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.

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.