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.

July 7, 2010

WEBSITE: Kriminalität in und um Wien 1703-1803. Eine Datenbank

Description: "Im Unterschied zum Quellenreichtum anderer europäischer Städte verfügt Wien über nur wenige Archivalien zur frühneuzeitlichen Strafjustiz. Mit dem ab 1703 erscheinenden Wienerischen Diarium, seit 1780 Wiener Zeitung genannt, steht jedoch eine durchgehend überlieferte Quelle zur Verfügung. Die hier präsentierte Datenbank schließt eine Forschungslücke und stellt die Ergebnisse der interessierten Öffentlichkeit zur Verfügung. Im Sinne der Grundlagenforschung wurden 101 Jahrgänge durchgesehen und beginnend mit dem Gründungsjahr der Zeitung 1703 bis einschließlich 1803 alle in der Zeitung dokumentierten kriminellen Handlungen und deren Bestrafung in und um Wien erfasst."

Link: Homepage of Susanne Hehenberger.

CFP: Crime and Crime Narratives in Postcolonial Societies

"An upcoming issue of the Journal of Postcolonial Cultures and Societies will focus on crime in those cultures and societies. In addition to the Caribbean region, Central and South America, Africa, Asia, and the Pacific region, articles may focus on how the topic applies to "minority" populations in European nations, Australia and New Zealand, Canada, and the United States.

Papers from all disciplines related to the topic are welcome: from sociological studies of incidence, causes, and effects to criminological studies of law enforcement methods, the judiciary, and penology; from studies of popular culture, especially films and television programming, to analyses of crime narratives, from reportage and nonfiction books to treatments in “serious” and genre fiction."
Submission deadline: November 1, 2010.

More information: Call for Papers website.

CFP: No Longer Silent: Trauma in Contemporary Asian American (Korean) Literature

42nd Annual Convention of the Northeast Modern Language Association, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, April 7-10, 2011.

"This panel seeks to theorize trauma and American identity specifically in the works of Nora Okja Keller, Changrae Lee, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, Mia Yun, Patti Kim, and Susan Choi, Korean American authors of the post-1965 Immigration Act generation. Topics or critical paradigms can include, but are not limited to: the abject, silence, subjectivity, transnationalism, femininity, masculinity, memory, politics, rape, torture, trauma theory, psychoanalytic theory, and reader-response."

Submission deadline for abstracts: September 30, 2010.

More information: Call for Papers website or H-Net Announcements.

CFP: Mapping the Landscapes of Childhood

University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada, May 5-7, 2011.

"This multidisciplinary conference will engage scholars and practitioners from a wide variety of academic disciplines (including the sciences, arts, humanities, social sciences, policy studies, and education) in a consideration of the state of child studies, which has changed significantly in recent decades."

"Conference Themes and Questions: definitions and boundaries of childhood: invented or discovered?; indigenous theories and experiences of childhood; the importance of gender; the impact of globalization; the impact of changing technologies on children and childhood, and on the study of children and childhood; concepts of adolescence; vulnerability and empowerment; and health, development, disability, and risk. Proposals for papers on additional themes will also be considered."

Submission deadline for abstracts: October 1, 2010.

More information: University of Lethbridge.

CFP: "The Letter of the Law": Law Matters in Language and Literature

8th International Conference of the Hellenic Association for the Study of English, University of Athens, Greece, May 5-8, 2011.

"The conference is interested in exploring literature as a juridically-defined commodity and reassessing the impact of law on literary history, as the emergence of the modern concept of literature was determined by copyright laws and censorship. We are also interested in the pragmatics of rhetoric and legal discourse, as well as in new research in the field of forensic linguistics, manifested in both written (e.g., judgements used in juridical settings, legislation, contracts) and spoken forms of discourse (e.g., lawyer client consultation, counsel-witness examination, interview techniques)."

Submission deadline for proposals: October 3, 2010.

More information: Call for Papers website.

CFP: Re-thinking the Monstrous: Violence and Criminality in Society

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Munich, July 1-3, 2011.

"In current theories of violence and crime, the monstrous has come to signify the non-human or the amalgamation of the human and its 'other', representing the embodiment of socially deviant behavior, or associated with physical disfigurement and mental disability, or excessive physical strength and exceptional intellectual capacity. Consequently, the monstrous has always played into the image/portrayal of the criminal, and has always been in the centre of attention - generating fear, repulsion, as well as fascination. Engaging with the prevailing antagonisms and dichotomies that surround and the monstrous, this interdisciplinary conference seeks to re-think, re-evaluate and reposition the correlation of this concept with issues o criminality and violence. We welcome proposals that consider the monstrous and its position in the discourse of violence and crime in relation to contemporary theoretical models, social and historical contexts, scientific developments, and other fictional and non-fictional influences. We are particularly interested in work that pursues an interdisciplinary approach."

Submission deadline for abstracts: November 1, 2011.

More information: Call for Papers website or H-Net Announcements.

CFP: Beyond Trauma: Narrative of (Im)possibility (in Contemporary Literatures in English)

Departamento de Filología Inglesa y Alemana, Universidad de Zaragoza, March 31 - April 2, 2011.

"Beyond Trauma: Narratives of (Im)possibility seeks to analyse this phenomenon and the possibilities of recovering from trauma as represented in contemporary narratives in English. Is fiction the appropriate site to explore the therapeutic process of working through traumatic events? Or are non-fictional forms like testimony or autobiography better equipped for it? What narrative strategies are deployed in order to convey that process? Are some literary genres more suitable than others for the representation of trauma and/or self healing? Is there any significant divergence in the approach to trauma and healing by hegemonic and marginal or minority groups? How are the ethical implications of representing trauma conveyed?"

Submission deadline: December 1, 2010.

More information: Call for Papers website.

CFP: Lost and Othered Children in Contemporary Cinema

"Seeking original articles for an edited collection about lost and "Othered" children in contemporary cinema (from 1980 to the present). In contrast to traditional portraits of sweetness and light, there is a large body of cinematic works that provide a counter note of darkness to the more common notion of the innocent and pure child. These films depict childhood as a site of knowingness, despair, sexuality, death, and even madness. This collection’s project is to explore this filmic imagining of the dark side of childhood."

Submission deadline for abstracts: August 1, 2010.

More information: Call for Papers website.

CONF: Representations of Prostitution, Sex Work and Sex trafficking between the 19th and 21st Centuries

University of Exeter, September 9-10, 2010. (NB: Change of location from London to Exeter)

"Little attention has been paid to the evolution of the prostitute's representation over the past two centuries from the novel and stage towards the globalized modes of film, television and the internet. This conference will bring together studies of the representation of prostitution from a range of cultures, including Europe, North Africa, the US, Latin America, China, Japan, Korea, and India. In this transnational context we will examine how various representational forms inflect the figure differently."

More information: University of Exeter.