Dr Fiona Vera-Gray (Durham University) and Dr. Bianca Fileborn (LaTrobe University) are two of the few academics globally focused on the issue of ‘street harassment’. This CRiVA symposium brings the two together to discuss their work on the embodied impacts of intrusion (Vera-Gray), and the possibilities for justice (Fileborn).
Fiona’s work applies a phenomenological perspective to the issue of what she terms ‘men’s stranger intrusions’. Such a perspective enables an exploration of the embodied impacts of harassment. Her discussion will centre on these impacts and women’s responses, and explore the possiblities of feminist self-defence in attempts to combat the habitual mode of alienated embodiment encouraged by intrusion. The event will launch Dr. Vera-Gray’s recently published book, Men’s Intrusion, Women’s Embodiment: A critical analysis of street harassment (Routledge, 2017), the first ever philosophical exploration of street harassment, and the only academic monograph focused on the experience of women in the UK.
Bianca’s work examines assemblages of identity, culture, place/space, and violence. Her recent work has been concerned with examining street harassment victims’ experiences, impacts, and desired justice responses. This symposium will present for the first time Dr. Fileborn’s work on the possibilities and promises of both formal and alternative justice frameworks for targets of street harassment, as well as launching her new book Reclaiming the night-time economy: unwanted sexual attention in pubs and clubs (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016). Drawing on findings from her recent research undertaken in Melbourne, Australia, she will explore street harassment victims’ understandings of justice, their desired justice responses to street harassment, and their experiences of engaging with both formal and informal justice mechanisms. Her research presents important implications for the development of victim-centred justice responses to street harassment.
The event will also mark the launch of the International Network on Public Sexual Harassment (INPSH), based at Durham Law School. The network is the first of its kind to bring together academics, activists, researchers, and specialist women’s organisations from around the world who are involved in ending the sexual harassment of women in public spaces. It aims to enable better coordination and collaboration, as well as share research and policy-change on the public sexual harassment of women.
All are welcome, the event is free to attend and refreshments will be provided, however pleasure ensure you book a place using this page.