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.

December 11, 2010

RADIO: "Man spricht ja von der sexuellen Versklavung"

Thema, Deutschlandradio Kultur, December 10, 2010. (07:59 min.)

Description: "Erst Jahrzehnte nach dem asiatisch-pazifischen Krieg geben Zwangsprostituierte aus den japanischen Militärbordellen ihr Schweigen auf. "Sie haben sich schuldig gefühlt, sie haben sich dafür geschämt", sagt Nataly Jung-Hwa Han, Leiterin der AG Trostfrauen im Koreaverband."

Link: Deutschlandradio [Text, MP3].

RADIO: Zornige Dame aus Korea: Die ehemalige "Trostfrau" Lee Soo San

Thema, Deutschlandradio Kultur, December 10, 2010. (02:28 min.)

Description: "Vor über 60 Jahren wurden Lee Soo San in einem japanischen Militärbordell, in dem sie als "Trostfrau" eingesperrt war, brutale Verletzungen zugefügt. Lange hat sie über ihr Schicksal geschwiegen, aber jetzt erzählt sie im Dokumentarfilm "63 years on" ihre furchtbare Geschichte."

Link: Deutschlandradio [Text, MP3].

WEBSITE: AG "Trostfrauen", Korea-Verband e.V.

Description: "Die AG "Trostfrauen" im Korea-Verband wurde im November 2009 auf Initiative von Nataly Jung-Hwa Han gegründet. Die Arbeitsgruppe leistet Bildungs- und Öffentlichkeitsarbeit und führt politische Kampagnen mit dem Ziel durch, die Problematik der "Trostfrauen" in Deutschland bekannt zu machen. Die Mitglieder der AG kommen aus China, Deutschland, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, den USA und anderen Ländern."

Link: Korea-Verband e.V.

December 7, 2010

BOOK: Un cuaderno para ayudarte: Historias de abuso sexual infantil

Authors: Mariela Ferreira and Carmen Liliana Chona
Title: Un cuaderno para ayudarte
Subtitle: Historias de abuso sexual infantil
Place: Montevideo
Year: 2010
Pages: 76pp.
Language: Spanish
More information: History of Rape: A Bibliography

(Update: October 18, 2014)

CFP: Women and mythology

Philadelphia, PA, March 12-13, 2011.

"The Association for the Study of Women and Mythology (ASWM) invites proposals for The Embodied Goddess, March 12-13 in Philadelphia, PA, including aspects of gender and sexuality; body wisdom; maternity, menstruation and other womens mysteries; Asian womens traditions; and other folk traditions."
Submission deadline for abstracts: December 15, 2010.

More information: H-Net Announcements.

CPF: Berkshire Conference on the history of women poster session

University of Massachusetts, Amherst, June 9-12, 2011.

"The Poster session aims to allow for one-on-one discussion between scholars of all levels on topics pertaining to the broader theme of the conference: "GENERATIONS: Exploring Race, Sexuality, and Labor across Time and Space.""
Submission deadline for abstracts: December 15, 2010.

More information: H-Net Announcements.

CFP: Breaking out of the box: redefining masculinity

Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, April 1-3, 2011.

"NOMAS calls for workshops, panels, and papers that evaluate and examine diverse aspects of gender identity, gender roles, the construction of masculinity, and the experience of men's lives, specifically as related to the role of men as allies in the women's and domestic violence movements. Presentations can cover a wide range of topics, including but not limited to the following: Sexual violence, Experience of men's lives, Pro-feminism, Domestic violence work, Sexuality, Workplace issues, Spirituality, Homophobia, Un-learning the rules of masculinity and dominance, Globalization, Fathering, Relationships, Health, Aging, Pornography, Anti-racism, Men in prison, Diverse ways in which the lives of men and women are enhanced through challenging old gender roles."
Submission deadline for proposals: December 31, 2010.

More information: Call for Papers website.

CFP: American pornographies

Graduate Conference. Leipzig, Germany, April 1-2, 2011.

"We therefore invite proposals that investigate the intricacies of pornography as well as those that frame 'pornography' in the broader context of consumerism and related notions like sensationalism, voyeurism, materialism, or exhibitionism. Accordingly, contributions could address questions such as: Which new challenges to the concept of pornography have arisen since feminism has complicated simplistic notions of pornography as always being oppressive? How has consumerism, in turn, reconfigured notions of gender, 'race,' and sexuality? How do shifting understandings of consumption create transnational and individual narratives or turn previously unidirectional phenomena like Americanization into reciprocal processes? In what ways is consumerism both vilified and cherished--in terms of individualism, modernization, social mobility, power dynamics, or materialist re-readings of the American Dream? In how far do terms like 'food porn,' 'torture porn,' and the 'pornography of violence' complicate understandings of 'consuming,' e.g., information, religion, and war through sensationalist depictions in the media and pop culture?
Calling for an interdisciplinary angle, we welcome contributions by MA-level students from literary and cultural studies, sociology, political science, history, minority studies, gender studies, media studies, and all other fields related to American studies. Proposals on pornography could focus, for instance, on political censorship of allegedly 'obscene' art, on how 'queer' pornographies differ in their depictions of gender or their projections of gazes, or on interracial constellations in pornography as a perpetuation of (stereotypical) cultural fantasies. We also encourage contributions that incorporate a broader understanding of 'pornography.' These papers could range, for example, from investigating the visual commodification of ideologies or bodies (e.g. in advertising) to discussing the 'pornographication' of the youth; from reading suburbia--both in fiction and as a social reality--as conformed, commodified living to looking at global affairs through the lens of 'political pornography.'"
Submission deadline for abstracts: January 6, 2011.

More information: Call for Papers website.

CFP: Precarious spaces: (dis-)locating gender

18th annual Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender and Womens Studies interdisciplinary graduate conference. University of Rochester, March 24-25, 2011.

"The nucleus of this year's conference is to query the ways in which gender/sexuality and space operate as intersecting domains of intelligibility and mutual projects of precariousness. By "precarious spaces" one might think of risky positions, contested territories, unstable conditions, or unsafe environments. Ideally encompassing a wide-swath of terrain—that would include theory and praxis—we would like to invite graduate students to present research that addresses questions such as: How might the sexualized body become a locus of mapping and/or zoning? What function might borderlands or simulated spaces have in the re-articulation of gendered/sexualized identities? Why do certain localities—from the exigencies of the immediate, to the "global"—get rendered in a singularly gendered rhetoric? Are notions of the private versus public divide still immersed in a negotiation of gender norms? Can heteronormative space be effectively "queered"? How do spatial-gendered determinations and liminalities manifest themselves in language, representation, law, and social policy? Please view these questions as mere loci of entry, and not determinative of successful submissions."
Submission deadline for abstracts: January 21, 2011.

More information: H-Net Announcements.

CFP: Gender and intersectionality: paradigms, practices, and problems

Women in German Conference. Augusta, MI, October 20-23, 2011.

"This panel focuses on the investigation of intersectionality, i.e. the co-articulation of gender identities inequalities, and structural forms of discrimination with those of race, ethnicity, sexuality, class, age, religion, ability (or others). We invite theoretical perspectives as well as individual case studies, including critical takes on intersectionality as such."
Submission deadline for abstracts: March 1, 2011.

More information: H-Net Announcements.

CFP: 2011 Berkshire conference on the history of women digital history laboratory

University of Massachusetts, Amherst, June 9-12, 2011.

"The Berkshire Conference of Women Historians seeks submissions for its first Digital History Laboratory. The Digital History Lab, co-sponsored by the UMass Public History Program and the UMass Digital Humanities Initiative, aims to showcase projects pertaining to women's history or feminist studies and the practice of digital humanities.
The Digital History Lab committee strongly encourages students, faculty and professionals of all levels to submit their digital work to be considered for inclusion in the showcase (projects should be able to be viewed without the presence of the project creators). Works in progress and all types of academic and public history projects will be welcomed. ... women's history website or web exhibit, online oral history initiative, podcast, blog, or other type of digital project ..."
Submission deadline: March 15, 2011.

More information: H-Net Announcements.

November 8, 2010

RADIO: "Weil sie die männliche Triebkraft fördern" – Sexuelle Gewalttaten und intime ...

Andruck, Deutschlandfunk, October 18, 2010. (06:09 min.)

Description: "Das Hamburger Institut für Sozialforschung legt eine Studie der Historikerin Regina Mühlhäuser vor, die sich mit sexuellen Gewalttaten deutscher Soldaten in Osteuropa auseinandersetzt. Das Militär hat sich darum vor allem aus einem Grund gekümmert: Die Zahl geschlechtskranker Soldaten war bedrohlich hoch."

Link: Deutschlandradio.

Sargent, Andrew. "Representing prison rape: race, masculinity, and incarceration in Donald Goines's White Man's Justice, Black Man's Grief."

In: MELUS: multi-ethnic literature of the U.S. 35(3) (Fall, 2010): 131-155.

Full Text: Project MUSE. [Restricted access.]

ART: Meger, Sara. "Rape of the Congo: understanding sexual violence in the conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo."

In: Journal of contemporary African studies 28(2) (April, 2010): 119-134.

Abstract: "Though the occurrence of rape in the conduct of war is by no means historically new, research into its causes and functions has only really begun in the past couple of decades. War rape is a difficult phenomenon about which to generalise, considering the variances in context and actors involved. This article, however, attempts to synthesise existing literature through the analysis of a case study that can enhance our understanding of rape as a weapon of war and the contextual conditions that facilitate its use. Applying this theoretical framework to the extreme war rape occurring in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), this article offers insight into understanding the function of sexual violence in the ongoing conflict in the DRC. In particular, this article argues that the use of rape as a weapon in the Congo's bloody war must be understood in relation to both social constructs of masculinity and the politics of exploitation that have shaped much of the country's history." [Source: Journal of contemporary African studies.]

Full Text: informaworld. [Restricted access.]

ART: Hall, Dianne, and Elizabeth Malcolm. "'The rebels Turkish tyranny': understanding sexual violence in Ireland during the 1640s."

In: Gender & history 22(1) (April, 2010): 55-74.

Abstract: "This article analyses gendered violence both in the testimonies of English Protestant settlers displaced during the 1641 Irish rebellion and in the pamphlets written shortly afterwards. It argues that, given the settlers’ anxiety to highlight their vulnerability and innocence in the face of perceived native Irish barbarism, sexual violence with its suggestions of possible female acquiescence or complicity had an insecure place in their testimonies. Yet contemporary pamphlet writers described the rape of Protestant women as widespread and indiscriminate, using such narratives to question the masculinity of Catholic Irish men. By investigating personal testimonies of the sexual violence suffered by women, as well as the subsequent use of such information in narratives sensationalising the ordeal of Protestants in Ireland in 1641, the complex meanings attached to sexual violence during the mid-seventeenth century can be better appreciated." [Source: Gender & history.]

Full Text: Wiley Online Library. [Restricted access.]

ART: Dickie, Simon. "Fielding's rape jokes."

In: The review of English studies 61(251) (September, 2010): 572-590.

Abstract: "Rape jokes, trials for rape and comic attempted rapes recur in large numbers throughout Fielding's career—from his earliest Haymarket comedies to his final months as a Middlesex justice. With just one exception, modern critics have been silent on the issue; even the most extended studies of Fielding and gender have little to say. This article pays close attention to the repeated rape attempts in Fielding's fiction (Joseph Andrews, Tom Jones, Jonathan Wild), and explores two texts that Fielding scholars have consistently preferred to ignore: the farce Rape upon Rape (1730) and his boorish translation of Ovid's Ars Amatoria (1747). Three major themes emerge. First, Fielding’s ongoing dialogue with Richardson and sentimental representations of rape. Second, Fielding's career-long engagement with his culture's inherited misogyny-the 'woman question', as it is sometimes called. Third, Fielding's repeated scenes of sexual violence compel us to re-evaluate critical commonplaces about the legal metaphors and forensic reasoning of Fielding's later work. Sexual violence emerges as one of a handful of endlessly problematic issues for Fielding." [Source: The review of English studies.]

Full Text: Oxford University Press. [Restricted access.]

ART: Berger, Olivier. "Les viols en temps de guerre."

[= Rape in the time of war] In: Vingtième siècle: revue d'histoire No. 106 (April-June, 2010): 246-248.

Abstract: "Information is presented about several topics discussed at the colloquy "Les viols en temps de guerre, une histoire à écrire," sponsored by historians Raphaëlle Branche and Fabrice Virgili and held at the Institut Historique Allemand in Paris, France. Subjects under discussion include the social history of rape during the time of war, the sexual behaviors of soldiers, and the personal narratives and journals of officers in World War I." [Source: Historical abstracts.]

ART: Akiyama, Yoko. "Aru hi, Nihon ga yatte kita: chugoku, senjo de no kyoryoku kanto iansho."

[= One day, Japanese troops came and...: wartime rape and "comfort stations" in China] In: Rekishigaku kenkyu No. 863 (February, 2010): 56-59.

Abstract: "This article reviews an exhibition presented by the Akutibu Mujiamu Onnatachi no Senso to Heiwa Shiryokan, better known by its English translation, the Women’s Active Museum on War and Peace (WAM), located in Tokyo, Japan. The exhibition, "One Day, Japanese Troops Came and...: Wartime Rape and 'Comfort Stations' in China," open from June 7, 2008, to June 21, 2009, featured two panel presentations, one on the so-called comfort stations throughout China and one on the brutal conditions in one area of Shanxi Province, China, in which Japanese troops carried out "total war" tactics; and two rooms in which the stories of victims were told and the organization of the stations was explained." [Source: Historical abstracts.]

EDIT: Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies

Journal: Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies
Description: »We are currently looking for guest editors for the summer 2011 issue of Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies ( This past summer Susan Hamilton and Janice Schroeder put together an issue on "Nineteenth-Century Feminisms: Press & Platform" and the previous summer's issue, edited by Andrew King and Marysa Demoor, focused on "Gender, the Professions, and the Press.«
Submission deadline: November 15, 2010
More information: CFP website

(Update: July 27, 2014)

CFP: Feminist porn studies: writing by academics and sex industry workers

"We seek essays by academics from different disciplines (including feminist studies, gender and sexuality studies, ethnic studies, film and media studies, sociology, history), cultural critics, activists, as well as people who work/ed in the adult entertainment industry (performers, producers, directors, company owners), especially those who identify as feminists. Here are some of the themes we hope submissions will address:
• feminist and post feminist approaches to porn
• representations of female pleasure and desire
• gender, race, class, culture, and ability differences
• feminist porn as political, free speech, or sexual dissent
• readings of women/gender in historical porn film/media
• feminist consumption/spectatorship of porn
• sexual authenticity vs. fantasy
• LGBT/queer/genderqueer/transgender porn
• men in feminist porn
• technology and feminist porn practices
• BDSM, fetish, and rough sex vs. romance, plot-driven porn
• analysis of hardcore or softcore feminist porn
• debates about snuff, gang bangs, and violence against women in porn
• notions of beauty, ability, body size, or age
• HIV/AIDS, STIs, and safer sex
• sex education in porn
• the "pornification" of U.S. popular culture and everyday life
• porn addiction or porn and "family values"
• teaching pornography in feminist classrooms
• porn workers and feminist politics
• working in feminist vs. non-feminist pornography sets/environments
• sex work, labor rights, and equality in the porn industry".
Submission deadline: April 1, 2011.

More information: H-Net Announcements.

CFP: An encyclopedia of American women at war: from the home front to the battlefields

"This two-volume encyclopedia will include entries on all aspects of women's roles in the American military. It will include entries on individuals, groups, events, institutions, and legal rulings as well as longer essays on historic conflicts and wars. Entries will vary in length from 500-4,000 words depending on the significance of the topic. The encyclopedia will be published by ABC-CLIO."

More information: H-Net Announcements.

CFP: Psychology of sexualities review

"The Psychology of Sexualities Review encourages the submission of manuscripts, for peer-review and publication, that cover a wide range of perspectives on the psychology of sexualities. The following types of submissions are encouraged:
• Empirical, theoretical and review articles on any aspect of the psychology of sexualities
• Book reviews
• Bibliographic articles
• Short articles on relevant research papers, conference reports
• Notices of events and activities of likely interest to members of the BPS Psychology of Sexualities Section".

More information: H-Net Announcements.

CFP: Sex and the New Southern Studies

ACLA conference. Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, March 31 - April 3, 2011.

"From Freud's description of Uncle Tom's Cabin as a source of sadomasochistic "phantasy" to the depictions of polymorphous perversity in the work of Kara Walker, literary and artistic representations of the South have been bound up in representations of sexuality and violence. This seminar will ask how the New Southern Studies both reforms itself and becomes deformed by its recent collision with sexuality studies and queer studies. What kinds of sex are strangely unspeakable, or differently silent, in the South and how does their gravitational pull transform such sexual organizations as lynching, Jim Crow, same-sex plantation life, miscegenation, incest, and others? How might a sexualized South function in a national or transnational imaginary? What role does sexual violence play in maintaining the racial order of chattel slavery? How do anxieties about interracial sex and admixture inform both the legal strictures of Jim Crow and the narrative logics of lynching and literatures of the global South? What peculiar sexual formations accrue around the "peculiar institution" of slavery? What sexual possibilities and threats emerge with Reconstruction? We will consider these questions and many others as we attempt to take stock of this emerging field."
Submission deadline for proposals: November 12, 2010.

More information: Call for Papers website.

CFP: 1st global conference femininity and masculinity

Warsaw, Poland, May 16-18, 2011.

"Gender studies is an interdisciplinary field of academic study on the issues of gender in its social and cultural contexts. Since its emergence from feminism, gender studies have become one of the most deliberated disciplines. The following project aims at an interdisciplinary exchange of ideas and perspectives on the issues of femininity and masculinity in the 21st century. It invites ground-breaking research on a plethora of topics connected with gender, to propose an interdisciplinary view of the frontiers and to stake out new territories in the study of femininity and masculinity."
Submission deadline for abstracts: November 26, 2010.

More information: H-Net Announcements.

CFP: Re-thinking the monstrous: violence and criminality in society

Munich, July 1-3, 2011.

"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.
Possible topics include:
The monstrous/monsters in fiction and film
Neuroscience and criminal biology
Body-modification, mutilation, dismemberment and criminality
Cyborgs, androids, technophobia, and monstrous technologies
Gothic and the monstrous
Monstrosity and exclusion – crime as stigma
Terror, trauma, anxiety, and (social) paranoia
Containment, repression and criminal intent
The (anti-)aesthetics of monstrosity
Monstrosity and gendered crime
(Forensic) pathologies of the monstrous".
Extended submission deadline for abstracts: November 30, 2010.

More information: Call for Papers website.

CFP: Gender, sexuality, and urban spaces

A graduate student conference. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, March 11-12, 2011.

"Urban spaces both produce and are produced by gender. The Graduate Consortium in Women's Studies conference, Gender, Sexuality and Urban Spaces, seeks to explore the reciprocity of these complex relationships. We are interested in how life (or living) in urban spaces mark as well as produce gendered and sexed bodies and how gender, class and race relations, performances and sexualities, in turn, make their marks on the urban spaces. By urban spaces, we mean the lived practices and representations through which a variety of spaces are constituted within and beyond the scope of the city. We invite submissions that examine the construction of gender and sexuality (in conjunction with race, class, & mobility) and urban spaces across a range of historical, cultural, national, fictional, and conceptual contexts."
Submission deadline for proposals: December 2, 2010.

More information: H-Net Announcements.

CFP: Echoes of trauma: exploring the intersections of trauma & culture

21st Annual Mardi Gras Conference. Louisiana State University, March 3-4, 2011.

"Remembering, rethinking, reworking, and reimagining are just a few of the ways in which authors and artists, historians and critics, audiences and citizens have explored their own traumatic experiences, as well as the traumatic events that continue to impact larger communities. Stemming from its basis in psychoanalysis, trauma studies and trauma theory have opened up unique pathways in literature, as well as other media, by exploring the stress and shock associated with wounds, be they physical, psychological, emotional, or cultural."
Submission deadline for proposals: December 5, 2010.

More information: Call for Papers website.

CFP: War in a gender context: topics and perspectives within women's and gender history of the First World War

Vienna, Austria, September 29 - October 1, 2011.

"Historians conducting relevant research are invited to submit their suggestion for a contribution to this conference in the form of an abstract on one of the four following closely connected topic areas ...: ... - Violence: Military and civilian societies experienced the presence of violence in war (such as the experience of imprisonment, sexual violence or other forms of belligerent violence right up to active killing) to some extent very differently, but also in similar ways. Which part did personal suffering or the participation in physical or psychological violence play within wartime experiences of men and of women? How was violence interpreted in relation to specific circumstances, and which gender-specific differences or similarities can be identified in this respect? How did war societies deal with active mass killing and which specific patterns of memory did perpetrators and victims form during the course of the war and the post-war period? To what extent can we pinpoint specific national and regional distinctive features and differences? Perceptions, experiences and (sometimes excessive) belligerent violence also influenced predominant conceptions of masculinity and femininity. To what extent did the everyday nature of violence change, disassemble, redefine or radicalise gender constructions?"
Submission deadline for proposals: December 31, 2010.

More information: H-Net Announcements.

CFP: 2012 OAH panel on gender and crime

"I am looking to assemble a panel that explores the gender dynamics of high profile crime cases. My own research pertains to the press coverage of the Lindbergh kidnapping. There are any number of forms the panel could take, whether looking at kidnappings exclusively, a transnational comparison of famous crimes, examining crimes from the same era or different eras, etc."
Submission deadline for proposals: February 1, 2011.

More information: H-Net Announcements.

CFP: Crime & Justice Summer Research Institute

"Organized by Lauren Krivo and Ruth Peterson and funded by the National Science Foundation and OSU, the institute is designed to promote successful tenure/careers among faculty from underrepresented groups working in areas of crime and criminal justice. Each participant will complete an ongoing project in preparation for journal submission or agency funding review. The Summer Research Institute will provide living and travel expenses for the duration of the workshop, and will culminate in a research symposium where participants present their completed research before a scholarly audience."
Submission deadline for completed applications: February 11, 2011.

More information: H-Net Announcements.

CFP: 2012 AHA panel on gendered imagery and language in war coverage or propaganda

"I am looking to assemble a panel that explores gendered imagery and language in media coverage of wars and/or war propaganda. My own research compares the ways in which the U.S. press used images of atrocities committed against women and children by the enemies the United States fought in the Spanish-American War, World War I, and the current war in Afghanistan as a means to vilify those enemies and offer justification for U.S. military intervention. I would like to focus on wars that the United States has fought since 1898, but I am open to shaping this panel in other ways based on responses."
Submission deadline for proposals: February 15, 2011.

More information: H-Net Announcements.

CFP: Beyond camps and forced labour: current international research on survivors of Nazi persecution

Fourth international multidisciplinary conference. Imperial War Museum, London, January 4-6, 2012.

"The aim is to bring together scholars from a variety of disciplines who are engaged in research on all groups of survivors of Nazi persecution. These will include - but are not limited to - Jews, Gypsies and Slavonic people, Jehovah's Witnesses, homosexuals, Soviet prisoners of war, political dissidents, members of underground movements, the disabled, the so-called 'racially impure', and forced labourers. For the purpose of the conference, a 'survivor' is defined as anyone who suffered any form of persecution by the Nazis or their allies as a result of the Nazis’ racial, political, ideological or ethnic policies from 1933 to 1945, and who survived the Second World War.
As previously, we welcome new research in the following areas:
• DPs in post-war Europe
• Reception and resettlement
• Survivors in central, east and southeast Europe
• Exiles, émigrés and refugees in the reconstruction process
• Legacy and impact
• Rescuers and liberators
• Child survivors
• Women survivors and gender issues
• Trials and justice
• Reparation and restitution
• Testimonies and record building
• Film and photography
• Memory and amnesia
• Trauma and intergenerational transmission
• Remembrance and memorials
• Museums and archives".
Submission deadline for proposals: February 28, 2011.

More information: H-Net Announcements.

October 7, 2010

BOOK: War and Rape: Law, memory and justice

Author: Nicola Henry
Title: War and Rape
Subtitle: Law, memory and justice
Place: New York, NY
Publisher: Routledge
Year: 2011
Pages: 169pp.
Language: English
More information: History of Rape: A Bibliography

(Update: October 18, 2014)

BOOK: Dominique Russell, ed. Rape in Art Cinema.

New York: Continuum, 2010. 256pp.

BOOK: Susanne Scholz. Sacred Witness: Rape in the Hebrew Bible.

Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2010. 288pp.

WEBSITE: Die Dritte Welt im Zweiten Weltkrieg (The Third World in World War II)

Description: "Millionen Soldaten aus Afrika, Asien und Ozeanien haben im Zweiten Weltkrieg gekämpft, um die Welt vom deutschen und italienischen Faschismus sowie vom japanischen Großmachtwahn zu befreien. Sowohl die faschistischen Achsenmächte als auch die Alliierten rekrutierten in ihren Kolonien Hilfstruppen und Hilfsarbeiter oftmals mit Gewalt. Hunderttausende Frauen waren Opfer sexueller Gewalt. Rekruten aus den Kolonien mussten sich mit weniger Sold, schlechteren Unterkünften und geringeren Kriegsrenten als ihre «weißen Kameraden» zufrieden geben. Weite Teile der Dritten Welt dienten auch als Schlachtfelder und blieben nach Kriegsende verwüstet und vermint zurück."

Link: Die Dritte Welt im Zweiten Weltkrieg.

CFP: Aphra Behn Online: Interactive Journal for Women in the Arts 1640-1830

"The Aphra Behn Online: Interactive Journal for Women in the Arts 1640-1830 is an online, annual publication which serves as a forum for interactive scholarly discussion on all aspects of women in the arts between 1660-1830, including literature, visual arts, music, performance art, film criticism, and production arts. ... The editors invite submissions for the inaugural edition of this online annual to go live in January 2011."
Submission deadline: October 30, 2010.

More information: Call for Papers website.

CFP: Gender and Sexuality: American texts, contexts, controversies

"The Americanist, a peer reviewed journal published by the American Studies Center of the University of Warsaw, invites submissions for volume 26 to be published in 2011 for an issue exploring gender and sexuality.
The study of gender and sexuality . evolving models of individual and group identity, clashes of values, changing cultural canons, histories of struggle and struggles over history . have for several decades now been integral to the field of American Studies. Is there something specifically American about the way these issues are handled in the U.S.? How has national identity . its affirmation, critique or rejection . interacted with discourses on gender and sexuality? For its gender and sexuality issue The Americanist seeks contributions that concern both individual case studies (analyses of events, debates, texts, films, etc.) and broader theoretical considerations (for example: dealing with the history of feminism and queer studies as fields). As always, submissions from a variety of disciplines are welcome: history, sociology, literature, film studies, media studies, etc. We especially welcome work that is either comparativist (i.e. sets an American phenomenon against its equivalent in another location) or intersectionalist (i.e. examines gender/sexuality in dynamic conjunction with other axes of identity i.e. class, race, ethnicity)."
Submission deadline: November 15, 2010.

More information: H-Net Announcements.

CFP: Roth and Women - Special Issue of Philip Roth Studies

"In Philip Roth’s 1990 novel Deception, the author (or someone like him) is hauled into the dock, put on trial for "sexism, misogyny, woman abuse, slander of women, denigration of women, defamation of women, and ruthless seduction, crimes all carrying the most severe penalties."

Possible areas for investigation could include, but are not limited to:
• Roth's representation of female fictional characters;
• feminist criticism of Roth's fiction;
• female 'types' in Roth’s oeuvre;
• sexual politics in Roth's fiction;
• gender theory in relation to Roth's fiction;
• Roth's alleged misogyny;
• the representation of actual women in Roth's life (e.g. Bess Roth, Margaret Martinson, Janet Hobhouse, Claire Bloom) in his writing".
Submission deadline: January 31, 2011.

More information: Call for Papers website.

CFP: Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies Journal

"Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies is a peer-reviewed, online journal committed to publishing insightful and innovative scholarship on gender studies and nineteenth-century British literature, art and culture. We endorse a broad definition of gender studies and welcome submissions that consider gender and sexuality in conjunction with race, class, place and nationality."

More information: Call for Papers website.

CFP: Juvenile Delinquency in the 19th and 20th Centuries: East-West Comparisons

Centre for British Studies, Humboldt University, Berlin, March 12-13, 2011.

"The conference organisers are Heather Ellis and Lily Chang. We hope to bring together scholars working in a variety of fields, including history, sociology and literary studies to explore the ways in which concepts of childhood, youth and delinquency have been shaped by particular cultural contexts. How have attempts to define and problematize child and youth behaviours differed between Eastern and Western cultures? Have children and childhood been imagined differently in East and West?
Paper topics include:
* Definitions of juvenile delinquency
* Cross-cultural constructions of children, childhood and youth
* Delinquency as a Western/Eastern construct
* Generational relations
* Educational systems
* Governmental and legal responses
* Young people and revolution
* Young people and war
* Gender and delinquency
* Class and delinquency
* Race and delinquency
* Sexuality and delinquency
* Portrayals of delinquency in art or in the media".
Submission deadline for abstracts: October 15, 2010.

More information: H-Net Announcements.

CFP: Lynching, Animality, and Animals

ASLE Conference, Bloomington, IN, June 21-26, 2011.

"Seeking abstracts for a panel at ASLE that take a challenging and innovative approach to the impact of nonhuman animals, both material and rhetorical, on Southern lynchings:
Over the last two decades lynching studies has become firmly established in the academy. As critical animal studies now makes its way into African American studies how could and should it change the way we approach lynching?
Questions to consider might include:
*What roles do both wild and domesticated animals play in the construction of the "black beast" and white masculinity?
*What are the connections between the anti-lynching and animal welfare movements in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries?
*If lynchings are often constructed as "hunts," what might be the links between the decrease in "trophy" animal populations and the increase in spectacle lynchings at the end of the nineteenth century?
*Can an approach to lynching via animal studies shed new light on how lynching’s violence came to be seen not only as acceptable but as a form of entertainment? Can it offer a new way to critique racist violence?
*How is an uncritical rhetoric of animality—and speciesism itself--in play in current scholarly work/exhibits (such as Without Sanctuary) on lynching? And why?"
Submission deadline for abstracts: October 30, 2010.

More information: Call for Papers website.

CFP: 2nd Global Virtual Conference on War

"Since the dawn of man, conflicts have arisen that have sparked civil unrest, fighting and killing. Wars have been started over religious conflicts, fuel, and even sporting events. It is the aim of this topic and conference to research and discuss the many aspects of war and peace. Some of the areas that we will be looking at are:
* causes of war
* types of warfare
*war crimes
*media's input and output – effects of and on journalism
*musical, theatrical, and artistic influences of war
*virtual war
*resolving conflicts
*war machines
*the business of war".
Submission deadline for abstracts: November 15, 2010, for papers: January 31, 2011.

More information: Call for Papers website.

CFP: Bodies, Pleasures, Spaces

2nd Annual Mid-America Humanities Conference, March 11-12, 2011.

"For the second annual Mid-America Humanities Conference we invite proposals from undergraduate and graduate students engaged in the humanities, social science, and arts disciplines for papers addressing issues relating to the body and the senses in a range of historical and contemporary contexts as well as in literature and theory. Relevant topics for consideration include, but are not limited to:
• The senses in culture, theory, and society
• Body image, self-identity, and the life course
• Bodies in natural or built environments
• Bodies and difference (race, gender, class, age)
• Fat, diet, and self-fashioning
• Intercorporeality and social spaces
• Pain, torture, and trauma
• Exercise, athletics, and bodily performance
• Technology, surgery, and human-machine interfaces".
Submission deadline for proposals: November 15, 2010.

More information: H-Net Announcements.

CFP: Compromising Positions: Race, Gender, and Sexuality in the State of Missouri

A conference sponsored by the Gender Studies Program at The University of Missouri--St. Louis, April 7-8, 2011.

"We invite papers, presentations, and panels that confront and interrogate the gendered, raced, and/or sexualized positions of individuals and groups in political, legal, historical, social, educational, and creative arenas in the state of Missouri from the pre-colonial period through the 1820 Missouri Compromise to the present day."
Submission deadline for proposals: December 6, 2010.

More information: Call for Papers website.

CFP: Sexualities and Science in Eastern Europe

Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand, March 26-27, 2011.

"This conference examines the development of sexology and sexual psychology from the nineteenth century to the present. How did authors use (psuedo-) scientific ideas to understand human sexuality, or the role of sexuality in society? How did (psuedo-) scientific ideas in turn affect sexual behavior and experiences? This conference poses these questions with a special emphasis on Eastern Europe (including Russia), the region which produced such "seminal" figures as Sigmund Freud, Károly Mária Kertbeny, Aleksandra Kollontai, Richard von Krafft-Ebing, and Leopold Sacher-Masoch.
Topics of possible interest include, but are not limited to, sexologists, sex advice manuals, sexual psychology, sexual violence experts, eugenics and racial purity, the social science of prostitution, and experts in trafficking and sex work. We are open to scholars working in literature, sociology, history, anthropology, psychology, and cultural studies."
Submission deadline for proposals: February 2, 2011.

More information: H-Net Announcements.

CFP: Making it happen: police and community

Seventh Australasian Women and Policing Conference, Hobart, August, 21‐24 2011.

"The streams for the 2011 conference are:
- connecting the community – the policing perspective on women and community engagement
- policing and young women
- community leadership: women driving change
- women and the cyber community
- pacific communities ‐ women and policing in the pacific
- policing gender based violence and hate crimes
Submissions are welcome for concurrent sessions (20‐25 minutes), panels (90 minutes), and poster papers."
Submission deadline for proposals: February 28, 2011.

More information: H-Net Announcements.

September 12, 2010

RADIO: Portugal - Prozess ohne Ende

Globus, DRadio Wissen, September 8, 2010. (05:39 min.)

Description: "Der Prozess um Missbrauch in einem Kinderheim legt eklatante Mängel im Justizsystem offen."

Link: Deutschlandradio.

RADIO: Der Initiator - Pater Klaus Mertes und die Missbrauchsfälle in der katholischen Kirche

Die Reportage, Deutschlandradio Kultur, September 5, 2010. (27:05 min.)

Description: "Diese Woche legte die Bischofskonferenz neue Leitlinien zum Umgang mit sexuellem Missbrauch in der katholischen Kirche vor. Ein einziger Mann hatte die heftige Debatte um dieses Thema ausgelöst: Klaus Mertes, Rektor des Canisius-Kollegs in Berlin."

Link: Deutschlandradio.

RADIO: 100 Jahre nach der Annexion – Japan entschuldigt sich bei Korea für 35 Jahre Kolonialherrschaft

Eine Welt, Deutschlandfunk, August 28, 2010. (04:31 min.)

Description: "Durch die Entschuldigung von Japans Ministerpräsident Naoto Kan haben sich die Beziehungen mit Südkorea weiter verbessert. Bei einem Großteil der südkoreanischen Bevölkerung herrscht dennoch Misstrauen gegenüber dem einstigen Kolonialherrn."

Link: Deutschlandradio.

CFP: Sexing Science Fiction

"A scholarly treatment of the issue of Sex in Science Fiction is currently under consideration for publication by McFarland Publishers as part of its Critical Explorations in Science Fiction and Fantasy series (series editors Donald E. Palumbo and C. W. Sullivan III). This book, tentatively entitled Sexing Science Fiction, will be a collection of articles, with the general objective of filling the gap in the literature about this topic. ..., and this book aims to explore the myriad ways in which authors writing in the genre, regardless of format (e.g., print, film, television, etc.), envision the ways in which different beings express this most fundamental of behaviors.
The following is a suggested grouping of topics, but it is by no means exhaustive. This list is meant merely as a preliminary guideline. All relevant topics related to Sex in Science Fiction will be considered.
• Manifestations of female or male sexuality as differentiated or highlighted by the genre of science fiction
• Sexuality in general as it relates to the genre as a whole
• Un- or non-gendered sexuality found in science fiction
• Sexual identity
• Sexuality and reproduction (both inter- and intra-species)
• Sexuality and technology"
Submission deadline for proposals: December 1, 2010.

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

CFP: Race, Sexuality, & Television

"This issue of Spectator seeks papers that engage in current debates about race, sexuality, and television. This issue will examine the complex relationships between race and sexuality in a global, multi-channel, conglomerate TV environment. The issue seeks to incorporate papers that address industrial analysis, textual analysis, and cultural studies, including theoretical investigations of racialization, sexuality, and television. Submissions should interrogate how images of or issues concerning race, sexuality, and television are constructed, represented, and received in various contexts of contemporary culture, with particular attention to the ways in which race and sexuality are co-constituted. Academic essays, interviews, and book reviews that explore how television programming, production, audiences, and discourse shape, constrain, and open up these identity formations are all welcome."
Submission deadline: November 22, 2010.

More information: Call for Papers website.

CFP: The Use, Misuse, and Abuse of Bodies in Icelandic Literature

New England Saga Society.

"NESS invites papers addressing any aspect of the question of bodies in the literature of medieval Iceland and Scandinavia. The panel will address the conception of the body--the living body or the dead, whole or disfigured, young or old, male or female--as a narrative construction. How was the body constructed narratively, and how did interpretations of bodies change from one period or text to another? As this question necessarily addresses intersections of religion, gender, disability studies, and other critical models, a wide range of papers is hoped for."
Submission deadline: unknown.

More information: Call for Papers website.

CFP: Renaissance Trauma

NeMLA Convention, New Brunswick, NJ, April 7-10, 2011.

"This panel seeks papers that explore the experience and/or representation of trauma in Early-Modern texts. Examinations of how Early-Modern cultural, religious, and political institutions dealt with trauma and papers that look at trauma theory and its use in Early-Modern studies are also invited."
Submission deadline for abstracts: September 30, 2010.

More information: Call for Papers website.

CFP: The Medicalization of Sex

Department of Gender, Sexuality, & Women's Studies at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, BC, April 29-30, 2011.

"We seek international, interdisciplinary contributions from a diversity of junior and senior scholars in the humanities, sciences, social sciences, health professions, as well feminist health activists and artists working in this area. Possible topics are the medicalization of sex as it relates to:
- Sexual 'normalcy' & deviancy
- Sexual 'function' & dysfunction
- Sexual 'hygiene' & pollution
- The Sexuopharmaceutical Industry
- Cosmetogynecology
- Sexology & Sexual Medicine
- Queer Sexualities
- Intersexualities
- Heterosexualities
- Asexualities
- Strategies for education, resistance, and activism related to age, ethnocultural and cultural, bodily, and sexual diversity".
Submission deadline for proposals: October 1, 2010.

More information: Call for Papers website.

CFP: Global Conference on Sex and Sexuality

ABWFA Interdisciplinary Global Conference.

"There are many aspects to the subjects of sex and sexuality. From procreation to sexual addiction, the vast array of discussions are opened here. There is no subject matter that is too risque or taboo. The purpose of this area of discussion is to open the dialogue, research and discovery, and presentation of facts and opinions of sex, sexuality, and the areas of concern listed below. Please feel free to choose one or more of these areas of interest or present your materials on anything related to sex and sexuality."
Submission deadline for abstracts: October 31, 2010, for papers: December 31, 2010.

More information: Call for Papers website.

August 10, 2010

ART: Karmen Erjavec and Zala Volčič. "Living With the sins of their fathers."

Subtitle: "An analysis of self-representation of adolescents born of war rape."
In: Journal of adolescent research 25 (3) (May, 2010): 359-386.

Abstract: "Children born of war rape continue to be a taboo theme in many post-war societies, also in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BH). This study is based on in-depth interviews with eleven adolescents born of war rape in BH. The main goal is to present how these adolescents represent themselves and their life-situations. On the basis of the research we identify four key themes: 1) their continued sense of hostility even after the end of the war; 2) the internalized guilt; 3) the role reversal; and 4) the role of reconciling the war enemies. The analysis of life-stories shows new identifications of traumatic events and trauma. More than half of the interviewed girls suffer severe psychological and physical abuses. The research argues that there are three crucial factors influencing girls' self-perception: the role of the mothers, mothers' economic situation and general social exclusion." [Source: Journal of adolescent research.]

Full Text: SAGE Journals Online. [Restricted access.]

ART: Wookyung Im. "Yoko's Story and the battle of memory: fragmentation and suture of national memory and gender in the age of globalization."

In: Inter-Asia cultural studies 11(1) (2010): 73-88.

Abstract: "Since its publication in 1986, Yoko Watkins' So Far from the Bamboo Grove has been used as a textbook by some primary and middle schools in the US. The book is an autobiographical novel about the experiences of a Japanese girl named Yoko who returns to her home country with her mother and sister with an anti-war and peace message. However, it became the center of attention and was referred to as the Yoko incident when, in January 2007, it became known to the Koreans that the book was being used as a textbook by American students and contained a story about Japanese women raped by Korean men at the end of Japanese colonial rule. It immediately incited outcries from the Korean media and online communities, complaining that any suggestion of the rape of Japanese women by Korean men at the end of Japanese colonial rule is a grave distortion of history and a reversal of the perpetrator and the victim. This paper analyzes how the memory structure of the Koreans regarding colonialism is based on a victim nationalism and how Korean feminism has intervened in the fragmentation and suture of national memory since the 1990s. Furthermore, the paper reveals how American multiculturalism turns a blind eye to, or even promotes, the clashing of collective identities in the age of globalization. The so called Yoko incident illustrates how the competition of East Asian countries for a historical position of 'victim' in a battle of memory in the US not only strengthens exclusive nationalism in the area but also connives in 'Americanization of world justice'." [Source: Inter-Asia cultural studies.]

Full Text: informaworld. [Restricted access.]

ART: Mladen Loncar et al. "Mental health consequences in men exposed to sexual abuse during the war in Croatia and Bosnia."

In: Journal of interpersonal violence 25(2) (February, 2010): 191-203.

Abstract: "In the research project on sexual abuse of men during the war in Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, detailed information from 60 victims of such crimes was gathered. The aim of the research was to define key attributes of sexual abuse of men in war as well as consequences it had on the victims. A method of structured interview was used. Also, the statement of each victim was recorded. Victims were exposed to physical torture of their genitals, psycho-sexual torture and physical abuse. The most common symptoms of traumatic reactions were sleep disturbances, concentration difficulties, nightmares and flashbacks, feelings of hopelessness, and different physical stress symptoms such as constant headaches, profuse sweating, and tachycardia. In addition to rape and different methods of sexual abuse, most of the victims were heavily beaten. The conclusion is made that the number of sexually abused men during the war must have been much higher than reported." [Source: Journal of interpersonal violence.]

Full Text: SAGE Journals Online. [Restricted access.]

ART: Coleen Kivlahan and Nate Ewigman. "Rape as a weapon of war in modern conflicts."

In: British medical journal 340 (June 24, 2010): c3270

Full Text: British Medical Journal.[Free access.]

ART: Philip Kuwert et al. "Trauma and current posttraumatic stress symptoms in elderly German women who experienced wartime rapes in 1945."

In: Journal of nervous and mental disease 198(6) (June, 2010): 450-451.

Abstract: "The aim of this study was to determine the persistent trauma impact and significant posttraumatic stress symptoms in a sample of very elderly German women who survived the mass rapes committed by soldiers at the end of World War II. A total of 27 women were recruited, interviewed, and then administered a modified Posttraumatic Diagnostic Scale. They all reported a very severe degree of trauma exposure in 1945; 19% reported significant current posttraumatic stress symptoms indicating a possible posttraumatic stress disorder at the time of the study, and 30% fulfilled the criteria of a current partial posttraumatic stress disorder. The results highlight the necessity for prevention and treatment programs for women exposed to wartime rapes in current conflict settings worldwide, and the need to identify and treat posttraumatic conditions in the elderly generation of all countries exposed to World War II trauma." [Source: Journal of nervous and mental disease.]

Full Text: LWW Journals.[Restricted access.]

ART: Teemu Ruskola. "Raping like a state."

In: UCLA law review 57(5) (June, 2010): 1477-1536.

Abstract: "It is a remarkable fact that rhetorically the state is gendered male, while state-on-state violence is continually represented as sexual violence. This Article applies the insights of queer theory to examine this rhetoric of sexual violation. More specifically, it analyzes the injury of colonialism as a kind of homoerotic violation of non-Western states’ (would-be) sovereignty. It does so by taking seriously the legal fiction of the state as an “international legal person.” Historically, colonial violence is routinely described as rape. What does it mean to liken a state to a person, and its conduct to rape? How does a state rape? Whom does it rape, and under what conditions?" [Source: UCLA law review.]

Full Text: UCLA Review. [Free access.]

LECT: Zoe Brigley and Sorcha Gunne. "Breaking the onds of domination."

Subtitle: "Subverting the Rape Script in Short Stories by Isabel Allende and Rosario Castellanos."

Violence and Reconciliation: Second Annual Critical Theory Conference, University of Exeter, September 24, 2010.

More information: H-Net Announcements.

RADIO: Die Mär vom ehrenhaften deutschen Soldaten

Kritik, Deutschlandradio Kultur, August 5, 2010. (05:34 min)

Description: "Geht es um Vergewaltigungen im Zweiten Weltkrieg, ist meist die Rede von der Roten Armee. Bei Wehrmacht und SS hielt sich dagegen lange der Mythos vom ehrenhaften Soldaten. Regina Mühlhäuser räumt damit auf."

Link: Deutschlandradio.

RADIO: Am Tisch mit Monika Hauser, "Nobel-Alternative"

Doppel-Kopf, hr2, July 19, 2010. (44:11 min)

Description: "Die Kölner Gynäkologin hilft mit der von ihr gegründeten Menschenrechtsorganisation "medica mondiale" den von Vergewaltigung betroffenen Frauen in Kriegen und Krisenzeiten, sie kämpft auch politisch für die Ächtung von Vergewaltigungen, für die Achtung von Opfern und für die Bestrafung der Täter. Für ihr Engagement wurde sie 2008 mit dem Alternativen Nobelpreis ausgezeichnet. Gastgeber: Rosemarie Tuchelt."

Link: Hessischer Runkfunk.

RADIO: Eine Geschichte, die erzählt werden muss – Mutmaßliches Missbrauchsopfer sucht Gehör

DLF-Magazin, Deutschlandfunk, July 8, 2010. (06:02 min)

Link: Deutschlandradio.

RADIO: Das Tabu

Zeit für Bayern, Bayern 2, May 9, 2010. (53:20 min)

Description: "Nicht nur in der sowjetischen Besatzungszone, auch im amerikanisch besetzten Bayern war (sexuelle) Gewalt unmittelbar nach dem Einmarsch an der Tagesordnung. Bis heute ein großes Tabu ..."

Link: Bayerischer Runkfunk.

RADIO: Ex-Odenwaldschüler Gerhard Roese

Im Gespräch, hr-iNFO, March 13, 2010. (23:46 min)

Description: "Ich musste meinen Lehrer befriedigen." Mit diesem erschütternden Satz ist Gerhard Roese Anfang der Woche an die Öffentlichkeit gegangen. Er ist Ex-Schüler der Odenwaldschule. Und er sagt: "Ich wurde sexuell missbraucht."

Link: Hessischer Runkfunk.

RADIO: Das gebrochene Tabu – der Weg von Männern, die sexuell mißbraucht worden sind

Notizbuch - Freitagsforum, Bayern 2, March 5, 2010. (29:21 min)

Description: "Welchen Weg gehen Männern, die in ihrer Kindheit und Jugend sexuell missbraucht worden sind? Welche Spuren hinterlässt diese Tat in ihrem Leben? Im Notizbuch-Freitagsforum erzählt ein Mann über seine Erfahrungen und warum er sich für eine Verlängerung der Verjährungsfrist einsetzt."

Link: Bayerischer Rundfunk.

CFP: The child and crime in British fiction

"Essay proposals are invited for a proposed volume of critical essays on the child and crime in British fiction. Essays should focus centrally on the child, children, or childhood in relation to crime and might consider the child as perpetrator, object, victim, witness, or solver of crime or as inspiration or instigator of crime. The collection aims to assess the role of preadolescent child characters (i.e. not teenagers) in relation to crime in British fiction from its origins to the present. Proposals are welcomed on single authors or on topics which range across writers, subgenres or periods of British fiction.
We envisage that completed essays will be 6,000-words long and due in January 2011."
Submission deadline for abstracts: September 15, 2010.

More information: Call for Papers website.

CFP: Gender in fact and fiction

"Dr Claire Nally and Dr Angela Smith have been asked by the publisher I.B.Tauris to edit a proposed series of high quality monographs (each about 70,000 words in length) under the general title of 'Gender in Fact and Fiction'. We would welcome abstracts from any interested academics under the following headings:
Single women
Neo-Victorian literature
Masculinities in fan culture
Other topics will be considered."
Submission deadline for abstracts: September 30, 2010.

More information: Call for Paper website.

CFP: Making sense of violence? Interdisciplinary approaches to interpersonal violence: past and present

University of Bern, Switzerland, September 8-10 2011.

"Can we make sense of interpersonal violence? Seemingly rooted in multiple causes, spurred by an array of different motives and finding expression in myriad settings and forms, interpersonal violence has provoked considerable and, at times, intense debate over the last number of decades. This conference will explore, through a variety of different approaches, the extent, nature and characteristics of interpersonal violence in both historical and contemporary settings. Different theoretical approaches and assumptions underlying the study of interpersonal violence will also be examined. The contributors are expected to reflect upon and seek to make sense of interpersonal violence through specific studies of the function, meaning and place of violence in particular contexts. Investigations of the relationship between violence and other social and cultural pheno-mena as well as reflections on methods of understanding and conceptualising the role of interper-sonal violence in the past and the present are particularly encouraged."
Submission deadline for abstracts: October 10, 2010.

More information: H-Net Announcements.

CFP: Postfeminist Postmortems? Gender, Sexualities and Multiple Modernities

DU Gender & Modernities Conference, Department of English, University of Dehli, 2011.

"The conference will seek to understand the complex interactions of gender/sexualities with a large array of social identifications including race, class, nation and caste within the framework of modernities across literatures, cinema, art, music, dance, photography and theatre in western as well as in post/neo/colonial sites."
Submission deadline for abstracts: October 31, 2010.

More information: Call for Papers website.

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.

June 6, 2010

ART: Stephen Robertson. "Shifting the scene of the crime: sodomy and the American history of sexual violence."

In: Journal of the history of sexuality 19(2) (May, 2010): 223-242.

Full Text: Project MUSE [Restricted access.]

ART: Sally E. McWilliams. "Intervening in trauma: bodies, violence, and interpretive possibilities in Vyvyane Loh's Breaking the Tongue."

In: Tulsa studies in women's literature 28(1) (Spring, 2009): 141-163.

Abstract: "This essay examines the literary representation of the overlap between event and insidious traumas in Vyvyane Loh's Breaking the Tongue, while gesturing towards the larger implications that such linkages create for the politics of reading diasporic Chinese women's literature. it argues that Breaking the Tongue refines and resituates the array of affective and objective responses to traumatic situations by using three specific narrative techniques: nonlinear narrative structure; shifting points of view; and cross-linguistic testifying as technologies of memory. These techniques disrupt any superficial rendering of physical suffering and deconstruct our positions of safety when reading about traumatic experiences. This analysis demonstrates how Loh's novel produces a powerful feminist intervention into the politics of trauma, its representations, and the production of cultural memory and identity. We are positioned within the language and bodies of trauma to better understand the potential for survival where there is lack, the possibility of healing where there is violence, and the creative energy for change where there is destruction." [Source: Tulsa studies in women's literature.]

Full Text: Project MUSE [Restricted access.]

ART: Bethany Packard. "Lavinia as coauthor of Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus."

In: SEL: studies in English literature 1500-1900 50(2) (Spring, 2010): 281-300.

Abstract: "This article stresses the collaborative circumstances of Lavinia's production in order to identify the character's particular disruptive and creative agency within Titus Andronicus. Lavinia functions as a coauthor, intervening in and utilizing Rome's abundant tales. Shakespeare's character does not reiterate the Lucretian stories of suicide and sacrifice that fill the play. Rape does not abject her, but rather forcibly removes her from Titus's tale of purity. Through her survival, Lavinia makes the collapsing narrative strategies of the Andronici and the Goths impossible to ignore. She serves to incorporate others in a collaborative tale that highlights the play's inherently hybrid narratives." [Source: SEL.]

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ART: Sarah Deer. "Decolonizing rape law: a native feminist synthesis of safety and sovereignty."

In: Wicazo Sa review 24(2) (Fall, 2009): 149-167.

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ART: Fabienne Giuliani. "Monsters in the village?: incest in nineteenth century France."

In: Journal of social history 42(4) (Summer, 2009): 919-932.

Abstract: "This essay examines the understanding of the incest by the rural community and the judicial system in the nineteenth century France. Traditionally presented as the taboo of mankind and likened to monstrosity and horror, incest is prone to several glances and attitudes within the promiscuity of the French villages. Thus, this analysis intends to understand the behavior towards the crime, but also the opinion that surrounded it in the distant villages of France. Based on an analysis of 163 trials and the expert literature on the incest, this paper explores the complex attitudes of the family, the neighborhood and the magistrates during an incest case. Far from the image of the taboo, incest is an ordinary crime. These cases tell us the story of an ordinary rural community: the feeling of protection, the fear of change that transcends the crime's construction. Undoubtedly, incest is a crime in nineteenth century France, but, until the 1880s, it didn't appear like a strong prohibition or a taboo." [Source: Journal of social history.]

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ART: Jessica Burke. "Significant silence in Elena Garro's Los perros."

In: Hispania 93(1) (March, 2010): 23-28.

Abstract: "Elena Garro's one-act play Los perros (1958) confronts the difficult issue of sexual violence in rural Mexico, a problem that persists today. The characters struggle with the social reality of rape, alluding to the threat of sexual violence while avoiding addressing it directly. While words are granted an almost magical power in Los perros, the various silences present are of great symbolic significance, at times becoming more significant than the words spoken. Silence speaks; and the discursive importance of silence in this powerful piece of theater is central to its message, signifying the inability to capture the physical horror of rape through language while simultaneously underscoring the importance of opening a public dialogue about sexual violence in Mexico. This paper explores the depths of the silences present in Los perros—their significance, their suggestiveness, their origins and their discursive power." [Source: Hispania.]

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ART: Diana Fritz Cates. "Experiental narratives of rape and torture."

In: Journal of religious ethics 38(1) (March, 2010): 43-66.

Abstract: "Many Guatemalan women suffered extreme sexual violence during the latter half of the twentieth century. Learning of this violence can evoke hatred in persons who love and respect women—hatred for the men who perpetrated the violence and also for other men around the world who victimize women in this way. Hatred is a common response to a perceived evil, and it might in some cases be a fitting response, but it is important to subject one's emotions to critical moral reflection. A key task of ethics is to encourage persons to cultivate good habits of being moved. This essay analyzes the way in which two different texts manage, through the skillful presentation of experiential narratives, to help readers acknowledge the hatred they might feel, but also to think twice about the hatred to which they consent." [Source: Journal of religious ethics.]

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ART: Jelke Boesten. "Analyzing rape regimes at the interface of war and peace in Peru."

In: International journal of transitional justice 4(1) (March, 2010): 110-129.

Abstract: "Using the political conflict in Peru as a case study, the author argues that the thesis that rape is a weapon of war obscures other rape regimes during political conflict. These include rape as consumption, opportunistic rape, rape by neighbors or family members, forced prostitution and rape in the aftermath of war. Neglect of forms of sexual violence that do not fit the rape-as-a-weapon-of-war script seriously impedes the transformative potential of processes of transitional justice, as it allows for the continuation of (sexual) violence against women that perpetuates hierarchies based on gender, race and class." [Source: International journal of transitional justice.]

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ART: Allison Berg. "Trauma and testimony in black women's civil rights memoirs."

"The Montgomery Bus Boycott and the Women Who Started It, Warriors Don't Cry, and From the Mississippi Delta." In: Journal of women's history 21(3) (Fall, 2009): 84-107.

Abstract: "This article focuses on three memoirs of the civil rights movement published roughly thirty years after the events described. Unlike feminist biography, on the one hand, and oral history, on the other hand, self-initiated accounts allow us to examine the range of narrative strategies chosen by black, female participant-witnesses to describe traumatic aspects of a movement that exposed them to varying degrees of physical, psychological, and sexual violence. I argue that memoirs by Jo Ann Gibson Robinson, Melba Pattillo Beals, and Endesha Ida Mae Holland are significant not only because they situate familiar movement milestones within the intimate context of "ordinary" women's lives, but also because they challenge the disembodied and triumphal story of the civil rights movement that has dominated American popular memory. As rich repositories of source material and as histories in their own right, these memoirs and others like them deserve considerably more scholarly attention." [Source: Journal of women's history.]

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BOOK: Das Sichtbare und das Unsichtbare. Zur holländischen Malerei des 17. Jahrhunderts

Author: Daniela Hammer-Tugendhat
Title: Das Sichtbare und das Unsichtbare
Subtitle: Zur holländischen Malerei des 17. Jahrhunderts
Place: Cologne, Weimar, and Vienna
Publisher: Böhlau Verlag
Year: 2010
Pages: 339pp.
Language: German
More information: History of Rape: A Bibliography

(Update: October 18, 2014)

RADIO: Pädophilie und Pädagogik: zur Geschichte des sexuellen Missbrauchs.

Deutschlandfunk, Kulturfragen, March 14, 2010. (ca. 23 min.)

Description: "Dagmar Herzog im Gespräch mit Karin Fischer."

Link: Deutschlandfunk.

RADIO: Knabenliebe in Platons Schriften

DRadio Wissen, May 5, 2010. (ca. 10 min.)

Description: "Philosophische und körperliche Aspekte des sogenannten "Pädagogischen Eros".
Der Begriff "Pädagogischer Eros" taucht im Zusammenhang mit den unterschiedlichsten Missbrauchsvorwürfen auf, immer mit Verweis auf Platon. Was genau der Begriff bedeutet, ob er überhaupt ein platonischer Begriff ist, bleibt meistens ungeklärt.
Im "Gastmahl" erläutert Platon jedenfalls die Legitimation für die Beziehung zwischen Lehrer und Schüler als pädagogisches Prinzip: Der Jüngling gibt sich dem Älteren hin und erhält im Gegenzug die Unterweisung ins männlich-tugendhafte Leben.
Von gleichberechtigten Partnern wie in einer gesunden Beziehung kann aber nicht die Rede sein. Für die Beziehung war es wesentlich, dass sie asymmetrisch sein musste: Der junge Mann durfte keine erotische Begierde für seinen älteren Liebhaber verspüren.
Jonathan Beere ist Juniorprofessor für antike Philosophie an der HU Berlin. Im Gespräch mit DRadio Wissen klärt er über die Knabenliebe auf."

Link: DRadio Wissen.

CFP: Rape in Crime Fiction - Scandinavian

"Following our recent call for papers for our collection Rape in Crime Fiction, we are looking for chapters on any of the following Scandinavian writers: Håkan Nesser, Karin Fossum, Liza Marklund and Stieg Larsson."
Submission deadline for abstracts: August 1, 2010.

More information: Call for Papers website.

CFP: Coping with Conflict: The Medical Anthropology of Gender, Violence and War

"An edited volume on the Medical Anthropology of Gender and Conflict will facilitate crucial opportunities to further assess the inter-relationship between gender, violence and health, and to specifically analyse how low-intensity or 'spectacular' violence affects and transforms gendered health practices, beliefs and experiences. In addition to highlighting current research projects and the available – and not insignificant - Medical Anthropology of Conflict literature, chapter contributions will also serve to illuminate the interdisciplinary collaborations through which Medical Anthropology methods and theory are applied in embattled contexts.

This edited volume will encompass diverse thematic trends and research inquiry relating to:
-The ways that individuals' experiences of health, illness, disease, trauma and traumatic injury during violence and war are mediated by gender.
-The conflict-related 'health effects' associated with diverse cultural settings and gendered healing traditions and practices.
-Analysis of the ways that local hierarchies of therapeutic resort are structured simultaneously by experiences of illness and trauma that are unique to war, and gendered ideals of well-being and the appropriateness of specific healing practices and traditions.
-Examination of the biomedical and 'traditional' choices and gendered decision-making processes available to patients during conflict at clinical and community-level therapeutic sites.
-The use of ethnography to document, appraise and illuminate the ways that individuals' experience of health vulnerability, trauma and treatment in diverse socio-cultural and political contexts are intimately tied to, and influenced by, gender.
-The role of applied medical anthropology in public health promotion, programme development and initiatives, and policy and legislation concerning health amid conflict, violence and war."
Submission deadline for abstracts: June 30, 2010.

More information: H-Net Announcements.

CFP: Images of Women in Film and Media

"MP journal seeks submissions that explore the ways Women/Femininity/Female agency are depicted in visual media such as video games, television, film, animation (anime), comic books, graphic novels, or any other visual depictions. MP Journal welcomes academic papers, book reviews, and other well-written inquiries from a feminist perspective on modern visual representations of women."
Submission deadline: September 21, 2010.

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

CFP: The Rhetoric of Violence in the Early Modern Era

"We invite submissions for the 2011 issue of Cahiers Shakespeare en devenir-Shakespearean Afterlives. ...
The 2011 issue of the journal is dedicated to interdisciplinary and monodisciplinary approaches to the theme of violence against body and soul in literature and the arts, from the Renaissance to the Long Eighteenth Century. Focusing on the theme of the tormented body, this issue will offer a different insight on verbal and visual representations of violence in both theoretical and practical terms. It will concentrate on the analysis of how violence was presented to the early modern public and also on the iconoclastic consequences of both violence and its representations: ... We will consider papers on Shakespeare and/or his contemporaries (literature and performance studies), on early modern literature and the arts in England, Europe, The East and the New World, on the paragone of violence in Early Modern works of art, and on the representations of Renaissance violence and violent topics in subsequent eras.
Targeted disciplines: English Literature, Comparative Literature, Theatre studies, Performance studies, Cinema studies, History of Ideas, History of Arts, Philology."
Submission deadline for abstracts: November 30, 2010.

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

CFP: Writing Gender into the American West

"The Coalition for Western Women's History (CWWH) invites your participation in a writing group that will meet during the 2010 Western Historical Association Conference. If you have an article or chapter-length work in progress, and would like feedback from published scholars in your field, this Writing Group speaks to that need. We will pair each writer with readers who have relevant expertise.
The plan is for each writer to send their draft to their designated reader at least one month before the WHA. At the WHA, writers can meet with their reader(s), for in-person discussion of the work. Note: This writer's group is NOT a formal session at the conference."
Submission deadline for abstracts: June 15, 2010.

More information: H-Net Announcements.

CFP: Gender Codes

Ottawa, Ontario, October 22-24, 2010.

"The theme that we have selected for the next Canadian Initiative in Law Culture and the Humanities (CILCH) workshop is gender. We are interested in exploring how gender is and has been constructed, deconstructed, performed, codified, encoded, decoded, played with, inscribed, transformed or rejected in and by law, culture and the humanities. The workshop will draw upon a wide variety of approaches to gender(s) and related issues and questions – feminist, queer, masculinity studies, post structuralist, historical, and critical race approaches. We will examine issues of identity, sexuality, fluidity, conformity, disruption, the body, and more."
Submission deadline for proposals: June 15, 2010.

More information: H-Net Announcements.

2010 Africana Woman Conference

Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, September 16-18, 2010.

"We welcome the submission of individual papers, complete sessions, workshops, and roundtables on topics relating to and affecting the Africana Woman such as:
• Histories and Biographies
• Literature and Poetry
• Artistic Expression and Aesthetics
• Education, Curriculum
• Policies and governmental actions
• Family and personal relationships
• Communication
• Health and AIDS
• Gender and Sexuality
• Religion and Spirituality
• Motherhood and Family
• And other proposals which would uplift the Africana Woman, her partner, her family, her environment, her place in history, her creativity, and her social situation."
Submission deadline for proposals: July 15, 2010.

More information: H-Net Announcements.

CFP: Worlds of Violence

International Postgraduate History Conference. University of Essex, History Department, September 9-10, 2010.

"Violence has been ubiquitous in history: in relations between the sexes and between the generations; in conflicts between nations, races, classes and ethnic groups; in the disciplining of the 'deviant' and in the resistance to the powerful. It can be used symbolically and can be construed as legitimate or illegitimate, as honourable or immoral.
This two-day postgraduate conference will explore the varied perceptions and uses of violence in the early modern and modern eras. It aims to encourage reflections on the cultural representations of violence and on its shaping of social relations of all kinds."
Submission deadline for proposals: July 23, 2010.

More information: H-Net Announcements.

CFP: Trauma Narratives and 'Herstory' with special emphasis on the work of Eva Figes

University of Northampton (UK), School of the Arts, November 12-13, 2010.

"In 2009 the British Library decided to acquire the rights to her personal archives. Yet, despite being an established writer and the recipient of literary prizes, Figes' work has received relatively limited critical attention. For these reasons, we are giving Eva Figes pride of place in an international conference on the topic of trauma and 'herstory', at which we will have the pleasure of interviewing her. Papers are therefore invited on any aspect of trauma and 'herstory' in contemporary writing, and particularly in their treatment in Figes' own work. We also welcome papers on the relationships that can be established between Figes and other contemporary writers who have contributed to the gendering of trauma narratives such as Alice Walker, Octavia Butler, Audre Lorde, Kate Millett, Anais Nin, Janet Frame, Sylvia Fraser, Anita Brookner, Elaine Feinstein, Bernice Rubens or Anne Karpf.
Suggested topics to explore include, but are not limited to:
•Trauma Studies and contemporary women's writing
•Eva Figes' relation to Trauma Studies
•Trauma in Black and Asian women's writing
•Jewishness and the Holocaust in contemporary women's writing
•Trauma and patriarchal cultures
•The representation of rape and sexual violence
•Motherhood as trauma
•Women's experience of war
•Writing as 'self-healing'
•Eva Figes' relation to feminism
•The power of 'herstories'
•Testimony and Literature
•Beyond 'herstory'? Transgendered trauma narratives
•Eva Figes: the writer in context
•Figes' literary technique and use of language."
Submission deadline for proposals: August 15, 2010.

More information: Calls for Papers website.

CFP: Not Through My Skin: Sexuality and the Female Body in East-Central European Cinema

NeMLA 2011 Conference, New Brunswick, New Jersey, April 7-10, 2011.

"This panel considers cinematic explorations and exploitations of the female body that have long been part of the East-Central European cultural imaginary. We are seeking papers that propose novel ways to examine the continuities and disruptions in the representations of female erotica from the communist period all the way to the recently emerging cinemas of East-Central Europe."
Submission deadline for abstracts: September 30, 2010.

More information: H-Net Announcements.

May 9, 2010

ART: Helen Benedict. "'She should be punished': the 1983-1984 New Bedford 'Big Dan's' gang rape (1992)."

In: Crime and media: a reader. Edited by Chris Greer. London: Routledge, 2009: pp. 277-290.

ART: Debra Bergoffen. "Exploiting the dignity of the vulnerable body: rape as a weapon of war."

In: Philosophical papers 38(3) (November, 2009): pp. 307-326.

Abstract: "When the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia convicted the Bosnian Serb soldiers who used rape as a weapon of war of violating the human right to sexual self determination and of crimes against humanity, it transformed vulnerability from a mark of feminine weakness to a shared human condition. The court's judgment directs us to note the ways in which the exploitation of our bodied vulnerability is an assault on our dignity. It alerts us to the ways in which the body of human rights law is a law of bodies; to the ways in which our desire for intimacy creates communal ties that ground our personal and social identities; to the ways in which the symbolic meanings of our bodies are integral to our sense of integrity and worth; and to the ways in which gender structures which position men as protectors of women make it possible for rape to be used as an effective and criminal weapon of war."

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ART: Catrien Bijleveld, Aafke Morssinkhof, and Alette Smeulers. "Counting the countless: rape victimization during the Rwandan genocide."

In: International criminal justice review 19(2) (June, 2009): pp. 208-224.

Abstract: "Rape is regularly committed during a period of collective violence such as war. The article discusses the Rwandan genocide during which rape was used with the deliberate intent to destroy in whole or in part the Tutsi community. Rape is not often studied in such particular contexts, so little is known about its prevalence in genocide; as a consequence, the comprehensive impact of genocidal incidents remains underaddressed. We estimate the prevalence of rape victimization (i.e., the number of women raped) during the Rwandan genocide in 1994. In doing so, we apply a methodology in which we use conservative victimization estimates, disaggregating between victims who were killed and victims who survived. We arrive at an estimated lower bound of a little more than 350,000 female rape victims, most of whom were Tutsi. We discuss the importance of arriving at reliable estimates, the methodology, and implications for future research."

Full Text: SAGE Journals Online. [Restricted access.]

ART: Mary R. Block. "Rape law in 19th-century America: some thoughts and reflections on the state of the field."

In: History compass 7(5) (September, 2009): pp. 1391-1399.

Abstract: "Rape is a serious crime with a long history that has not received much study until very recently. Historians should study the crime of rape in 19th-century America for many reasons, but mostly because it can tell us much about how the law operated in practice and about 19th-century notions of manhood, womanhood, sex, and violence. Historians have produced several studies on rape in the American South, while other regions of the nation have received scant attention for the 19th century. Scholars should consider studies of 19th-century rape at the micro and macro levels and should utilize interdisciplinary approaches in their analyses."

Full Text: Wiley InterScience. [Restricted access.]

ART: Keree Louise Casey. "What part of 'No' don't you understand? Talking the tough stuff of the Bible."

"A creative reading of the rape of Tamar-2 Sam. 13:1-22." In: Feminist theology 18(2) (January, 2010): pp. 160-174.

Abstract: "The Bible is full of stories. Many are read each week as part of the liturgy of the Service of the Lord’s Day. They are reflected on during personal and group Bible studies—even in Sunday school. They are stories that inspire, challenge, encourage and nurture our journey of Christian faith. However, there are also stories in the Bible we would prefer were not re-told. These particular stories confront, offend and profoundly challenge our understanding of God. We ask where God is in this story. Why is it in the canon of Holy Scripture? What can we learn from the re-telling of this story in our context? Where is the Good News? These are the‘tough stuff stories of the Bible —their subject matter embarrassing to our thinking, faith and theology in the 21st century. What part of ‘No’ don’t you understand? is one of those stories. It is a story that must always be re-told."

Full Text: SAGE Journals Online. [Restricted access.]

ART: Srirupa Chatterjee, and Gurumurthy Neelakantan. "Woman as survivor in Oates's Rape: A Love Story."

In: Notes on contemporary literature 39(4) (September, 2009): pp. 4-6.

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ART: Lloyd deMause. "Infanticide, child rape and war in early states."

In: Journal of psychohistory 36(4) (Spring, 2009): pp. 290-314.

Full Text: FindArticles. [Free access.]

ART: Alhena Gadotti. "Why it was rape: the conceptualization of rape in Sumerian literature."

In: Journal of the American Oriental Society 129(1) (January-March, 2009): pp. 73-82.

ART: J.P.E. Harper-Scott. "Britten's opera about rape."

In: Cambridge opera journal 21(1) (March, 2009): pp. 65-88.

Abstract: "Lucretia's principal virtue is her undoing. Her chastity is vaunted as the guarantor of Collatinus's honour and standing, as the trigger for Tarquinius's lust, and its brutal loss as the symbol of the corruption of the Etruscans and thus the catalyst for Junius's ascent to power. She is established in a patriarchal system as a desexed woman, as innocent as a child, who can only exist as a chaste wife. When her virtue is polluted by rape, she has no choice but to kill herself in an attempt to restore her function as chaste wife.
Britten's opera encodes the naming of Lucretia in terms redolent of the oppressive ‘speech-acts’ of Peter Grimes. Through tonal and motivic association the projection of her innocence and the ‘stain’ introduced by her rape are worked into the opera's design at the level of long-range musical structure. Through analysis of the thematic implications of musical process in the work, this article opens to view the complex and at times conflicting moral hermeneutics of the work."

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