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.

September 5, 2012

ART: Reproductive Heteronormativity and Sexual Violence in the Bangladesh War of 1971

Author: Nayanika Mookherjee
Title: Reproductive Heteronormativity and Sexual Violence in the Bangladesh War of 1971
Subtitle: A Discussion with Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak
Journal: Social Text
Volume: 30
Issue: 2
Year: Summer 2012
Pages: 123-131
ISSN: 0164-2472 - eISSN: 1527-1951
Language: English
Full Text: Duke University Press [Restricted access]

Abstract: »In 1971, the formation of Bangladesh coincided with the death of a large number of civilians and the rape of many women. In stark contrast to the assumption of complete silence relating to war-time rape, the independent Bangladeshi government publicly designated that all women raped as a result of the war in 1971 were birangonas (war heroines). This effort remains internationally unprecedented and yet unknown to many apart from Bangladeshis. The government also set up various rehabilitation programs and centers to ensure the women were not socially ostracized. The history of rape of 1971 has remained in the Bangladeshi public memory through the last forty years. It has been a topic of literary and visual media (films, plays, photographs), thereby ensuring that the raped woman endured as an iconic figure. Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, who is primarily associated with deconstruction and a feminist-Marxist approach to postcolonialism, has been working with various organizations in Bangladesh for many years. Spivak first went to Bangladesh when she visited one of these rehabilitation centers while she was accompanying her mother, Sivani Chakravorty, and took photographs of the women and the rehabilitation program in Dhaka in January 1973. The following discussion highlights the personal, political, and intellectual context within which Spivak undertook this visit to Bangladesh along with a deconstructive reading of sexual violence during wars which she refers to as the “tacit globalization of reproductive heteronormativity.”« [Source: Social Text]

BOOK: Rape in Chicago

Author: Dawn Rae Flood
Title: Rape in Chicago
Subtitle: Race, Myth, and the Courts
Place: Champaign, IL
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Year: 2012
Pages: 272pp.
Language: English

THESIS: A "Peculiar Offence"

Author: Joni L. Koneval
Title: A "Peculiar Offence"
Subtitle: Legal, Popular, and Gendered Perceptions of Rape in the Early American Republic, 1790-1850
Thesis: Master of Arts Thesis, Youngstown State University
Year: 2012
Pages: v + 94pp.
Language: English
Full Text: OhioLINK ETD Center [Free access]

Abstract: »Rape was a constant topic in the Early Republic, whether in legal cases, factual newspaper articles, or fictional novels. This thesis examines the legal, popular, and gendered perceptions of rape in the Early American Republic (1790-1850) and demonstrates how the period's legal and social systems constantly influenced one another's conception of rape. Moving beyond the conclusions of previous scholars, this thesis argues that conflicting variations of rape existed in the Early Republic and that rape in this historical context cannot be simply defined as the male population's exercise of patriarchal power over the female population. Chapter one analyzes rape from a legal perspective and examines cases of rape and attempted rape and the laws and statutes that governed them. It argues that the prosecution of rape in the Early Republic was extraordinarily arbitrary and greatly influenced by the popular perception of rape and sexual behavior. Chapter two examines from a social and cultural perspective and analyzes popular representations and perceptions of rape and sex in novels and newspapers. It argues that the legal and popular perceptions of rape in the Early Republic were more heavily rooted in fiction than in fact, creating a rape narrative that permeated rape prosecutions. Finally, chapter three addresses the role of gender and power in the legal and popular representations of rape in the Early Republic. It argues that in the process of being further victimized, Early Republic rape victims exercised agency through the legal and social systems' perceptions and expectations of them.« [Source: OhioLINK ETD Center]

RADIO: Jagdszenen aus Unterfranken

Title: Jagdszenen aus Unterfranken. Der Fall Eschenau
Program: Kulturfeature
Channel: WDR 3
Date: August 11, 2012
Language: German

Description: »In einem fränkischen 200-Seelen-Dorf werden Kinder und junge Frauen sexuell missbraucht. Über 40 Jahre hinweg. Als ein Opfer das Schweigen bricht, erhängt sich ein Verdächtiger, ein anderer landet nach missglücktem Suizid in der Psychiatrie. Ein Gericht verurteilt ihn zu 4 ½ Jahren Gefängnis. Den Opfern widerfuhr Gerechtigkeit, im Dorf herrscht seitdem Krieg. Ein Jahr lang beobachtete die Autorin das fränkische Dorf in Phasen des Aufruhrs, des Kampfes, der Angst und der Erschöpfung. Und der Fall Eschenau wurde schließlich zum Sozio- und Psychogramm, beispielhaft für den Druck zur Gemeinschaft dazuzugehören, beispielhaft für die Schwierigkeiten einer Gesellschaft, Mitgefühl und Zivilcourage aufzubringen.«

Manuscript: Westdeutscher Rundfunk

CFP: Classifying Sex

Conference: Classifying Sex
Place: Cambridge, UK
Date: July 4-5, 2013
Submission deadline: Unknown

Description: »This conference brings together social scientists, gender scholars, sexologists, psychiatrists, historians of science, as well as mental health practitioners and sexual rights activists to critically explore the sexual classifications produced by the 5th edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of mental Disorders (DSM), published in May 2013. The DSM is the standard reference for the classification of mental disorders, and its first major revision since 1994 is consequently an important event. The conference will explore which categories of normal and abnormal, healthy and pathological sexualities the new manual produces, and critically scrutinise their consequences for diagnostic practices, as well as their wider social and political implications.«

More information: Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Cambridge

CFP: War and Peace: Violence, Justice, Representation

Conference: War and Peace: Violence, Justice, Representation
Place: Western Illinois University, Macomb IL
Date: November 9-10, 2012
Submission deadline for abstracts: October 5 2012

Description: »The English Graduate Organization and Liberal Arts and Sciences Graduate Organization of Western Illinois University invite submissions for our ninth annual conference. We are interested in how the humanities, social sciences, and sciences navigate and interpret the spaces of war and peace.«

More information: CFP website

CFP: Experiencing Prison

Conference: 4th Global Conference: Experiencing Prison
Place: Prague, Czech Republic
Date: May 12-14, 2013
Submission deadline for abstracts: November 30, 2012

Description: »This inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary conference marks the continuation of a project dedicated to the study of the experience of imprisonment. Imprisonment has become the dominant form of punishment in most societies across the world. It may occur prior to trial, or as a result of sentencing by a properly constituted court. Imprisonment without trial or due process occurs in various forms in most societies across the world, mostly sanctioned by the state itself, sometimes used as a political strategy by military, ideological, political or religious groups within a state, or by groups desirous of becoming a state. We welcome contributions about the experience of incarceration across the entire range of perspectives, including legal, criminological, historical, fictional, phenomenological, biographical and autobiographical. Contributions are welcomed from former prisoners, detainees, incarcerated asylum seekers, former prisoners of war, political prisoners or those detained because of nationalist, religious or other convictions.«

More information: Inter-Disciplinary.Net

CFP: Violence

Conference: 11th Global Conference: Violence
Place: Prague, Czech Republic
Date: May 9-11, 2013
Submission deadline for abstracts: November 30, 2012

Description: »This conference is one of a continuing series that aims to bring together people from a wide range of disciplines to focus on Violence. Our intention is to contribute to the body of thought which seeks to understand the nature and causes of this endemic feature of society. Such a complex phenomenon has many faces, a multitude of contexts (real or imagined), and many possible explanations in relation to causation and to the role Violence has played and still plays in societies all over the world and at every stage of development. Perpetrators may be states, political or religious factions within states, military groups, state or private institutions, communities, gangs, families or individuals. The range of possible victims is equally diverse and possible explanations range across historical, cultural, political, ethical, literary, functional, psychological, criminological, sociological, biological and economic sources. We therefore invite contributions from any and all of these disciplinary areas.«

More information: Inter-Disciplinary.Net

CFP: Crime, Violence and the Irish in the Ninteteenth Century

Conference: Annual Conference of the Society for the Study of Nineteenth-Century Ireland
Place: Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne
Date: June 26-27, 2013
Submission deadline for proposals: February 28, 2013

Description: »The Society invites proposals for its twenty-first annual conference which will address the theme of crime and violence in nineteenth-century Ireland and amongst Irish communities abroad. ... Topics which might usefully be explored, but are by no means limited to, include:
•Secret societies: membership, aims, methods
•Urban crime: combinations and work-related violence
•Policing: challenges and responses
•The churches: clerical reactions to crime and violence
•Criminal justice system: efficacy and criticisms
•Cultural responses: crime and violence in literature, music, theatre.
•Historiography: new approaches to crime and violence
•The Irish abroad: the transported and disaffected revolutionaries«.

More information: H-Net Announcements