(Re)Connecting on Gender-Based Violence

(Re)Connecting on Gender-Based Violence

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Online attendance for the (Re)Connecting on Gender Based Violence Conference.

About this event

(Online Attendance Only)

The time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic has been challenging for all of us, both professionally and personally. The pandemic and associated lockdowns, alongside other key events, such as the 2020 Black Lives Matter protests and the murders of Sarah Everard and Sabina Nessa and other women all around the world, have brought important questions to the fore about violence, care and the state. Many of us have found ourselves isolated, grappling with these questions, and wondering if the ways that we have conceptualised GBV and attempted to tackle it are fit for purpose.

In response to this, the LEX and VAWG Research Networks invite you to connect and reconnect with fellow researchers working around the issue of gender-based violence. Our purpose is to offer a forum to imagine alternatives based on your recent research activity. Primarily, this is an opportunity for us to discuss and share our recent research findings since the onset of the pandemic. We offer a platform to support each other in what can be a very bruising environment both personally and professionally. In the spirit of mutual support and inspiration, we welcome PGRs and ECRs!

Papers presented will be from the frontiers of GBV scholarship, with particular attention to silenced/marginalised voices (both in terms of researchers and those whose lives we research), and on building alternative ways of addressing GBV in different contexts.

Papers need not directly address the impact of Covid-19 on GBV, but will explore topics such as:

➔Building justice and equality in multilevel ways, including outside the state;

➔Imagining alternative and more effective/sustainable routes to ending GBV;

➔Challenges for the GBV ‘sector’ in the current context and how to overcome these;

➔New theoretical approaches to research and practice;

➔New areas of research interest and

➔Opportunities for collaboration across different issues and positionalities in GBV research.

About the Workshop

This 1.5-day workshop will provide a supportive and inclusive environment that we intend to enable colleagues to (re)engage with one another about our research, hopes and fears after a challenging year of reflection, disruption and loss.

The keynote address on the first evening will be by Dr Tina Sikka, whose book Sex, Consent and Justice envisions new ways of tackling gender-based violence. This will set the scene for a day of productive and collaborative discussions around ways forward for research in this area.

You must be a member of either the LEX or VAWGRN to submit an abstract and attend the event.


16:30 - 18:00 Keynote Address

Dr Tina Sikka, Newcastle University

Transformative Justice in Sexual Violence

In conversation with Prof Anna Carline, University of Liverpool


09:45 – 10:00 Welcome

10:00 - 11:30 Panel Sessions 1 & 2

11:30 - 12:00 Break

12:00 - 13:30 Panel Sessions 3 & 4

13:30 - 14:30 Lunch Break

14:30 - 16:00 Panel Sessions 5 & 6

16:00 - 16:45 Roundtable (Concluding Thoughts)

Please note that online spaces are limited to 20 persons. Attendance will also be limited to the keynote address, the roundtable and panel sessions 1, 3 and 5.