Joanna Bourke

Book Review - The Fear of Child Sexuality: Young People, Sex, and Agency

Publications
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In this post, Prof Joanna Bourke reviews Steven Angelides's recently published book, The Fear of Child Sexuality: Young People, Sex, and Agency.

Trauma, Body, and Mind: Forensic Medicine in Nineteenth-Century Dutch Rape Cases

In this 2013 article, published in the Journal of the History of Sexuality, Willemijn Ruberg explores rape trauma in nineteenth-century Holland.   Willemijn Ruberg 'Trauma, Body,...

Sexual assault as trauma: a Foucauldian examination of knowledge practices in the field of sexual assault service provision

In this article published in 2016 in Feminist Review, Suzanne Egan explores the diverse uses made of psychological trauma by sexual assault services.   Suzanne...

Children in the care of Nottinghamshire Councils Investigation

This report, commissioned and published in July 2019 by the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA), was the result of one of three investigations...

The London Rape Review

In July 2019, The London Rape Review was published by the Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC). The research was a collaboration between MOPAC...

A 'Digital Strip Search'

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Our Principal Investigator, Joanna Bourke, weighs in on the implications of new 'digital strip search' practices for victims' privacy, as well as rape reportage rates, case processing timescales, and rape conviction rates.

Book Review - The Technoscientific Witness of Rape: Contentious Histories of Law, Feminism, and Forensic Science

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In this post, Prof Joanna Bourke reviews Andrea Quinlan's 2017 book, The Technoscientific Witness of Rape: Contentious Histories of Law, Feminism, and Forensic Science.

Sexual Harms + Medical Encounters

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Professor Joanna Bourke is the Principal Investigator for Sexual Harms + Medical Encounters, a five-year Wellcome Trust-funded interdisciplinary research group based at Birkbeck, University of London. In this inaugural post, Joanna discusses what motivated her return to studying sexual violence.

The Rise and Rise of Sexual Violence

In this article published in 2018 in Historical Reflections/Reflexions Historiques, Joanna Bourke reviews and examines key shortcomings in Steven Pinker's work from 2011, The Better Angels of...

Sexual Violence, Marital Guidance, and Victorian Bodies: An Aesthesiology

In this 2008 article published in the journal Victorian Studies, Joanna Bourke examines some of the emotional rules, encoded in grammars of representation and framed within...

Police Surgeons and Victims of Rape: Cultures of Harm and Care

This article was published in a Special Issue of the journal Social History of Medicine in 2018 and explores the dual professional responsibilities of police...

Sexual Violence, Bodily Pain, and Trauma

This article, published in the journal Theory, Culture, and Society in 2012 explores the trope of 'psychological trauma' and asks at what point in history did...

Sexed Bodies (Rape: A History from the 1890s to the Present)

In the opening chapter of her book, Rape: A History from the 1890s to the Present, Joanna Bourke poses the central question driving this work: 'why...

A Global History of the Medical and Psychiatric Aspects of Sexual Violence

Medicine and psychiatry have been influential in the understanding and experience of sexual violence. Professor Joanna Bourke's project explores broad trends from perspectives that are both global and local (in UK, US, Australia, and New Zealand).