Trauma, the State, and the Art of Tracey Emin

Author: Yxta Maya Murray
Title: Rape Trauma, the State, and the Art of Tracey Emin
Subtitle: -
Journal: California Law Review
Volume: 100
Issue: 6
Year: December 2012
Pages: 1631-1710
ISSN: 0008-1221
Language: English
Full Text: California Law Review [Free Access]

Abstract:
»Prosecutors use rape trauma syndrome evidence at rape trials to explain victims' "counterintuitive" behaviors and demeanors, such as their late reporting, rape denials, returns to the scenes of their attacks, and lack of emotional affect. Courts and experts, in instructions and testimony, usually describe victim reticence as a product of shame or trauma. But feminist critics of Rape Trauma Syndrome evidence posit that the syndrome is based on incomplete evidence because most rapes are unreported. Furthermore, they object to its condescending, sexist, and colonial construction of rape victims and their emotions
In this Essay, I respond to feminist critics by studying the work of Tracey Emin. Emin is an English-Turkish artist who suffered an unreported rape at the age of thirteen and who has been commenting on that rape through her art ever since. Expanding and innovating upon the work of law and humanities scholars, I apply the insights found in art--or, what I describe as artifacts, with a deliberate play on words--to rape law. Through my study of her art, I show how the complexities of Emin's reactions to rape challenge the simplistic and often confusing stories that prosecutors, experts, and courts tell about victims during trials. Emin's art demonstrates that she harbors suspicions of the state, a skepticism based in part on her failure to correspond to "real rape" victim stereotypes. Her artistic critique, which includes audacious acts of what I deem worldbuilding and imaginary justice, adds much needed insight into problems of the Rape Trauma Syndrome model. From these insights, I make suggestions for rape law reform and adumbrate constitutional challenges to U.S. and English handling of rape cases.« [Source: California Law Review]

ART: Signifying Narratives: Revolting Voices in Alice Walker’s and Maya Angelou’s Narratives

Author: Najmeh Nouri
Title: Signifying Narratives
Subtitle: Revolting Voices in Alice Walker’s and Maya Angelou’s Narratives
Journal: The Iranian EFL Journal
Volume: 8
Issue: 6
Year: December 2012
Pages: 418-426
ISSN: 1836-8743 - eISSN: 1836-8751
Language: English
Full Text: Iranian EFL Journal [Free Access]

Abstract: »The act of writing about traumatic events, particularly about Black female victims who experienced rape, by Black women writers because of the way it demonstrates a kind of narrative that inclines to break the established codes, is an effective taskfor breaking down the walls of silence and speechlessness around sexual exploitation of Black women. In looking at the literary representation of Black women as rape victims, this paper will examine Alice Walker's The Color purple (1982), Maya Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1970). Reading the novels as trauma narratives, this paper aims to explore how Walker and Angelou offer a kind of narrative technique which inclines to demonstrate their desires to transform indirectly experienced form of horror as a black minority into life-giving stories. In other words, these writers through the act of writing react toward their unconscious desire that feels traumatized and needs to heal through writing.« [Source: Iranian EFL Journal]

ART: Rearticulating the Experience of War in Anonyma: Eine Frau in Berlin

Author: Holger Pötzsch
Title: Rearticulating the Experience of War in Anonyma: Eine Frau in Berlin
Subtitle: -
Journal: Nordlit
Volume: -
Issue: 30
Year: 2012
Pages: 15-33
ISSN: 1503-2086
Language: English
Full Text: Septentrio Academic Publishing [Free Access], Munin [Free Access]

Abstract:
»Situating itself in the field of cultural memory studies, this article traces the slow emergence in German historical discourse of the narrative of an anonymous German woman who survived the Soviet occupation of Berlin in 1945. I will, firstly, conceptualize the historical condition of the Anonyma as a precarious liminal sphere of transition between competing sovereignties that dislodged her political status as citizen and reconstituted her as bare life in the sense of Agamben. Secondly, I direct focus to the relationship between the personal story of the Anonyma and a historical Master narrative pertaining to the period.
The article argues for a close connection between the woman’s form of resistance that aimed at replacing unchecked rape with a form of coerced prostitution to reassert limited control over the borders of her body, and the negative reception her diary received after a first publication in Germany in 1959. Her story implicitly challenges a hegemonic discourse of war that treats mass rape as mainly an assault on the nation’s male defenders and that silences the victims’ traumatic experiences with reference to collective guilt and individual shame or treason.« [Source: Nordlit]

ART: La violence sexuelle dans Mesure pour mesure

Author: Yves Thoret
Title: La violence sexuelle dans Mesure pour mesure
Subtitle: -
Journal: Sillages critiques
Volume: -
Issue: 15
Year: 2013
Pages: 8 pages
eISSN: 1969-6302
Language: French
Full Text: Revues.org [Free Access]

Abstract: »Isabella is a victim of sexual blackmail when she pleads for mercy with Angelo for her brother. Such psychic coercion is a form of rape. When she is thus stigmatized, the victim’s reaction is usually based upon shame, silence, self-depreciation and she may be driven to suicide like Lucrece. Some may revenge themselves directly, like Titus Andronicus and his daughter Lavinia. In Measure for Measure, written some twelve years later after this first revenge tragedy, Isabella dares to protest against her offender as she claims for law and justice. Shakespeare compares this traumatic experience to a tree whose bark has been peeled off. At first, Isabella invokes a cruel de-humanized father-figure, superficially incorporated. Later on, influenced by the patient support of the Duke-Monk, she may elaborate an introjected father-figure, according to the pattern of the French psychoanalysts Nicolas Abraham and Maria Torok. This transference support helps Isabella to resist the stigmatization of the victims of sexual violence.« [Source: Sillages critiques]

ART: The satyriasis diagnosis: anti-clerical doctors and celibate priests in nineteenth-century France

Author: Tim Verhoeven
Title: The satyriasis diagnosis
Subtitle: Anti-clerical doctors and celibate priests in nineteenth-century France
Journal: French History
Volume: 26
Issue: 4
Year: December 2012
Pages: 504-523
ISSN: 0269-1191 - eISSN: 1477-4542
Language: English
Full Text: Oxford University Press [Restricted Access]

Abstract: »In the nineteenth century, doctors were an influential and articulate group within the anticlerical movement. This article examines the manner in which anticlerical doctors attacked one of the Catholic Church’s key rites, ecclesiastical celibacy, as a dangerous imposition on the male body. The key to this medical discourse was a condition which has received comparatively little attention from historians, satyriasis. A condition of excessive sexual desire in men, satyriasis was a disorder which, in extreme cases, led to crimes of sexual violence. For anticlerical doctors, the state of abstinence imposed on the clergy was a trigger for satyriasis, as well as two related disorders, masturbation and spermatorrhea. Catholic doctors responded to this argument by refuting the link between celibacy and satyriasis. But with the advent of the Third Republic, the attack on the priest as a sexual predator took on a new prominence in the context of Church-State battles over education and laicisation.« [Source: French History]

ART: Women, PMSCs and International Law

Author: Ana Filipa Vrdoljak
Title: Women, PMSCs and International Law
Subtitle: -
In: Gender and Private Force in Global Politics
Edited by: M. Eichler
Place: Oxford
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Year: 2013
Pages: 31 pages
Language: English
Full Text: SelectedWorks [Free Access]

Abstract:
»It is deeply ironic that as the implementation and enforcement of international humanitarian law and human rights law has been strengthened, in the last decades, through the establishment of individual complaint procedures, specialist tribunal and courts covering breaches of human rights law, international humanitarian law and international criminal law, there has been an erosion of these principles and protections through the privatisation of governmental and intergovernmental functions. Despite an exponential increase in the contracting out of these activities to PMSCs since 2001, the legal regulation of these companies and their personnel has been slow and fragmented.
The failure of the law and regulators to adequately keep up with the rapid expansion and diversification in the use of PMSCs has had a significant impact for victims of human rights violations perpetrated by PMSCs and their employees generally, and for women and girls in particular. To explore these developments, this chapter is divided into two parts. Part One focuses on current initiatives at the international level to provide a regulatory framework for PMSCs and which encompass the obligations of states (and international organisations) in respect of international humanitarian law, human rights law and use of force. Part Two outlines the influence of civil society participation (including feminist academics, women’s NGOs and so forth) in breaking the ‘silence’ within international organisations and international law concerning violence against women and girls and its potential influence upon the regulation of PMSCs. Both parts serve to highlight evolving notions of force and violence, accountability and enforcement, and access to justice and reparations within international law today.« [Source: SelectedWorks]

REV: The Rape of Troy. Evolution, Violence, and the World of Homer

Author: Katja Mellmann
Title: Jonathan Gottschall: The Rape of Troy. Evolution, Violence, and the World of Homer. Cambridge: Cambridge UP 2008. XII, 223 S.
Journal: GNOMON. Kritische Zeitschrift für die gesamte Klassische Altertumswissenschaft
Volume: 85
Issue: 1
Year: January 2013
Pages: 1-6
ISSN: 0017-1417
Language: German
Full Text: C.H. Beck [Restricted Access]

REV: War and Rape: Law, Memory and Justice

Author: Rasa Balockaite
Title: War and Rape: Law, Memory and Justice by Nicola Henry. London: Routledge, 2011. 167pp., £25.99, ISBN 9780415564731
Journal: Political Studies Review
Volume: 11
Issue: 1
Year: January 2013
Pages: 114-115
ISSN: 1478-9299 - eISSN: 1478-9302
Language: English
Full Text: Wiley Online Library [Restricted Access]

REV: A History of Violence: From the End of the Middle Ages to the Present

Author: Cynthia A. Bouton
Title: A History of Violence: From the End of the Middle Ages to the Present. By Robert Muchembled (trans. Jean Birrell) (Malden, Mass., Polity Press, 2012) 388 pp. $79.95 cloth 29.95 paper
Journal: The Journal of Interdisciplinary History
Volume: 43
Issue: 3
Year: Winter 2013
Pages: 475-476
ISSN: 0022-1953 - eISSN: 1530-9169
Language: English
Full Text: Project MUSE [Restricted Access]

GRANTS: Graduate Scholarships in Gender Studies, 2013-2014

Scholarship: MA and PhD Scholarships in Gender Studies
University: Central European University, Budapest, Hungary
Submission deadline: January 24, 2013

Description: »The Department of Gender Studies at Central European University attracts students from a range of disciplines in the social sciences and humanities, and focuses on integrative and comparative approaches to gender studies. Programs aim to critically examine past and present developments related to gender in culture and society. The curriculum in the department emphasizes interdisciplinary scholarship, such as gender and post-socialist studies, nationalism, queer theory, cultural studies, transnationalism, and international political movements.«

More information: Central European University

CFP: The Male Body in Medicine and Literature

Book: The Male Body in Medicine and Literature
Editors: Greta Depledge and Andrew Mangham
Submission deadline for abstracts: June 1, 2013

Description: »This new collection will provide interdisciplinary essays that will explore the complex intersections between literature and the medical treatment of the male body from 1600 to the present day. We wish to consider the wider cultural ramifications of the representation of the male body, health, sickness, masculinity and ‘manhood’ in relation to our understanding of gender studies, gender politics, science, medicine and literature.«

More information: CFP website

CFP: Sexual Fascinations from France and Spain

Journal: Transitions: Journal of Franco-Iberian Studies
Editors: Frédéric Conrod, Nuria Godón Martínez, Javier Irigoyen-García, Carrie L. Ruiz
Submission deadline: April 15, 2013

Description: »Transitions: Journal of Franco-Iberian Studies invites you to participate in the publication of its next volume dedicated to Eroticism, Sexualities, Pleasures, Fascinations, Artistic Expressions of Sex and Death in the Literature, the History, or the Cinema of France and/or Spain. Comparative approaches encouraged.«

More information: Transitions

CFP: "Boundaries, Bodies, and Dissidence": Negotiating New Spaces of Feminist Knowledge

Conference: Florida Atlantic University’s 15th Annual Women’s Studies Graduate Student Association Symposium
Place: Florida Atlantic University
Date: March 29, 2013
Submission deadline for abstracts: February 1, 2013

Description:
»We welcome scholarly work by graduate students from all disciplines. We hope to encourage lively debate about issues of common interest and encourage further work in the fields of gender and women’s studies issues.
This symposium is an opportunity for graduate students to present their ongoing work, thesis proposals or research papers.«

More information: H-Net Announcements

CFP: Reflections on Violence

Conference: Hispanic Studies Third Annual Graduate Conference
Place: Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, United States
Date: March 22-23, 2013
Submission deadline for abstracts: February 4, 2013

Description: »“Reflections on Violence” encourages participants to consider literature, film, the plastic arts, performance, cultural and political thought, philosophy, sociology, linguistics, psychology, anthropology, and so forth, as ontexts where violence is reframed. We welcome submissions from all disciplinary and rofessional backgrounds to present papers in English and/or Spanish. Panels are encouraged.«

More information: Texas A&M University

January 13, 2013

BOOK: Kindermund

Author: Pola Kinski
Title: Kindermund
Subtitle: -
Place: Berlin
Publisher: Insel Verlag
Year: 2013
Pages: 267pp.
Language: German

ART: Rape and rebellion

Author: Lesley Smith
Title: Rape and rebellion
Subtitle: -
Journal: Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care
Volume: 39
Issue: 1
Year: 2013
Pages: 58-59
ISSN: 1471-1893 - eISSN: 2045-2098
Language: English
Full Text: BMJ [Restricted Access]

ART: Rape

Author: Dagmar Hofmann
Title: Rape
Subtitle: -
In: The Encyclopedia of Ancient History
Edited by: Roger S. Bagnall, Kai Brodersen, Craige B. Champion, Andrew Erskine, and Sabine R. Huebner
Place: Oxford
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Year: 2012
Pages:
ISBN-13: 9781405179355 - eISBN-13: 9781444338386
Language: English
Full Text: Wiley Online Library [Restricted Access]

ART: Trauma, Body, and Mind: Forensic Medicine in Nineteenth-Century Dutch Rape Cases

Author: Willemijn Ruberg
Title: Trauma, Body, and Mind
Subtitle: Forensic Medicine in Nineteenth-Century Dutch Rape Cases
Journal: Journal of the History of Sexuality
Volume: 22
Issue: 1
Year: 2013
Pages: 85-104
ISSN: 1043-4070 - eISSN: 1535-3605
Language English
Full Text: University of Texas Press [Restricted Access]

REPORT: In the Matter of the late Jimmy Savile

Author: Alison Levitt
Title: In the Matter of the late Jimmy Savile
Subtitle: Report to the Director of Public Prosecutions
Place: London
Publisher: Crown Prosecution Service
Date: Januar 11, 2013
Pages: 128pp.
Language: English
Full Text: Crown Prosecution Service [Free Access]

CFP: History of Sexuality

Conference: 10th European Social Science History Conference
Place: Vienna, Austria
Date: April 25-26, 2014
Submission deadline for proposals: May 15, 2013

Description: »The Sexuality Network of the 10th European Social Science History Conference invites papers on the history of sexuality for inclusion in its programme of panels at this bi-annual conference. ... We welcome proposals for full panels (of 3- 4 papers) as well as offers of individual papers. Papers and panels on all historical periods are welcome.«

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RADIO: Ende der Aufklärung? - Die katholische Kirche und der Missbrauch

Title: Ende der Aufklärung? - Die katholische Kirche und der Missbrauch
Program: Der Tag
Channel: hr2
Date: January 10, 2013
Language: German
Duration: 54:12 min.

Description: »Drei Jahre ist es her, dass der Rektor des katholischen Canisius-Kollegs in Berlin das Schweigen brach. Das Schweigen einer ganzen Generation von Lehrern vor ihm, das Schweigen über den Missbrauch von Schülern in den 70er und 80er Jahren. Der Jesuitenpater Klaus Mertes stieß damit eine Welle von Aufdeckungen sexuellen Missbrauchs an kirchlichen - und später auch nichtkirchlichen - Bildungseinrichtungen an.«

Podcast: Hessischer Rundfunk

RADIO: Missbrauchsstudie

Title: Missbrauchsstudio
Program: Tagesgespräch
Channel: Bayern 2
Date: January 10, 2013
Language: German
Duration: 53:43 min.

Description: »Ärger um Missbrauchsstudie: Tut die Kirche genug für die Aufarbeitung? Mod.: Christine Krueger; Gast: Prof. Heiner Keupp, Sozialpsychologe«

Podcast: Bayerischer Rundfunk

RADIO: Where is the Fire of Pentecost? Sexual Abuse, the Catholic Church and Culture

Title: Where is the Fire of Pentecost? Sexual Abuse, the Catholic Church and Culture
Program: Encounter
Channel: ABC Radio National
Date: January 5, 2013
Language: English
Duration: 53:50 min.

Description: »Sexual abuse of children and adolescents by Catholic clergy has shocked communities in the United States, Britain, Ireland, Australia, and most recently Germany and Belgium. It promises to be a continuing story, given the forthcoming Royal Commission's focus on institutional abuse. In 2010, on the feast of Pentecost, the Christian feast that gives birth to the church, then Canberra Goulbourn Archbishop Mark Coleridge addressed his community, acknowledging that many of the causes of abuse can be located in the Church's culture. We ask experts about the ways culture is a determining factor for sexual abuse. What has been learnt? What ought to be done?«

Podcast: ABC Radio National

January 5, 2013

RADIO: Thema vom Tisch? Der Runde Tisch Sexueller Kindesmissbrauch - und der Stand der Dinge an einigen Tatorten

Title: Thema vom Tisch? Der Runde Tisch Sexueller Kindesmissbrauch - und der Stand der Dinge an einigen Tatorten
Program: Länderreport
Channel: Deutschlandradio Kultur
Date: December 12, 2012
Language: German
Duration: 17:11 min.

Description: »2010 kam das Thema auf den Tisch: Der Rektor des katholischen Canisius-Kollegs in Berlin, Klaus Mertes, wollte das Schweigen brechen und sorgte dafür, dass Missbrauchsfälle aus den 70er- und 80er-Jahren öffentlich gemacht wurden. Eine Debatte über sexuellen Missbrauch von Kindern in privaten und öffentlichen Einrichtungen begann, weitere Fälle wurden aufgedeckt und alte Fälle neu thematisiert.«

Manuscript: DRadio.de
Podcast: DRadio.de

RADIO: Historic child abuse lessons

Title: Historic child abuse lessons
Program: The Report
Channel: BBC Radio 4
Date: January 3, 2013
Language: English
Duration: 27:57 min.

Description: »After a year marked by new allegations about the scale of historic child abuse are there lessons for England and Wales in the way other countries have dealt with the issue? Simon Cox reports.«

Podcast: BBC

ART: Thoughts on the Intersection of Rape and Rassenchande during the Holocaust

Author: Steven T. Katz
Title: Thoughts on the Intersection of Rape and Rassenchande during the Holocaust
Subtitle: -
Journal: Modern Judaism
Volume: 32
Issue: 3
Year: October 2012
Pages: 293-322
ISSN: 0276-1114 - eISSN: 1086-3273
Language: English
Full Text: Oxford Journals [Restricted Access]

ART: Incestuous rape, abjection, and the colonization of psychic space in Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye and Shani Mootoo’s Cereus Blooms at Night

Author: Emy Koopmana
Title: Incestuous rape, abjection, and the colonization of psychic space in Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye and Shani Mootoo’s Cereus Blooms at Night
Subtitle: -
Journal: Journal of Postcolonial Writing
Year: 2012 (preview)
Pages:
ISSN: 1744-9855 - eISSN: 1744-9863
Language: English
Full Text: Taylor & Francis Online [Restricted Access]

Abstract: »Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye (1970) and Shani Mootoo’s Cereus Blooms at Night (1996) both apply a strategy of connecting rape to other forms of oppression, suggesting that incest is at least partly the result of the dynamics of being colonized and “othered”. This article brings out the problematics of closely associating colonization and (incestuous) rape by exploring the associations made in these two novels. It uses Kelly Oliver’s concept of “the colonization of psychic space” to argue that the novels demonstrate that without a positive space of meaning, victims of racial oppression and of sexual violence find themselves among the abjected. The close association made between colonization and incest is criticized for ignoring the specificity of the processes by which incest and rape function to make one feel abjected.« [Source: Journal of Postcolonial Writing]

ART: Monsters, playboys, virgins and whores: Rape myths in the news media’s coverage of sexual violence

Author: Shannon O’Hara
Title: Monsters, playboys, virgins and whores
Subtitle: Rape myths in the news media’s coverage of sexual violence
Journal: Language and Literature. Journal of the Poetics and Linguistics Association
Volume: 21
Issue: 3
Year: August 2012
Pages: 247-259
ISSN: 0963-9470 - eISSN: 1461-7293
Language: English
Full Text: SAGE Journals [Restricted Access]

Abstract: »Much of the news media’s coverage of sexual violence perpetuates myths and stereotypes about rape, rapists and rape victims (Burt, 1980). This is troubling, as the news media shapes public opinion about rape (Soothill, 1991) and can affect policy-making, not to mention the running of the legal system itself (Emmers-Sommer et al., 2006: 314). The news media frequently portray rapists using monster imagery (Barnett, 2008; Mason and Monckton-Smith, 2008; Soothill et al., 1990), their victims classed either as ‘virgins’ attacked by these so-called ‘monsters’ or instead as promiscuous women who invited the rape (Benedict, 1992). These depictions can impact upon public opinion as the more frequently rape myths are used, the more accessible they become. This can be harmful to rape victims when individuals who subscribe to these myths are involved in the criminal justice system (Franiuk et al., 2008: 304–305). Through a lexical analysis of the newspaper coverage surrounding three news events gathered from three LexisNexis searches, this article assesses the use of rape myths within the British and American news media’s reporting of such violence.« [Source: Language and Literature]

BOOK: Rape in Stieg Larsson's Millennium Triology and Beyond

Editors: Berit Åström, Katarina Gregersdotter, and Tanya Horeck
Title: Rape in Stieg Larsson's Millennium Triology and Beyond
Subtitle: Contemporary Scandinavian and Anglophone Crime Fiction
Place: Basingstoke
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Year: 2013
Pages: 232pp.
Language: English

THESIS: The Impact of Stanford v. Kentucky (1989) and Roper v. Simmons (2005) on Juvenile Crime Rates

Author: Mark Gifford
Title: The Impact of Stanford v. Kentucky (1989) and Roper v. Simmons (2005) on Juvenile Crime Rates
Subtitle: -
Thesis: BA Thesis, Emory University
Year: 2012
Pages: 53pp.
Language: English
Full Text: Emory Electronic Theses and Dissertations Repository [Free Access]

Abstract: »This paper explores the effects of two Supreme Court rulings related to capital punishment for juveniles. The effects of Stanford v. Kentucky (1989), which permitted the execution of 16 and 17 year olds, and Roper v. Simmons (2005), which abolished executions for individuals below the age of 18, on violent crime rates of 16 and 17 year olds will be analyzed using state level panel data from 1981-2008. Using a difference-in-differences model, this paper finds that the Stanford v. Kentucky is correlated with a 0.152 decrease in the forcible rape rate per 100,000 people in the years following the Supreme Court decision. Furthermore, findings indicate that the Roper v. Simmons decision is correlated with a 0.982 increase in murder rates per 100,000 people aged between 15 and 19. However, results with regards to Roper v. Simmons also find that the decision correlates to an increase in burglary rates per 100,000 people in the years following the ruling.« [Source: Emory Electronic Theses and Dissertations Repository]

THESIS: The Bosnian Conflict: Justice, Genocide, Ethnic Cleansing, and the Systematic Use of Rape

Author: Kaitlin [Anne] McKenzie
Title: The Bosnian Conflict
Subtitle: Justice, Genocide, Ethnic Cleansing, and the Systematic Use of Rape
Thesis: Master Thesis, Emory University
Year: 2012
Pages: 66pp.
Language: English
Full Text: Emory Electronic Theses and Dissertations Repository [Free Access]

Abstract: »The 1992-1995 Bosnian conflict changed the face of war in a post-United Nations world. By the time the Dayton Peace Accords were signed ending the conflict, approximately 200,000 people were killed and 2 million displaced, while the international community stood horrified at the unfolding genocide. There are four first's that make the Bosnian conflict unique: the first international criminal tribunal created since the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg and the International Military Tribunal for the Far East, the first time rape was used as a systematic weapon of war, the first time the term "ethnic cleansing" was used (in an effort to avoid using the term genocide, which would enact legal responsibilities via the Genocide Convention), and the first European genocide since WWII. The systematic rape of Muslim women, the mass expulsion of Muslims from Bosnia, and the deliberate killing of thousands of Bosnian civilians culminated into an "ethnic cleasning," which the United Nations deemed aform of genocide. Lessons learned from examining this modern day genocide may be used to prevent similar atrocities from taking place in the future.« [Source: Emory Electronic Theses and Dissertations Repository]

CFP: Gender and Sexuality in the Construction of Knowledge

Conference: German Studies Association Conference
Place: Denver, Colorado, USA
Date: October 3-6, 2013
Submission deadline for proposals: January 11, 2013

Description: »We seek papers from scholars working on gender and sexuality, including the appearance of bodies, as a component of disciplinary formation; contests over what is defined as knowledge or method; the use of gendered ascriptions in defining the proper characteristics of researchers and objects of study; and other similar topics linking gender or sexuality, power, and the construction of knowledge. ... The GSA considers papers in the areas of German history, literature, culture, politics and any other discipline with a focus on German-speaking Europe in any time period.«

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CFP: Women, sex/sex work, and the nineteenth-century market

Conference: 2014 Annual Meeting of the Organization of American Historians or American Historical Associations 2014 Annual Meeting
Place: Atlanta, Georgia, USA or Washington, DC, USA
Date: March 2014 or January 2014
Submission deadline for proposals: January 15, 2013

Description: »I am seeking panelists to participate in a session on women, sex/sex work, and the nineteenth-century market at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the Organization of American Historians (Atlanta, Ga in March 2014) or the American Historical Association’s 2014 Annual Meeting (Washington, DC in January 2014).«

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CFP: Writing Bodies: Gender and Medicine in the Nineteenth Century

Journal: Nineteenth Century Gender Studies
Issue Editors: Ally Crockford and Lena Wånggren
Submission deadline: March 1, 2013

Description: »This special issue aims to situate nineteenth-century gender studies within a wider conversation that is taking place regarding health, medicine, and embodiment across the humanities and social sciences, to address a critical gap in the conversations about the intersection of nineteenth-century gender politics and medicine.«

More information: CFP website