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November 13, 2007

1st North East Conference on Sexual Violence

The first of a series of annual conferences in recognition of the
International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

Monday 26th November 2007
9.30am – 4.30pm
The Penthouse suite
Collingwood College
Durham University

Confirmed sessions include:
• Setting the context: current issues relating to sexual violence – Angie Conroy (Rape Crisis National Policy Officer)
• ‘Why Women?’ – Film and presentation by Kiran Dhami (Women’s Resource Centre)
• How to set up a Sexual Violence Forum – Professor Jill Radford (Teesside University)
• Can the criminal justice system be ‘victim-centered’? – Two views and discussion by Dr Matthew Hall (University of Sheffield) and Dr Nicole Westmarland (Durham University and Rape Crisis)
• The Same but Different? Domestic and Sexual Violence – Panel discussion chaired by Cullagh Warnock (Northern Rock Foundation)

Who should attend: Statutory and voluntary sector professionals working with client groups who have experienced sexual violence, especially those responsible for implementation of the Sexual Violence Action Plan; volunteers; academics; professionals working with other forms of violence against women who want to learn more about sexual
violence; youth workers; members of Crime Reduction Partnerships; healthcare professionals including GPs, midwifes and school nurses; criminal justice professionals including police and Crown Prosecution Service.

Organised by School of Applied Social Sciences, Durham University on behalf of Tyneside Rape Crisis, Darlington & Co. Durham Rape Crisis and Redcar & Cleveland Rape Crisis.

For a booking form, please contact:

Violence, Bodies, Selves: A UK Conference

Violence, Bodies, Selves: Feminist Engagements in International Politics
University of Manchester
23 May 2008

In celebration of the 20th Anniversary of Gender & IR in Britain this workshop aims to bring together scholars and practitioners from a variety of disciplines and organisations to discuss the multitude of violent practices in international politics and how these practices operate on particular bodies. We aim to explore the ways in which feminist theories of international politics have (re)conceptualised and challenged dominant categories in the field, such as war, conflict and peace. In particular, the workshop will seek to think through how the rendering of particular gendered subjectivities make possible particular violent practices in international politics. In so doing, participants will be encouraged to reflect on feminist political and philosophical interventions in the field over the past twenty years and how these interventions are valuable and can make a difference in thinking through our contemporary contexts.

Considering the pervasiveness of violence in the practices of international politics, Violence, Bodies, Selves asks participants to share their work on gender and violence in order to consider the affects/effects on who we are, and importantly, on who we may become, in the world we live in. Potential questions to explore in thinking through the theme, Violence, Bodies, Selves are:

How have feminist scholars fundamentally shifted the terrain of debate on practices of violence?
• How have bodies-in-violence and bodies-of-violence been rethought by feminist scholars?
• Do academic analytic categories produce obstacles to understanding the production of violence?

The workshop will be open to academics (we especially welcome postgraduates), researchers, painters, photographers, poets, and activists. We are especially keen to work with ‘art’ and ‘artists’ (widely conceived). We follow Picasso in his view that, ‘painting is not done to decorate apartments. It is an instrument of war against brutality and darkness’. We want to explore what role ‘art’ performs/plays in relation to understanding international violence.

Keynote Speaker: Christine Sylvester (Lancaster University)
Film Screening: Cynthia Weber (Lancaster University)
Art Exhibit: John Keane

Please send abstracts to Cristina Masters at The deadline for submission is December 15, 2007.

Holding the Unwanted: A Talk on Women's Trafficking

This event looks really interesting, if anyone can make it?



(University of Warwick)

Holding the unwanted: is there a place in gender studies for a psychodynamic approach towards women’s trafficking?

Wednesday 21st November, 5pm


All welcome

ABSTRACT: Holding the unwanted: is there a place in gender studies for a psychodynamic approach towards women's trafficking?

Milena Stateva[1]

'You have left me alone, all in tears - you are heartless!' This text message sent by a trafficker to his ex-victim in an attempt to bring her back and one that has recently been publicly presented by a representative of the Danish persecution office is the starting point of the proposed paper. It illustrates that more and more often traffickers' strategy to subdue and exploit their victims is not brutal violence. Rather, it can be argued that traffickers nowadays predominantly use – consciously or unconsciously - societal incapacity in both countries of origin and those of destination to emotionally hold those who feel unwanted and unwantable. Exploring such an approach towards victimhood and agency, the paper challenges the predominant in gender studies portrayal of voiceless children and powerless women caught in a trap of violence and exploitation behind human trafficking. Is this a line that worth to be in pursuit of when informing prevention and reintegration policies?

[1] Milena Stateva a PhD candidate at the University of Warwick (UK) and coordinates a programme for development of service providers working with survivors of trafficking run by “Animus Association” Foundation (Bulgaria).


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