Introduction

The bibliography provides information on writings dealing with the history of rape, including sexual child abuse, sexual harassment, sexual molestation, child prostitution, forced prostitution, sexual slavery, sexual(ized) violence. The blog informs about calls for papers, forthcoming events and new literature in this field.

December 9, 2012

CFP: Interpersonal Violence Interventions

Conference: Interpersonal Violence Interventions - Social and Cultural Perspectives International Conference
Place: Jyväskylän yliopisto / University of Jyväskylä, Finland
Date: August 28-30, 2013
Submission deadline for proposals: January 15, 2013

Description: »How has violence been understood in different ages and cultures? How is it defined today? Conference’s aim is to bring together experts on interpersonal violence in the fields of social and legal studies, history, cultural research, psychology and health care or from any relevant discipline.«

More information: University of Jyväskylä

CFP: Monsters and the Monstrous

Conference: 11th Global Conference: Monsters and the Monstrous
Place: Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom
Date: July 18-20, 2013
Submission deadline for abstracts: March 15, 2013

Description: »This inter and trans-disciplinary project examines all things monstrous; whether real or imagined, ideological or cultural, historic or futuristic. Building on the discussion points of the previous meeting, this year’s event will focus upon points of concentration within issues raised at last years events as well as examining certain aspects of the current ubiquity of particular monsters in contemporary popular culture. «

More information: Inter-Disciplinary.Net

December 1, 2012

ART: Teaching about Sexual Violence in Higher Education

Authors: Corrine C. Bertram and M. Sue Crowley
Title: Teaching about Sexual Violence in Higher Education
Subtitle: Moving from Concern to Conscious Resistance
Journal: Frontiers. A Journal of Women's Studies
Volume: 33
Issue: 1
Year: 2012
Pages: 63-82
ISSN: 0160-9009 - eISSN: 1536-0334
Language: English
Full Text: Project MUSE [Restricted Access]

ART: Schatten-Ich

Author: Susanne Beyer
Title: Schatten-Ich
Subtitle: -
Journal: Der Spiegel
Volume: -
Issue: 47
Year: November 19, 2012
Pages: 134-136
ISSN: 0038-7452
Language: German

Abstract: »Ein Ex-Odenwaldschüler, der den massenhaften Missbrauch an seinem Internat mit aufdeckte und damit eine landesweite Debatte auslöste, gibt jetzt sein Pseudonym auf - damit sich endlich grundlegend etwas ändert.« [Source: Der Spiegel]

ART: Bewältigungsstrategien und wahrgenommene soziale Unterstützung bei deutschen Langzeitüberlebenden der Vergewaltigungen am Ende des II. Weltkriegs

Authors: Svenja Eichhorn, Thomas Klauer, Elena Grundke, Harald J. Freyberger, Elmar Brähler, and Philipp Kuwert
Title: Bewältigungsstrategien und wahrgenommene soziale Unterstützung bei deutschen Langzeitüberlebenden der Vergewaltigungen am Ende des II. Weltkriegs
Translation: Coping Skills and Social Support in German Long-Time Survivors of Rape in the End of World War II
Journal: Psychiatrische Praxis
Volume: 39
Issue: 4
Year: 2012
Pages: 169-173
ISSN: 1439-0876
Language: German
Full Text: Thieme Connect [Restricted Access]

Abstract:
»Objective: The aim of the study was to document perceived social support in a sample of german war-raped women in World War II. Furthermore the impact of this potential resource on todays posttraumatic symptoms should be pointed out.
Methods: 27 women (M = 80.3 years, SD = 3.1 years) answered each a semi-structured interview and several questionnaires.
Results: Perceived social support shows clearly lower values than in the comparative samples. The measured degree of the variable in the present sample bears negative relationship to the actual posttraumatic symptoms of the women.
Conclusions: In World War II sexually traumatized women could profit only few from the examined resource. The found negative relationship between perceived social support and posttraumatic symptoms shows additionally the potentially long-lasting impact of these form of coping on psychological health in trauma victims.« [Source: Psychiatrische Praxis]

ART: Vergewaltigung. Zur Situation in Österreich

Author: Birgitt Haller
Title: Vergewaltigung
Subtitle: Zur Situation in Österreich
In: ... Selber schuld!? Sexualisierte Gewalt - Begriffsdefinition, Grenzziehung und professionelle Handlungsansätze
Edited by: Stadt Wien
Place: Vienna
Publisher: Stadt Wien
Year: 2012
Pages: 65-72
ISBN-13: 9783902845092
Language: German
Full Text: Stadt Wien, Frauenabteilung [Free Access]

ART: Vergewaltigung und Verführung in der medizinish-juristischen Literatur im deutschen Sprachraum um 1900

Author: Evelyn Höbenreich
Title: Vergewaltigung und Verführung in der medizinish-juristischen Literatur im deutschen Sprachraum um 1900
Subtitle: -
Journal: Index. Quaderni camerti di studi romanistici / International Survey of Roman Law
Volume: 40
Issue: -
Year: 2012
Pages: 512-532
ISSN: 0392-2391
Language: German

ART: Nein heißt Nein?

Author: Angela Koch
Title: Nein heißt Nein?
Subtitle: Zur Genealogie der Vorstellung von sexualisierter Gewalt und ihrer geschlechterpolitischen Situierung
In: ... Selber schuld!? Sexualisierte Gewalt - Begriffsdefinition, Grenzziehung und professionelle Handlungsansätze
Edited by: Stadt Wien
Place: Vienna
Publisher: Stadt Wien
Year: 2012
Pages: 17-24
ISBN-13: 9783902845092
Language: German
Full Text: Stadt Wien, Frauenabteilung [Free Access]

ART: Shame and Modern Subjectivities

Author: Alexandra Oberländer
Title: Shame and Modern Subjectivities
Subtitle: The Rape of Elizaveta Cheremnova
In: Interpreting Emotions in Russia and Eastern Europe
Edited by: Mark Steinberg and Valeria Sobol
Place: DeKalb
Publisher: Northern Illinois University Press
Year: 2011
Pages: 82-101
ISBN-13: 9780875806532
Language: English

ART: Rape and the "Arab Question" in L.A. Arieli's Allah Karim! and Aharon Reuveni's Devastation

Author: Andrea Siegel
Title: Rape and the "Arab Question" in L.A. Arieli's Allah Karim! and Aharon Reuveni's Devastation
Subtitle: -
Journal: Nashim. A Journal of Jewish Women's Studies and Gender Issues
Volume: -
Issue: 23
Year: Spring-Autumn 2012
Pages: 110-128
ISSN: 0793-8934 - eISSN: 1565-5288
Language: English
Full Text: JSTOR [Restricted Access], Project MUSE [Restricted Access]

Abstract:
»The image of the New Woman in early Zionist literature is at present an understudied field, though there have been significant advances in recent years. This article brings together the “Woman Question” and the “Arab Question” in Zionist thought prior to the 1929 Arab riots in Palestine. When reading concurrently for race and gender, the import of rape surfaces as a trope in two of the most significant Hebrew literary works relating to the Arab Question: L.A. Arieli's drama Allah Karim! (1912) and Aharon Reuveni's novel Devastation (1925).
Arguably, Zionist writers carried to Palestine a deep concern about rape from the east European pogroms of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and projected this concern onto the Arab male foe. In their writings, the pioneer Zionist man's own sexual urges (whether enervated or unruly) are put to the test: Can he properly channel his virility as he prepares to battle the Arab foe? Within this tension, I highlight how Jewish women's roles are both controversial and pivotal in the narratives.« [Source: Nashim]

BOOK: Holy Hell

Author: Patricia Feenan
Title: Holy Hell
Subtitle: -
Place: Fremantle
Publisher: Fontaine Press
Year: 2012
Pages: 192pp.
Language: English

BOOK: Human Security Report 2012

Editor: Andrew Mack
Title: Human Security Report 2012
Subtitle: Sexual Violence, Education, and War: Beyond the Mainstream Narrative
Place: Vancouver
Publisher: Human Security Press
Year: 2012
Pages: 230pp.
Language: English

RADIO: Patricia Feenan

Title: Patricia Feenan
Program: Conversations with Richard Fidler
Channel: ABC Local
Date: November 28, 2012
Duration: 50:58 min.
Language: English

Description:
»Patricia and her husband considered Father James Fletcher a trusted part of their community. When he invited their eldest child to become an altar boy, they were oblivious to the violent abuse he would inflict on Daniel for the next seven years.
When the she finally learned the truth of what had happened, Patricia helped her son find the strength to give a statement to the police.
Now Patricia's written a book about what happened and the subsequent prosecution and conviction of Fletcher.«

Podcast: ABC Local

EXHIB: The Yellow Ticket: Traffic in Girls 1860 to 1930

Exhibition: Der Gelbe Schein. Mädchenhandel 1860 bis 1930 / The Yellow Ticket: Traffic in Girls 1860 to 1930
Museum: Deutsches Auswandererhaus / German Emigration Center
Place: Bremerhaven, Germany
Date: August 26, 2012 - February 28, 2013
Description: »Millions of girls and young women left Europe and their homes in the late 1890s and early 1900s. They journeyed from Hesse to California, from Russia to New York or from Galicia to Buenos Aires in the hope of improving their fortune and creating a new existence for themselves. For tens of thousands this path led to prostitution.«
Link: Deutsches Auswandererhaus

(Update: July 27, 2014)

CFP: Gendering the Civil War and Freedom: Explorations of Difference in the Southern United States

Book: Gendering the Civil War and Freedom: Explorations of Difference in the Southern United States
Editors: Karen Cook Bell and Sharita Jacobs- Thompson
Submission deadline for proposals: January 2, 2013

Description: »This is a study of African American women that is informed by an “ethos of difference.” The essays collected here all expand, explore, and critique this concept in a range of contexts and discourses. This study seeks to challenge the idea that enslaved women in the southern United States experienced emancipation the same and more importantly encourages further exploration of the “effects and affect of difference”—to use one of the central ideas in Naomi Greyser’s essay on feminism and affect studies. The study of gender can illuminate deeper historical patterns and processes, which continued to affect African American women in the twentieth century. This collection of essays extends the arguments presented by Pamela Scully and Diana Paton, who reflect on emancipation from the point of view of women, and who demonstrate through an analysis of comparative Atlantic emancipations how emancipation confirmed or disrupted existing gender relations and placed issues such as violence, sexuality, and the gendered politics of public space at the heart of emancipation studies.«

More information: H-Net Announcements

CFP: Victorians and the Law

Journal: Victorian Network
Guest Editor: Cathrine Frank
Submission deadline: April 1, 2013

Description: »The eighth issue of Victorian Network, ..., will take a fresh look at the interfaces between literature and legal cultures in the Victorian period. ...
Possible topics include, but are by no means limited to, the following:
* wills, trusts and guardianship accounts: the materiality of the legal archive
* Victorian trials, sensation and theatricality
* criminal law, lawlessness, realist epistemologies and the detective plot
* Victorian law and gender
* the reaches of the law: imperialism and the legal & literary creation of colonial identities
* intersections between genres of legal and literary writing
* "brought up a barrister": nineteenth-century authors, legal training, professionalization and the bar
* radical politics, social change and the working class in Victorian literature and the law
* debates about rights to intellectual and literary property
* the spaces and cultural venues of legal practice«.

More information: Victorian Network

CFP: Interdisciplinary perspectives - law and literature

Journal: Revue d'Études Benthamiennes
Editors: Emmanuelle de Champs, Claire Wrobel
Submission deadline for proposals: January 12, 2013

Description:
»The Revue d'Etudes Benthamiennes is seeking to publish papers relying on the methodology of “Law and Literature” studies to shed new light on the works and thinking of Bentham and his followers and, conversely, identify what Bentham's theory of fiction or evidence – for instance – may bring to the field. ...
Contributions may address - but are not necessarily limited to – the axes which are already well-established: law in literature (the way literature reflects – in both senses of the word – the world of law and legal processes), law asliterature (the literary properties of legal texts), the law of literature (the laws relating to literary production and intellectual property), legal and literary hermeneutics. Bentham's theories on fictions and evidence may prove particularly fruitful for hermeneutic issues.«

More information: CFP website

CFP: Irish women’s writing and experience

Journal: Women's Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal
Special Editor: Brian F. McCabe
Submission deadline for proposals: January 31, 2013

Description: »Women's Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal is seeking articulate and well-reasoned articles exploring any element of Irish women’s writing and experience. Articles from any discipline are welcome and articles embracing a transdisciplinary methodology are of particular interest.«

More information: CFP website

CFP: Women in Early Modern England

Conference: 2013 Graduate History Conference
Place: Louisiana State University - Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA
Date: March 22-23, 2013
Submission deadline for proposals: December 20, 2012

Description: »This panel is designed to be broad in scope, so feel free to submit proposals focusing on any aspect of women's history in Early Modern England.«

More information: H-Net Announcements

CFP: Violence in the Early Modern Period

Conference: Early Modern Colloquium
Place: University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
Date: February 15-16, 2013
Submission deadline for proposals: December 30, 2012

Description: »This interdisciplinary conference will explore the instances, effects, and functions of violence throughout sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Europe. How we understand violence effectively informs how we understand other far-reaching phenomena in the period—e.g., colonization; performances of ability, class, gender, race, and sex; public entertainment; religious reformation(s); social discipline; and urbanization.«

More information: CFP website

CFP: Consent: Terms of Agreement

Conference: Indiana University Graduate Conference
Place: Indiana University - Bloomington, Indiana, USA
Date: March 21-23, 2013
Submission deadline for abstracts: January 1, 2013

Description: »This conference explores both the cultural and practiced significance of “consent,” welcoming papers on its diverse meanings and modes of representation: from issues in the consent to be governed to reading a text that resists interpretations; from felicitous utterances gone awry to the struggle for speaking and acknowledging desires between two or more people. Tracing the theoretical, formal, and political implications of this issue requires a variety of methodologies and perspectives, so we particularly encourage interdisciplinary and applied approaches that consider any time period, place, or practice.«

More information: CFP website

CFP: Advancement of Women

Conference: 29th Annual Conference on the Advancement of Women
Place: Texas Tech University - Lubbock, Texas, USA
Date: April 4-5, 2013
Submission deadline for abstracts: February 1, 2013

Description: »We invite papers and panel proposals that explore the manifold meanings of movement and change as connected to, created by, and/or caught up in the presence of women's, gender, and identity issues, in both contemporary and historical frameworks. Interdisciplinary proposals, as well as those from disciplines and specialty subject areas are also encouraged to submit.«

More information: H-Net Announcements

CFP: Graphic Art: Violence and Healing in Comics and Graphic Novels

Conference: Rocky Mountain Conference on Comics and Graphic Novels
Place: Denver, Colorado, USA
Date: May 28-30, 2013
Submission deadline for abstracts: March 1, 2013 - Updated submission deadline: March 15, 2013

Description: »Though there are many sociological and psychological areas of study that theorize about the relationship between violence in the media and “real world” violence, it is also important to examine this pervasive topic through literary analysis. For ROMOCOCO 2013, we are particularly interested in essays that investigate the role, purpose and representation of violence in comic books and graphic novels and/or their subsequent film versions.«

More information: CFP website (old link), CFP website (new link)

CFP: Writing Trauma Survival: Learning from violence and its after effects in literature

Conference: Rocky Mountain Modern Languages Association Convention
Place: Vancouver, Washington, USA
Date: October 10-12, 2013
Submission deadline for proposals: March 1, 2013

Description: »This session will focus on what we can learn about trauma, resiliency and the operations of social violence in literary texts (broadly defined), written by authors who self-identify as women since 1960. There is considerable evidence, both in the cultural record and in terms of measurable social effects, to demonstrate that ideological, socio-cultural and systemic forms of violence work together to reinforce intersectional gender discipline. This session, therefore, invites scholars exploring the complex issues inherent in gender-based acts of violence and their aftermath to engage with models of human fragility and capacities for resiliency and repair, as presented through selected texts.«

More information: CFP website

November 18, 2012

CFP: Sex: Religious and Theological Perspectives

Conference: Princeton Theological Seminary Graduate Student Conference
Place: Princeton, New Jersey
Date: March 7-8, 2013
Submission deadline for proposals: December 1, 2012

Description: »e warmly welcome and encourage submissions from students of all disciplines and faith traditions, from scholars in history, religion, theology, Christian ethics, moral theology, biblical studies, practical theology, sociology, philosophy, law, classics, and the sciences, regarding the following topics: church polity and politics LGBTQ studies/queer theory performativity history of sexuality and religion feminisms sex and sacred texts masculinities family media mysticism clergy erotics birth control marriage/celibacy pornography heteronormativity gender roles/identities sexual anthropology«.

More information: H-Net Announcements

CFP: Sexuality Studies

Conference: Sexuality Studies Association Congress - Association des Études de la Sexualité Congrés 2013
Place: University of Victoria, Victoria BC
Date: June 1-2, 2013
Submission deadline for abstracts: December 7, 2012

Description: »The Sexuality Studies Association welcomes paper proposals for our first meetings to be held at Congress 2013 in Victoria BC. We invite proposals for papers in English or French from any disciplinary or interdisciplinary perspective in sexuality studies.«

More information: Sexuality Studies Association

November 3, 2012

ART: Erfahrungen sexualisierter Gewalt in der Lebensgeschichte alter Frauen

Author: Martina Böhmer
Title: Erfahrungen sexualisierter Gewalt in der Lebensgeschichte alter Frauen
Subtitle: -
Journal: Sozial Extra
Volume: 36
Issue: 5-6
Year: June 2012
Pages: 29-31
ISSN: 0931-279X - eISSN: 1863-8953
Language: German
Full Text: SpringerLink [Restricted access]

Abstract: »Viele ältere Frauen haben, u.a. bedingt durch Krieg, Vertreibung u.ä., Vergewaltigungen erlebt, die sie lange verdrängen konnten. In Zeiten der Hilfsbedürftigkeit und Pflege treten die erlittenen, unbearbeiteten Schäden jedoch wieder zutage und erschweren den Betroffenen das Leben.« [Source: Sozial Extra]

ART: Sexual Violence, Bodily Pain, and Trauma: A History

Author: Joanna Bourke
Title: Sexual Violence, Bodily Pain, and Trauma
Subtitle: A History
Journal: Theory, Culture & Society
Volume: 29
Issue: 3
Year: May 2012
Pages: 25-51
ISSN: 0263-2764 - eISSN: 1460-3616
Language: English
Full Text: SAGE Journals [Restricted access]

Abstract: »Psychological trauma is a favoured trope of modernity. It has become commonplace to assume that all ‘bad events’ – and particularly those which involve violence – have a pathological effect on the sufferer’s psyche, as well as that of the perpetrators. This essay explores the ways victims of rape and sexual assault were understood in psychiatric, psychological, forensic, and legal texts in Britain and America from the 19th to the late 20th century. It argues that, unlike most other ‘bad events’, which were incorporated within trauma narratives from the 1860s, the ascription of psychological trauma was only applied to rape victims a century later. Why and what were the consequences? « [Source: Theory, Culture & Society]

ART: The ‘Condemned Criminals’: sexual violence, race, and manliness in colonial Australia

Author: Amanda Kaladelfos
Title: The ‘Condemned Criminals’
Subtitle: sexual violence, race, and manliness in colonial Australia
Journal: Women’s History Review
Volume: 21
Issue: 5
Year: 2012
Pages: 697-714
ISSN: 0961-2025 - eISSN: 1747-583X
Language: English
Full Text: Taylor & Francis Online [Restricted access]

Abstract: »In 1879, the New South Wales government took the unusual step of recommending the execution of three men—two white and one black—for two separate crimes of rape. The government's decision provoked outcry from capital punishment abolitionists who inundated the parliament and press with appeals for mercy, and held sensational public rallies decrying the use of the death penalty. Politicians' varied responses to the crimes show their preoccupations in ensuring ideals of colonial manliness and colonial honour remained intact no matter what the cost. This case offers an important example of the complex relationship between gender, race, sexuality and colonial politics.« [Source: Women’s History Review]

ART: The politics of punishment: Rape and the death penalty in colonial Australia, 1841-1901

Author: Amanda Kaladelfos
Title: The politics of punishment
Subtitle: Rape and the death penalty in colonial Australia, 1841-1901
Journal: History Australia
Volume: 9
Issue: 1
Year: 2012
Pages: 155-175
ISSN: 1449-0854 - eISSN: 1833-4881
Language: English
Full Text: Monash University Publishing [Restricted access]

Abstract:
»In the second half of the nineteenth century, Australian law permitted colonial governments to order capital punishment for crimes that were no longer punishable by death in England, including attempted murder, robbery under arms and, most controversially, rape. Australian lawmakers knew their obsolete criminal codes reflected badly on their reputation as merciful and enlightened. Yet when politicians proposed the abolition of the death penalty, they faced strong opposition. All agreed that an effective criminal justice system held an important role in securing colonial authority and power, but they differed in their conception of the best way to achieve this end.
This article examines public debates about capital punishment from the 1840s onwards, with a focus on the highly politicised issue of the punishment for rape. Despite a long-standing reformist campaign,successive New South Wales governments did not back down. Instead, they retained capital punishment for rape until 1955. Most political leaders thought it necessary to maintain this penalty to control two groups – Aboriginal men and white men from poor moral backgrounds – arguing they equally threatened white colonial women’s virtue. Capital punishment for rape thus became an overtly violent symbol by which the colonial state asserted itself as the true guardian of female purity.« [Source: History Australia]

ART: Sexuelle Gewalt im Kontext der Lebens- und Familiengeschichte erinnern

Author: Ulrike Loch
Title: Sexuelle Gewalt im Kontext der Lebens- und Familiengeschichte erinnern
Subtitle: -
Journal: Sozial Extra
Volume: 36
Issue: 5-6
Year: June 2012
Pages: 17-21
ISSN: 0931-279X - eISSN: 1863-8953
Language: German
Full Text: SpringerLink [Restricted access]

Abstract: »Biografisches Erzählen ist ein Prozess, in dem Erinnerungen, historische Fakten mit situationsgebundenen bzw. gegenwartsbezogenen Anforderungen verknüpft werden. Wenn es hierüber aufgrund des Tabus, über (sexuelle und nationalsozialistische) Gewalt zu sprechen, zu ahistorischen Neuschreibungen von Biografien kommt, führt dies zu belastenden Lebenssituationen, auch wenn dieser soziale Anpassungsprozess zunächst Erleichterung verspricht. Dieses Ergebnis spricht für eine Historisierung von Biografien.« [Source: Sozial Extra]

CFP: Sex and Violence

Journal: Australian Feminist Studies
Editors: Lisa Featherstone, Amanda Kaladelfos
Submission deadline for abstracts: November 17, 2012

Description:
»Recent work on sex and sexuality has much to offer the study of violence. Yet all too often, broad violence studies have not engaged with the latest scholarship on sexuality. This collection aims to refocus attention on the formative relationship between sex and violence. We ask contributors to consider how examining sexuality, in historical or contemporary perspective, changes and challenges current theories of violence. To what extent, for instance, do they take into account the many forms of gendered, sexual, and homophobic violence? Or the ways these have changed over time?
We call for papers which examine the complex and multifaceted relationship between sex and violence, one that often crosses the borders drawn by race, class, gender and sexuality. Contributors could examine the ways legal and scientific ideas about normality and perversity affirmed or renounced violent acts. Other submissions might consider the ways violence is enmeshed within, or challenged by, the social order and how violent acts changed variously across time, space and place.«

More information: H-Net Announcements

CFP: Jews in Image and Imagination: Body, Gender, and Sexuality in Representation

Conference: Inaugural Jewish Studies Conference for Graduate Students
Place: Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
Date: February 7-8, 2013
Submission deadline for proposals: November 26, 2012

Description: »The inaugural conference of the Jewish Studies Graduate Student Association at Indiana University Bloomington, ..., will explore the representational relationship between Jews and sexuality, Jews and gender, Jews and physicality, and Jews and the body.«

More information: Jewish Studies Graduate Student Association, Indiana University

CFP: Histories of Violence: War and Memory

Conference: Histories of Violence symposium
Place: Northwestern University, Evanston
Date: May 10, 2013
Submission deadline: November 28, 2012

Description: »This symposium explores Histories of Violence through the theme of War and Memory. Specifically, we seek papers that address the long and broad aftermaths of war, including those that mobilize the figures of veterans, refugees, colonial subjects, and sex workers. We are interested in the transnational circulation of violence, weapons, tactics, and symbols, as well as the relationship between violence and power both in the United States and in transnational context. How do people remember violent experience, and what are the social costs of such memories? What legacies of American violence continue to shape identity, projects of empire, and political discourse? Can we read the relationship between state and interpersonal violence in memory?«

More information: CFP website or H-Net Announcements

CFP: Black Sexual Economies: Transforming Black Sexualities Research

Conference: Black Sexual Economies: Transforming Black Sexualities Research
Place: Washington University School of Law, St. Louis, MO
Date: September 27-28, 2013
Submission deadline for abstracts: December 15, 2012

Description: »Black sexualities have been constructed as a site of sexual panic and pathology in U.S. culture. Viewed as a threat to normative ideas about sexuality, the family, and the nation, Black sexualities are intimately linked to and regulated by political and socioeconomic discourses and institutions.«

More information: H-Net Announcements

CFP: Making Sense of: Pain

Conference: 4th Global Conference: Making Sense of: Pain
Place: Prague, Czech Republic
Date: May 9-11, 2013
Submission deadline for abstracts: January 4, 2013

Description: »This inter- and transdisciplinary conference provides a forum for inquiry into the vicissitudes of pain: its nature and significance biologically, anthropologically, historically, culturally and socially. More specifically, as a means of probing the boundaries, this conference aims to create a dialogue between disparate as well as overlapping fields of study: the boundaries of disciplines as well as the boundaries of sensation—our suffering, our pleasure, ourselves.«

More information: Inter-Disciplinary.Net

TV: Skandal um Savile

Title: Skandal um Savile
Program: Kulturzeit
Channel: 3sat
Date: October 30, 2012
Language: German
Duration: 03:58 min

Description: »BBC-Moderator soll Kinder missbraucht haben: Seit Wochen kommen im Kinderschänder-Skandal um den früheren BBC-Moderator Jimmy Savile fast täglich neue schockierende Details ans Licht. 300 mutmaßliche Opfer haben sich bisher gemeldet. Die BBC muss sich ihrer Vergangenheit stellen.«

Link: 3sat Mediathek

October 6, 2012

ART: Urban, Suburban, and Rural Variations in Separation/Divorce Rape/Sexual Assault

Authors: Callie Marie Rennison, Walter S. DeKeseredy, and Molly Dragiewicz
Title: Urban, Suburban, and Rural Variations in Separation/Divorce Rape/Sexual Assault
Subtitle: Results from the National Crime Victimization Survey
Journal: Feminist Criminology
Volume: 7
Issue: 4
Year: October 2012
Pages: 282-297
ISSN: 1557-0851 - eISSN: 1557-086X
Language: English
Full Text: SAGE Journals [Restricted access]

Abstract: »To date, no large study has looked at whether separation/divorce sexual assault varies across urban, suburban, and rural areas. The authors use 1992-2009 NCVS (National Crime Victimization Survey) data to estimate the percentage of separation/divorce sexual assault against women in urban, suburban, and rural communities. In addition, the authors identify and compare the relative risk of sexual assault victimization for women across areas. Findings indicate that a higher percentage of rural divorced/separated women were victims of rape/sexual assault than were urban divorced/separated women. In addition, rural separated women are victims of intimate rape/sexual assault at significantly higher rates than their suburban and urban counterparts.« [Source: Feminist Criminology]

ART: Myths about male rape

Authors: Jessica A. Turchik and Katie M. Edwards
Title: Myths about male rape
Subtitle: A literature review
Journal: Psychology of Men & Masculinity
Volume: 13
Issue: 2
Year: April 2012
Pages: 211-226
ISSN: 1524-9220 - eISSN: 1939-151X
Language: English
Full Text: PsycNET [Restricted access]

Abstract: »Rape myths are one way in which sexual violence has been sustained and justified through history and modern times. However, there has been a dearth of scholarship about rape myths concerning male victims. This paper reviews the historical origins, development, and current manifestations of male rape myths prevalent in Western society. Specifically, we review male rape myths and their origins in the areas of medicine, law, media, the military, and incarcerated settings. The paper also delineates possible means for eradicating male rape myths at the individual, institutional, and societal levels.« [Source: Psychology of Men & Masculinity]

BOOK: The Violence of the Scripture

Author: Eric A. Seibert
Title: The Violence of the Scripture
Subtitle: Overcoming the Old Testament's Troubling Legacy
Place: Minneapolis, MN
Publisher: Fortress Press
Year: 2012
Pages: 232pp.
Language: English

CFP: Zombies, Sex and Sexuality

Book: Anthology on Zombies, Sex and Sexuality
Editors: Steve Jones; Shaka Paul McGlotten
Submission deadline for proposals: November 9, 2012

Description: »Over the last decade, the zombie has become ever-more popular as a horror archetype. That renaissance has been accompanied by a surge of academic interest in the monster; a wealth of new scholarship that has offered new insights into the cultural, social and philosophical significance of the undead. However, few of those contributions have focused specifically on the issues of sex and sexuality. ... This anthology seeks to investigate zombie sexuality in all its forms and manifestations.«

More information: CFP website

CFP: Historical tragedies and past human rights abuses

Journal: Journal of International Crimes and History
Editor: Deniz Altinbas
Submission deadline: November 30, 2012

Description: »The Journal of International Crimes and History invites submissions related to historical tragedies and past human rights abuses as well as current legal debates addressing international crimes and the courts and tribunals that have jurisdiction over these crimes.«

More information: H-Net Announcements

CFP: Gender Questions

Journal: Gender Questions
Editors: Jessica Murray, Elbie van den Berg
Submission deadline: February 22, 2013

Description: »The journal will serve as a forum for scholarly research on all aspects of gender studies, including feminist research, studies in masculinities, LGBT and queer studies.«

More information: H-Net Announcements

CFP: Irish Crime

Journal: Éire-Ireland: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Irish Studies
Guest Editors: Ian Campbell Ross, William Meier
Submission deadline: September 1, 2013

Description: »The guest editors seek essays that explore crime and criminality in Ireland from historical and literary perspectives, as well as submissions that draw upon methods including (but not confined to) criminology, geography, film studies, the visual arts, and music, in order to broaden our understanding of the nature and significance of crime in modern Irish society and culture.«

More information: H-Net Announcements

September 5, 2012

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

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

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

BOOK: Rape in Chicago

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

THESIS: A "Peculiar Offence"

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

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

RADIO: Jagdszenen aus Unterfranken

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

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

Manuscript: Westdeutscher Rundfunk

CFP: Classifying Sex

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

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

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

CFP: War and Peace: Violence, Justice, Representation

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

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

More information: CFP website

CFP: Experiencing Prison

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

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

More information: Inter-Disciplinary.Net

CFP: Violence

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

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

More information: Inter-Disciplinary.Net

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

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

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

More information: H-Net Announcements

August 4, 2012

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

Author: Emy Koopman
Title: Incestuous rape, abjection, and the colonization of psychic space in Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye and Shani Mootoo’s Cereus Blooms at Night
Subtitle: -
Journal: Journal of Postcolonial Writing
Date: June 6, 2012
ISSN: 1744-9855 - eISSN: 1744-9863
Language: English
Full Text: Taylor & Francis Online [Restricted access]

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

ART: Urban, Suburban, and Rural Variations in Separation/Divorce Rape/Sexual Assault

Authors: Callie Marie Rennison, Walter S. DeKeseredy, and Molly Dragiewicz
Title: Urban, Suburban, and Rural Variations in Separation/Divorce Rape/Sexual Assault
Subtitle: Results From the National Crime Victimization Survey
Journal: Feminist Criminology
Date: March 20, 2012
ISSN: 1557-0851 - eISSN: 1557-086X
Language: English
Full Text: SAGE Journals [Restricted access]

Abstract: »To date, no large study has looked at whether separation/divorce sexual assault varies across urban, suburban, and rural areas. The authors use 1992-2009 NCVS (National Crime Victimization Survey) data to estimate the percentage of separation/divorce sexual assault against women in urban, suburban, and rural communities. In addition, the authors identify and compare the relative risk of sexual assault victimization for women across areas. Findings indicate that a higher percentage of rural divorced/separated women were victims of rape/sexual assault than were urban divorced/separated women. In addition, rural separated women are victims of intimate rape/sexual assault at significantly higher rates than their suburban and urban counterparts.« [Source: Feminist Criminology]

RADIO: Megan's law

Title: Megan's law
Program: Witness
Channel: BBC World Service
Date: July 30, 2012
Language: English
Duration: 09:02 min.

Description: »In 1994 a little girl was raped and murdered - her death led to a change in US law.« [Source: BBC]

Podcast: BBC

CFP: Military History

Journal: International Bibliography of Military History
Editors: Mauro Mantovani, Marco Wyss
Submission deadlines: April 1 and September 1

Description: »The Bibliographical Committee of the International Commission of Military History (ICMH) encourages to submit contributions to the International Bibliography of Military History (IBMH), anytime.«

More information: H-Net Announcements

July 7, 2012

RADIO: Das waren alles meine Freunde

Title: Das waren alles meine Freunde. Eine vergewaltigte Bosniakin erzählt
Program: Tandem
Channel: SWR2
Date: June 11, 2012
Language: German
Duration: 24:50 min.

Description: »So ist der Krieg eben - das muss sich die Bosniakin Bakira Hasecic auch heute noch anhören. Es waren ehemalige Freunde und Nachbarn, die mitmachten bei einer Politik der ethnischen Säuberung, in der Zigtausende muslimischer Frauen vergewaltigt wurden, und das mit bitterem Erfolg: In der vor dem Krieg zu gleichen Teilen muslimischen und serbisch-orthodoxen Stadt Visegrad leben heute fast ausschließlich Serben. Keine Frau will auf der Straße ihrem Vergewaltiger begegnen. Bakira Hasecic ist mit ihrer Familie nach Sarajevo gezogen. Dort erzählt sie wieder und wieder ihre Geschichte und kämpft um Wahrheit und Gerechtigkeit.«

Podcast: SWR

CFP: Russia at War

Title: Russia at War: An Encyclopedia
Editor: Timothy Dowling
Submission deadline: Deadlines vary; some are due as early as October 2012 where others are to be delivered later.

Description: »Entries cover the whole of modern Russian history, and some extend back to the Kievan state. They are intended to be as inclusive as possible, and any suggestions for additions would be welcome. The volume includes conflicts, treaties, weapons, places, concepts, events, and of course personages central to Russian military history. The aim is to create a source of authoritative information on the Russian military.«

More information: H-Net Announcements

CFP: Literature and Crime in the Early Nineteenth Century

Conference: 44th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association
Place: Boston, Massachusetts
Date: March 21-24, 2013
Submission deadline for abstracts: September 30, 2012

Description: »This panel will explore ways in which nineteenth-century British literature published before 1859 engages with issues of crime and criminality. Papers might examine social responses to this literature or situate issues of class and gender in relation to the broader theme of the panel, though a focus on these particular inquiries is not required.«

More information: Northeast Modern Language Association

CFP: Law and Justice

Journal: No Foundations: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Law and Justice
Editors: Julen Etxabe, Mónica López Lerma
No submission deadline.

Description: »We encourage contributions from all areas of law and beyond, with the aim of bridging the gap once opened between law and other social and human activities and experiences.«

More information: No Foundations

PRIZE: 2013 OAH Darlene Clark Hine Award

Prize: Darlene Clark Hine Award
Submission deadline: October 1, 2012

Description: »The Darlene Clark Hine Award is given annually by the Organization of American Historians to the author of the best book in African American women's and gender history.«

More information: Organization of American Historians

PRIZE: 2013 OAH Lerner-Scott Prize

Prize: Lerner-Scott Prize
Submission deadline: October 1, 2012

Description: »The Lerner-Scott Prize is given annually by the Organization of American Historians for the best doctoral dissertation in U.S. women’s history.«

More information: Organization of American Historians

June 2, 2012

ART: Race, rape and capital punishment in Connecticut to 1830

Author: Lawrence B. Goodheart
Title: Race, rape and capital punishment in Connecticut to 1830
Subtitle: -
Journal: Patterns of Prejudice
Volume: 46
Issue: 1
Year: 2012
Pages: 58-77
ISSN: 0031-322X - eISSN: 1461-7331
Language: English
Full Text: Taylor & Francis Online [Restricted access]

Abstract: »Goodheart's narrative of the death penalty in early Connecticut argues that the racist depiction of black men as violent sexual predators who preyed on white women goes back hundreds of years and flourished in New England. The depiction of African American men as lascivious and dangerous was well established during slave times. The resulting prosecutorial treatment of black-on-white rape was remarkably consistent during the colonial and early national period. After the only white man was hanged for rape in 1693, the remaining five executions were all of Blacks. No one of any race was hanged for the rape of a Native American or African American woman. A marker of the marginalization of African Americans is that the final person hanged in Connecticut for a crime other than homicide was a black man for rape in 1817. This persistent pattern of prejudice is a telling example of the impact of race on criminal justice, especially the capital crime of rape.« [Source: Patterns of Prejudice]

ART: Rediscovering a massacre: The filmic legacy of Iris Chang's The Rape of Nanking

Author: Damien Kinney
Title: Rediscovering a massacre
Subtitle: The filmic legacy of Iris Chang's The Rape of Nanking
Journal: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies
Volume: 26
Issue: 1
Year: 2012
Pages: 11-23
ISSN: 1030-4312 - eISSN: 1469-3666
Language: English
Full Text: Taylor & Francis Online [Restricted access]

Abstract: »In December 1937, the then-Chinese capital of Nanjing fell to the Imperial Japanese Army (IJA). China, under the control of the Nationalist government (the KMT), had been engaged in full-scale conflict with Japan since July of that year in what is known as the Second Sino-Japanese War (1937–1945). During 1937, Japanese forces captured several major Chinese cities, including Shanghai, whose taking enabled the invading army to advance on the capital. By the time the IJA entered an already-bombarded Nanjing on December 13, the KMT had withdrawn its army, leaving the city officially defenceless. The events that ensued over six weeks – including mass rape and killing of both civilians and disarmed military personnel – are known collectively as the Nanjing Massacre. Its death toll remains hotly disputed particularly among Japanese historians, though the official Chinese estimate is 300,000. This figure, set in stone as if to quantify the city's trauma, has confronted visitors to the Nanjing Massacre Memorial Museum since its opening in 1985.« [Source: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies]

ART: Sexual violence by occupational forces during and after World War II

Authors: Brigitte Lueger-Schuster, Tobias M. Glück, Ulrich S. Tran, and Elisabeth L. Zeilinger
Title: Sexual violence by occupational forces during and after World War II
Subtitle: Influence of experiencing and witnessing of sexual violence on current mental health in a sample of elderly Austrians
Journal: International Psychogeriatrics
Year: Published online: March 21, 2012
Pages: 5pp.
ISSN: 1041-6102 - eISSN: 1741-203X
Language: English
Full Text: Cambridge Journals Online [Restricted access]

Abstract:
»Background: Wartime rape is an atrocity with long-lasting impacts not only on victims but whole societies. In this brief report, we present data on experience and witness of sexual violence during World War II (WWII) and subsequent time of occupation and on indicators of mental health in a sample of elderly Austrians.
Methods: Interviews of 298 elderly Austrians from a larger epidemiological study on WWII traumatization were analyzed for the impact of experience and witness of sexual violence during the wartime committed by occupational forces. Interviews comprised a biographical/historical section and psychological measures (BSI, TLEQ, PCL–C). Participants were recruited in all nine provinces of Austria with respect to former zones of occupation (Western Allied/Soviet).
Results: Twelve persons reported direct experience of sexual violence, 33 persons witnessed such atrocities. One third of the victims and 18.2% of the witnesses reported post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD full/subthreshold). Sexual violence occurred more often in the former Soviet zone. Victims and witnesses displayed higher odds of post-traumatic symptoms and symptoms of depression and phobic fear than non-victims. Furthermore, witnesses displayed higher levels of aggression compared to victims and non-witnesses.
Conclusions: Our results corroborate previous findings that wartime rape has long-lasting effects over decades on current mental health and post-traumatic distress in victims and witnesses. We recommend integration of psychotraumatological knowledge on consequences of sexual violence on mental health into geriatric care and the education of dedicated personnel.« [Source: International Psychogeriatrics]

ART: The Rape of Nanking vs. the incident of Nanking: a Literature Review

Author: Chi-Wei Man
Title: The Rape of Nanking vs. the incident of Nanking
Subtitle: A Literature Review
Journal: Momentum
Volume: 1
Issue: 1
Year: 2012
Pages: 16 pages
Language: English
Full Text: Momentum [Free access]

Abstract: »The Nanking Massacre has become deeply ingrained in the cultural history of both the Chinese and the Japanese; however it has taken on two perhaps contradictory narratives in each of those communities.« [Source: Momentum]

ART: A More Inclusive History of Sexual Crimes During the World War II Era

Author: Genevieve Peterson
Title: A More Inclusive History of Sexual Crimes During the World War II Era
Subtitle: Situating the Comfort Women System Amongst the Sexual Crimes of Allied Forces in Japan
Journal: Princemere: The Gordon College Academic Journal
Volume: 1
Issue: 1
Year: Autumn 2011
Pages: 25-33
Language: English
Full Text: Edublogs [Free access]

ART: Nanjing, Rape of (December 13, 1937-January 22, 1938)

Author: Priscilla Mary Roberts
Title: Nanjing, Rape of (December 13, 1937-January 22, 1938)
Subtitle: -
In: China at War. An Encyclopedia
Edited by: Xiaobing Li
Place: Santa Barbara, CA
Publisher: ABC-Clio
Year: 2012
Pages: 296-298
ISBN-13: 9781598844153
Language: English
Full Text: Google Books [Limited preview]

ART: The tools to combat the war on women's bodies: rape and sexual violence against women in armed conflict

Author: Kas Wachalaa
Title: The tools to combat the war on women's bodies
Subtitle: rape and sexual violence against women in armed conflict
Journal: The International Journal of Human Rights
Volume: 16
Issue: 3
Year: 2012
Pages: 533-553
ISSN: 1364-2987 - eISSN: 1744-053X
Language: English
Full Text: Taylor & Francis Online [Restricted access]

Abstract: »Without doubt since the 1990s inroads have been made in the development of international law in the sphere of sexual violence and armed conflict. Due to the progress made in international law itself and the tribunals of the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda, international law can now be seen to have an array of tools with which to combat and prosecute perpetrators of sexual violence. These tools include humanitarian law, the Genocide Convention, crimes against humanity, customary international law, in particular the rules of jus cogens and the Rome Statute. An analysis will be made in this article of the effectiveness of these tools and how they can be utilised in order to prevent the on-going onslaught on women's bodies. It will be seen that the gradual acknowledgement of rape and sexual violence as an international crime has the potential of empowering women and can give them the ability to use international law as a powerful tool to redress violence perpetrated against them in armed conflict. This article will then examine whether this potential is in fact a reality for women who have suffered sexual abuse in armed conflict or have the developments merely paid lip service to these crimes and not been as progressive as was first hoped.« [Source: The International Journal of Human Rights]

BOOK: Rape-Revenge Films

Author: Alexandra Heller-Nicholas
Title: Rape-Revenge Films
Subtitle: A Critical Study
Place: Jefferson, NC
Publisher: McFarland & Co
Year: 2011
Pages: 238pp.
Language: English

THESIS: Rape and the Feminine Response in Early Modern England and Several Shakespearean Works

Author: David Alexander Bernard
Title: Rape and the Feminine Response in Early Modern England and Several Shakespearean Works
Subtitle: -
Thesis: Senior English Honors Thesis, University of Tennessee
Year: 2011
Pages: 47pp.
Language: English
Full Text: Trace: Tennessee Research and Creative Exchange [Free access]

THESIS: Taboo: Martial Rape in Israel and the Occupied Territories

Author: Meghan Warren
Title: Taboo
Subtitle: Martial Rape in Israel and the Occupied Territories
Thesis: M.A. Thesis, Georgetown University
Year: 2011
Pages: v + 61pp.
Language: English
Full Text: DigitalGeorgetown [Free access]

Abstract: »This project seeks to explore why rape as a tool of war has been inconsistently employed by Israeli forces (specifically, the Haganah/Irgun and the Israel Defense Forces) during the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Rape as a tool of war can be used as a means of ethnic cleansing, terrorizing, and weakening the will of the targeted population. It has seen widespread use in ethnic and territorial conflicts similar to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Why has Israel avoided this war tactic, despite allegedly using it in the run-up to the 1948 War of Independence? What events, developments, beliefs or other factors altered its calculus? This project aims to determine some of the factors that correlate with the incidence of martial rape and shed light on how its use can be deterred or prevented. Ultimately, it finds that a highly influential factor deterring martial rape is the professionalization of military forces.« [Source: DigitalGeorgetown]

CFP: Sexuality, Gender, and Race in Religion

Journal: University of Winchester eJournal of Sexuality, Gender, and Race in Religion
Submission deadline for proposals: Unknown

Description: We »are seeking varied submissions exploring the intersectionality of sexuality, gender, and race in religion, especially on topics most often silenced by institutional authority.«

More information: H-Net Announcements

CFP: Justice after Violence: Critical Perspectives from the Western Balkans

Journal: Studies in Social Justice
Guest Editor: Diane Enns
Submission deadline: September 1, 2012

Description: »This issue of Studies in Social Justice will focus on the current status of justice—as a concept and process—in a region dealing with an egregious past and its contradictory legacies. We invite contributions that reflect on justice and its relation to peace and politics in the aftermath of violent conflict in the Western Balkans.«

More information: Center for Studies in Social Justice, University of Windsor

CFP: All Aspects of American Culture

Journal: Studies in American Culture
Editor: Robert L. McDonald
Submission deadline for proposals: Unknown

Description: »Studies in American Culture welcomes the submission of essays on all aspects of American culture, including studies of the literature, language, visual arts, and history of the United States, and from all scholarly and critical approaches.«

More information: CFP website

CFP: Crime and Punishment: Mythologizing the Law

Conference: Film & History Conference on “Film and Myth”
Place: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
Date: September 26-30, 2012
Submission deadline for proposals: June 1, 2012

Description: »This area, comprising multiple panels, will encompass all aspects of the mythological uses of crime and punishment in films and television programs. Papers that explore how such myths are played out in multiple cultures outside the US and UK are especially welcome.«

More information: Film & History

May 5, 2012

ART: Sexuelle Gewalt in Kriegen und bewaffneten Konflikten

Author: Leonhard Birnbacher
Title: Sexuelle Gewalt in Kriegen und bewaffneten Konflikten
Subtitle: -
Journal: Trauma & Gewalt. Forschung und Praxisfelder
Volume: 6
Issue: 2
Year: May 2012
Pages: 108-
ISSN: 1863-7167
Language: German

Abstract: »The article discusses conflict-related sexual violence. The main thrust of the argument is that this kind of violence is not motivated by one single factor (such as rape motivation). There are in fact three different categories of sexual violence in wartime: functional, structural and cultural. It quickly becomes apparent that the actual perpetrators and their individual intentions are not the sole factor conditioning acts of sexual violence. Also operative are wartime conditions, the aims of war, and the »gender« constant specific to the civilisations involved. In addition, cultural mechanisms and strategies seeking to legitimise sexual violence also have an impact on the ongoing occurrence of this form of violence. The violence of war itself, individual motives, cultural legitimisation of violence, and the connections between masculinity, sexuality and aggressiveness thus stand revealed as mutually exacerbating factors favouring the practice of sexual violence in war contexts.« [Source: Trauma & Gewalt]

ART: Vergewaltigungen am Ende des II. Weltkriegs

Authors: Georgia Böwing, Harald J. Freyberger, Philipp Kuwert, and Stefan Georg Schröder
Title: Vergewaltigungen am Ende des II. Weltkriegs
Subtitle: Eine Kasuistik zur PTSD mit verzögertem Beginn und depressiver Komorbidität bei Trauma-Reaktivierung nach diagnostischer Koloskopie
Journal: Trauma & Gewalt. Forschung und Praxisfelder
Volume: 6
Issue: 2
Year: May 2012
Pages: 150-
ISSN: 1863-7167
Language: German

Abstract: »Many psychogeriatic patients are marked by traumatic war experiences. Stressful memories may surface for the first time decades after the event. In the eastern part of Germany acts of violence occurred more frequently at the end of World War II than in the west of the country. Alongside delayed-onset PTSD (posttraumatic stress disorder) these patients are frequently diagnosed with depressive comorbidity. Is this a disorder in its own right, or is it part of a complex instance of PTSD? The case: Subsequent to diagnostic colonoscopy, an 89-year-old patient apparently in the best of mental health was suddenly affected by nightmares and intrusion. Anamnesis revealed that she had been raped on various occasions by members of the Soviet armed forces. PTSD was masked by severe delusional depression with feelings of guilt, sin and nihilistic delusion. Discussion: The investigation of a patient’s medical history invariably calls for consideration of the relevant biographical and social context. In the case of sexually traumatised psychogeriatric patients, the necessity for invasive genital and anal explorations needs to be given close critical scrutiny, and interdisciplinary geriatric and psychogeriatric cooperation is indispensable. Diagnostic classification of delayed-onset PTSD in accordance with ICD is problematic because of the restrictions besetting the classification of psychogeriatric patients. Depressive comorbidity should be encoded separately.« [Source: Trauma & Gewalt]

ART: »Irgendwann (...) werde ich ihm die ganze Wahrheit sagen.«

Authors: Karin Griese and Stefanie Keienburg
Title: »Irgendwann (...) werde ich ihm die ganze Wahrheit sagen.«
Subtitle: Leben mit dem Kind eines Vergewaltigers nach dem Genozid in Ruanda
Journal: Trauma & Gewalt. Forschung und Praxisfelder
Volume: 6
Issue: 2
Year: May 2012
Pages: 156-
ISSN: 1863-7167
Language: German

Abstract: »We now know more than a little about the traumatic consequences of war rapes for the survivors. There is however another problem that has been given scant attention so far. A by no means insignificant number of women who have experienced sexual violence become pregnant and give birth to children fathered by rapists. Little research has yet been done on the consequences for these mothers and their children, and there are few reports about the fate they have undergone. The present article describes the case history of a woman who survived the genocide of the Tutsi population in Rwanda in 1994. Like Natalie S. (name changed), about 75 percent of the female genocide survivors were raped more than once. Between 5,000 and 20,000 children were born out of these rapes, among them Natalie S.’s son Samuel (name changed). Encounters and exchanges with other mothers in the same situation at the »women’s forums« organised by the Rwandan aid organisations KANYARWANDA and SEVOTA have significantly assisted Natalie S. in coming to terms with her experiences and working on the relationship with her son.« [Source: Trauma & Gewalt]

ART: Kinder des Krieges

Author: Sabine Lee
Title: Kinder des Krieges
Subtitle: Vergessene Sekundäropfer einer veränderten Kriegslandschaft im 20. Jahrhundert?
Journal: Trauma & Gewalt. Forschung und Praxisfelder
Volume: 6
Issue: 2
Year: May 2012
Pages: 94-
ISSN: 1863-7167
Language: German

Abstract: »The article outlines the problem of children born out of war in the 20th century. It focuses on four central aspects. (1) Selected conflicts are discussed to cast light on the extremely wide-ranging conflict and life situations forming the background for the conception of children. (2) The author inquires whether and how changing warfare in the 20th century (here notably the increasing incorporation of the civilian population into war strategy and tactics) has an impact on war children and their integration into post-war societies. (3) A number of key problems affecting children of war are addressed to illustrate the ways in which different countries deal with the war-child phenomenon after the conclusion of hostilities. (4) The author argues that the problems affecting the victims as a result of their status as »children of the enemy« are not limited in scope to the children themselves but also have local, regional and major societal consequences in post-war societies. For this reason, more acute understanding of this group of the population is essential to optimise the situation not only of those immediately affected but also of the societies integrating them.« [Source: Trauma & Gewalt]

ART: Peace, Ritual, and Sexual Violence during the Religious Wars

Author: Penny Roberts
Title: Peace, Ritual, and Sexual Violence during the Religious Wars
Subtitle: -
Journal: Past & Present. A Journal of Historical Studies
Volume: Supplement 7
Issue: -
Year: 2012
Pages: 75-99
ISSN: 0031-2746 - eISSN: 1477-464X
Language: English
Full Text: Oxford University Press [Access restricted]

CFP: Gender and Sexuality in Popular Culture

Conference: Northeast Popular Culture Association conference
Place: Saint John Fisher College in Rochester, NY
Date: October 26-27, 2012
Sumbission deadline for proposals: June 1, 2012

Description: »One-page proposals are requested for any topic within the category of gender and sexuality in popular culture ...«

More information: CFP website

CFP: Sexuality/Erotica

Conference: 23rd Annual Conference of the Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association
Place: Pittsburgh, PA
Date: November 1-3, 2012
Sumbission deadline for abstracts: June 15, 2012

Description: »The area of Sexuality and Erotica invites papers that address any aspect of human sexual experience and erotica in any form (literary, artistic -- visual, musical, dance, theatrical, photographic).«

More information: CFP website

April 7, 2012

ART: Teaching Rape in Roman Love Elegy, Part II

Author: Sharon L. James
Title: Teaching Rape in Roman Love Elegy, Part II
Subtitle: -
In: A Companion to Roman Love Elegy
Edited by: Barbara K. Gold
Place: Oxford
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Year: 2012
Pages: 549-557
ISBN-13: 9781444330373
Language: English
Full Text: Wiley Online Library [Restricted access]

ART: How is Rape a Weapon of War?

Author: Paul Kirby
Title: How is Rape a Weapon of War?
Subtitle: Feminist International Relations, Modes of Critical Explanation and the Study of Wartime Sexual Violence
Journal: European Journal of International Relations
Year: 2012
ISSN: 1354-0661 | eISSN: 1460-3713
Language: English
Prepint: SAGE Journals Online [Restricted access]

Abstract: »Rape is a weapon of war. This now common claim reveals wartime sexual violence as a social act marked by gendered power. But this consensus also obscures important, and frequently unacknowledged, differences in ways of understanding and explaining it. This article opens these differences to analysis. It interprets feminist accounts of wartime sexual violence in terms of modes of critical explanation and differentiates three modes – of instrumentality, unreason and mythology – which implicitly structure different understandings of how rape might be a weapon of war. These modes shape political and ethical projects and so impact not only on questions of scholarly content but also on the ways in which we attempt to mitigate and abolish war rape. Exposing these disagreements opens up new possibilities for the analysis of war rape. « [Source: European Journal of International Relations]

ART: Teaching Rape in Roman Elegy, Part I

Author: Genevieve Liveley
Title: Teaching Rape in Roman Elegy, Part I
Subtitle: -
In: A Companion to Roman Love Elegy
Edited by: Barbara K. Gold
Place: Oxford
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Year: 2012
Pages: 541–548
ISBN-13: 9781444330373
Language: English
Full Text: Wiley Online Library [Restricted access]

BOOK: State of Peril

Author: Lucy Valerie Graham
Title: State of Peril
Subtitle: Race and Rape in South African Literature
Place: Oxford
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Year: 2012
Pages: 272pp.
ISBN-10: 0199796378 | ISBN-13: 9780199796373
Language: English

CFP: Feminism or Feminist Scholarship

Journal: MP: An Online Feminist Journal
Editors: Lynda L. Hinkle, Heather McIntosh
Submission deadline: July 31, 2012

Description: »MP: An Online Feminist Journal is seeking submissions for its fall issue. We seek ­scholarly articles, book reviews, and short essays that engage any aspect of feminism or feminist scholarship. ­Interdisciplinary and international submissions are highly encouraged. We recently have ­published ­essays about the body, the academy, religion, girls’ studies, work, activism, and agency.«

More information: MP: An Online Feminist Journal

CFP: Bodies in Popular Culture

Book: Bodies in Popular Culture
Submission deadline for abstracts: May 1, 2012

Description: »Essays on the body in popular culture, the body on stage, the body in media are sought for an essay collection on the body in popular culture.«

More information: CFP website

CFP: War, Culture and Society

Book Series: War, Culture and Society
Series Editor: Stephen McVeigh
Publisher: Continuum
Submission deadline for abstracts: June 30, 2012

Description: »We are seeking volume proposals for a new interdisciplinary series of research monographs which address the interrelated issues of war, culture and society and provide parallel and complementary military historical and socio-cultural investigations of 20th and 21st century war and conflict.«

More information: H-Net Announcements

CFP: Wounded Bodies, Tortured Souls

Conference: Wounded Bodies, Tortured Souls: Narratives of Victorian and Neo-Victorian Trauma
Place: University of Portsmouth
Date: June 14, 2012
Extended submission deadline: April 20, 2012

Description: »This conference seeks to examine the intersection between the physical and psychical representation of trauma in both Victorian and Neo-Victorian literature. It aims to explore the importance of the relationship between the mind and the body, as well as the relationship between Victorian literary representations and neo-Victorian appropriations. We welcome papers examining representations of trauma in Victorian and neo-Victorian fiction, as well as contributions from the fields of literary theory, cultural studies and the visual arts.«

More information: CFP website

CFP: Pain as Emotion; Emotion as Pain

Conference: Pain as Emotion; Emotion as Pain: Perspectives from Modern History
Place: London
Date: October 26, 2012
Submission deadline for abstracts: May 1, 2012

Description: »This one-day conference will approach these questions by focusing broadly on the dynamics of the emotional, cultural and medical history of pain in the modern period. The conference aims to foster discussion on the importance of emotion as it relates to physical pain and on emotions themselves as varieties of pain, among experts working on the history of science/medicine, the history of the body, and the history of emotions, with perspectives from a variety of national contexts.«

More information: Birkbeck Pain Project

CFP: Doctoral Programme on Gender and Law

Programme: UNILU Network of Transnational Doctoral Research 2012 programme
Place: Lucerne, Switzerland
Conference: Intensive Doctoral Training Workshop
Date: June 28-29, 2012
Conference: Transnational Research Colloquium on Gender and Law
Date: November 16-17, 2012
Submission deadline for proposals: May 5, 2012

Description: »The UNILU Network of Transnational Doctoral Research 2012 programme will focus on the timely, complex and challenging topics included in the broader research area of Gender Studies and Law. The programme invites applications on four distinct research clusters: feminist legal theory, gender in relation to social change and development, the interaction of women within the confines of the different areas of public and/or private law and the nexus between women, law and religion.«

More information: H-Net Announcements

CFP: World War II, Nazi Crimes, and the Holocaust in the USSR

Conference: World War II, Nazi Crimes, and the Holocaust in the USSR
Place: Moscow, Russia
Date: December 7-9, 2012
Submission deadline for proposals: May 15, 2012

Description: »In the past decade, three related fields, each interdisciplinary in its own right, have developed exponentially but sometimes in isolation: the study of wartime Stalinism, the study of the Nazi occupation of Soviet territories, and the study of the Holocaust in the East. This conference will bring together the latest research conducted in all humanities and social science disciplines in order to foster new analytical perspectives and cross-fertilization in these and other key areas. The conference seeks to highlight new research in such areas as evacuation, refugees, and displaced persons; atrocities, mass killing, and mass graves; forced and slave labor; the dynamics of complicity, collaboration, and various forms of resistance; everyday life on the front and under occupation; understudied victims; occupier perspectives on the War and the Holocaust, including such acts as the starvation of Soviet POWs, and their contributions to the history of National Socialism; new perspectives on the Soviet wartime experience and the impact of war on the Soviet system; the study of the Soviet home front; Soviet-German interactions and entanglements, both in specific locales and in systemic terms; the cultural politics of representation and commemoration in the aftermath; gender; and communities and identities forged around the unprecedented experiences of war on the Eastern Front in World War II.«

More information: H-Net Announcements

PRIZE: Cromwell Dissertation Prize

Prize: Cromwell Dissertation Prize
Submission deadline: May 31, 2012

Description: »The William Nelson Cromwell Foundation has generously funded a dissertation prize of $2,500. The winning dissertation may focus on any area of American legal history, including constitutional and comparative studies, but topics dealing with the colonial and early national periods will receive some preference. Anyone who received a Ph.D. in 2011 will be eligible for this year's prize.«

More information: H-Net Announcements

PRIZE: Women's History Scotland Essay Prize

Prize: Women's History Scotland Essay Prize
Submission deadline: December 20, 2012

Description: »Women’s History Scotland awards a bi-annual prize of £100 for a new essay in the field of Scottish women's and/or gender history. ... Forms of work that may be submitted include: undergraduate dissertation, postgraduate work (e.g. Masters dissertation or chapter of PhD), a piece of original research by an independent scholar.«

More information: Women’s History Scotland

March 4, 2012

WEBSITE: Glasbrechen e.V.

Description: »Glasbrechen e.V. ist die einzige Organisation, die sich die Aufgabe gestellt hat, die Belange von Opfern pädosexueller Gewalt an der Odenwaldschule wahrzunehmen und gleichzeitig nach Kräften präventiv potentiellen Opfern zu helfen und potentielle pädosexuelle Täter zukünftig von möglichen Taten abzuschrecken.«

Link: Glasbrechen e.V.

CFP: Law and Gender in Nineteenth-Century England

Journal: Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies
Guest Editors: Katherine Gilbert and Julia Chavez
Submission deadline: May 15, 2012

Description: »This special issue of NCGS invites scholars from across the arts and humanities to contribute their work on the intersections between law, gender, femininity, masculinity, and sexuality.«

More information: CFP website

CFP: Sex, Courtship and Marriage in Victorian Literature and Culture

Journal: Victorian Network
Guest Editor: Greta Depledge
Submission deadline: May 30, 2012

Description: »The sixth issue of Victorian Network, ..., is dedicated to a reassessment of nineteenth-century constructions and understandings of sex, courtship and marriage. Although the heteronormative and companionate marriage was vital for economic and reproductive reasons - as well as romantic impulses - recent scholarship has illuminated its status as but one of several diverse paradigms of marriage/sexual relationship accessible to the Victorians
Across the nineteenth century, profound crises of faith, extensive legal reforms and the new insights afforded by the emergent discipline of anthropology all contributed to a culture of introspection about the practice of marriage, at the same time as advances in science and medicine opened up new interpretations and definitions of sexual practices and preferences.«

More information: Victorian Network

CFP: Women, Children, and the Domestic Sphere

Journal: Saber and Scroll Journal
Editor: Candace McGovern
Submission deadline for abstracts: April 1, 2012
Submission deadline for manuscripts: May 1, 2012

Description: »Sponsored by APUS' Saber and Scroll History Club, this edition will accept works on all topics of history, however priority will be given to those topics focusing on the journals theme of Women, Children, and the Domestic Sphere. All historical time periods and geographic regions are welcome provided they address a topic of historical interest.«

More information: Saber and Scroll

CFP: Violence Against Women in Contemporary American Popular Culture

Book: Violence Against Women in Contemporary American Popular Culture
Editor: Kara Mollis
Submission deadline for abstracts: April 1, 2012

Description: »Despite significant political advancements for women in the United States in the twenty-first century as well as important feminist work to combat gender-based violence in recent years, statistics on violence against women continue to be staggering. This edited collection seeks to explore the role that American popular culture plays in this social phenomenon by bringing together analyses of representations of violence against women in various popular cultural texts and practices of the twenty-first century, including but not limited to television, film, music, bestsellers, magazines, blogs, fashion, sports, and cultural movements.«

More information: CFP website or H-Net Announcements

CFP: Nollywood, Women, and Cultural Identity

Conference: International Conference on Nollywood, Women, and Cultural Identity
Place: Makurdi, Nigeria
Date: May 8-11, 2012
Submission deadline for abstracts: March 30, 2012

Description: »Nollywood and its films may have short-changed women, thereby creating not only a lopsided picture of the human resource, but the limitation of women’s participation and contribution to national identity and development. In this regard, the movie industry has a major role in reversing the hitherto challenging issues of exclusive practices, negative portrayal, cultural, and gender stereotypes. ... Possible themes to consider for your individual or panel presentation include, but not limited to, the following:
...
Women and Violence in Nollywood
...
Sexuality in Nollywood Films
...«

More information: CFP website

PRIZE: Cromwell Article Prize

Prize: Cromwell Article Prize for 2012
Submission deadline: May 31, 2012

Description: »The William Nelson Cromwell Foundation has generously funded a prize of $2,500 for an excellent article in American legal history published by an early career scholar in 2011. Articles published in 2011 in the field of American legal history, broadly conceived, will be considered.«

More information: American Society for Legal History

PROJECT: Legal history research projects

Institution: Max-Planck-Institut für europäische Rechtsgeschichte
Submission deadline for applications: March 31, 2012

Description: »The MPIeR promotes excellent legal history research projects with its scholarship programme. In exceptional cases, projects from related fields may be considered as long as these projects can be expected to contribute to progress with regard to legal history research questions.
...
Applications on the following subject areas will be given priority for 2013
* Global circulation and reproduction of legal knowledge in the early modern and modern periods
* History of the relation between judicial and extrajudicial conflict resolution
* Legal history in early modern Latin America

More information: Max-Planck-Institut für europäische Rechtsgeschichte

February 5, 2012

Book: Das Geheimnis unserer Großmütter

Authors: Svenja Eichhorn and Philipp Kuwert
Title: Das Geheimnis unserer Großmütter
Subtitle: Eine empirische Studie über sexualisierte Kriegsgewalt um 1945
Place: Gießen
Publisher: Psychosozial-Verlag
Year: 2011
Pages: 112pp.
ISBN-13: 9783837921311
Series: Forschung Psychosozial
Language: German

February 4, 2012

ART: The absent piece of skin

Author: Nayanika Mookherjee
Title: The absent piece of skin
Subtitle: Gendered, racialized and territorial inscriptions of sexual violence during the Bangladesh war
Journal: Modern Asian studies
Volume: 46
Issue:
Year: 2012
Pages:
ISSN: 0026-749X - eISSN: 1469-8099
Language: English
Full Text: Cambridge University Press [Free preview]

Abstract:
»This paper addresses how the wombs of women and the absent skin on the circumcised penises of men become the predominant sites on which racialized and gendered discourses operating during the Bangladesh War are inscribed. This is explored by examining instances of sexual violence by Pakistani soldiers and their local Bengali collaborators. The prevalence of these discourses in colonial documents about the Bengali Muslims underscores the role of history, the politics of identity and in the process, establishes its link with the rapes of Bangladeshi women and men. Through this, the relationship between sexual violence and historical contexts is highlighted. I locate the accounts of male violations by the West Pakistani army within the historical and colonial discourses relating to the construction of the Bengali Muslim and its intertextual, contemporary citational references in photographs and interviews.
I draw on Judith Butler's and Marilyn Strathern's work on gendering and performativity to address the citational role of various practices of discourses of gender and race within colonial documents and its application in a newer context of colonization and sexual violence of women and men during wars. The role of photographs and image-making is intrinsic to these practices. The open semiotic of the photographs allows an exploration of the territorial identities within these images and leads to traces of the silence relating to male violations. Through an examination of the silence surrounding male sexual violence vis-à-vis the emphasis on the rape of women in independent Bangladesh, it is argued that these racialized and gendered discourses are intricately associated to the link between sexuality and the state in relation to masculinity.« [Source: Modern Asian studies]

BOOK: Viols en temps de guerre

Editors: Raphaëlle Branche, Fabrice Virgil, and Isabelle Delpla
Title: Viols en temps de guerre
Subtitle: -
Place: Paris
Publisher: Payot
Year: 2011
Pages: 270pp.
ISBN-13: 9782228907033
Language: French

BOOK: Sexual violence and rape in the Middle Ages

Author: Albrecht Classen
Title: Sexual violence and rape in the Middle Ages
Subtitle: A critical discourse in premodern German and European literature
Place: Berlin
Publisher: de Gruyter
Year: 2011
Pages: vi + 272pp.
Series: Fundamentals of medieval and early modern culture 7
ISBN-13: 9783110263374
Language: English

THESIS: Rape and the feminine response in early modern England and several Shakespearean works

Author: David Alexander Bernard
Title: Rape and the feminine response in early modern England and several Shakespearean works
Subtitle: -
Thesis: Senior English Honors Thesis, University of Tennessee
Year: 2011
Pages: 47pp.
Language: English
Full Text: University of Tennessee Honors Thesis Project [Free access]

THESIS: John Dryden: The Old Lion in 1700

Author: Winifred Watkons Ernst
Title: John Dryden
Subtitle: The Old Lion in 1700
Thesis: Disseration, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Year: 2011
Pages: 222pp.
Language: English
Full Text: PQDT Open [Free access]

Abstract:
»Poetry and politics were important to Dryden throughout his career. They are no less important to Fables and The Secular Masque. My dissertation explores the idea that Fables involves an earnest, if covert, appraisal of both the merits and the flaws of William and Mary, as well as a reappraisal of the strengths and weaknesses of the monarchs before them, including all of the Stuarts in relation to the legendary Plantagenets. In assessing the connections and evaluating the careers of past and present monarchs, Dryden draws on several themes, particularly the tensions between family and individual, love and war, persuasion and force, involvement and detachment, and ultimately the historical versus the personal. And throughout, he is aware of the analogy between the ordering art of the poet (or narrator) and that of the King.
In the first chapter, I begin with Palamon and Arcite and The Secular Masque. The traits of an ideal king traditionally have been expressed in terms of concordia discors and the balance between Mars and Venus. Edward III is an ideal king in English culture, as Theseus is in Palamon and Arcite. The satirical epilogue The Secular Masque touches on the failures of subsequent English monarchs. Chapter Two focuses on a related pattern involving persuasion (Venus) and force (Mars), which is explored further through marriage (persuasion) and rape (force). These symbols have political significance: James I and Robert Filmer codified the typical views in the 1660s regarding the state as a family, and rape was a common image for usurpation. Finally, Dryden's genius in Fables lies in the artist's eye that perceives large historical patterns, but remains acutely aware of the individual characters that are part of those patterns. Chapter Three explores this aspect of Dryden's poetry in 1700.
I suggest that Dryden's loss of political favor has not handicapped the urbane wisdom that is his signature. However, despite his ability to provide his readers with dispassionate yet committed patterns of both kingship and poetry, it isn't clear whether or not Dryden feels that he himself has achieved such an ideal.« [Source: PQDT Open]

THESIS: Darwin's other idea

Author: Robert S. Moschgat
Title: Darwin's other idea
Subtitle: Sexual selection, gender and violence
Thesis: Dissertation, State University of New York at Albany
Year: 2011
Pages: 116pp.
Language: English
Full Text: PQDT Open [Free access]

Abstract: »This dissertation provides an empirical exploration of Darwin's theory of sexual selection, which views the male propensity to engage in short term mating strategies--sexual promiscuity and violence--as the result of sexual selection. Within an environmental context, biological father and mother household presence are expected to inhibit the initiation of short-term mating strategies and increase parental investment--paternal and maternal attachments, supervision, and protection. Whereas, structural disadvantage--living in poverty and in dangerous neighborhoods--is predicted to increase the initiation of a short-term mating strategies and compromise the parents' ability to protect their children and by weakening paternal and maternal attachments, thereby increasing the likelihood of adopting short-term mating strategies. Data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health's Public Use home interviews (n=4834) were used to examine illustrative hypotheses. The household presence of the biological mother and father were found to inhibit the initiation of short-term mating strategies and increase parental investment. Controlling for initial involvement in sexual promiscuity and violence, violent males and victimized females were more likely to be involved in subsequent sexual promiscuity.« [Source: PQDT Open]