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Members of SHaME and invited guests reflect on current events, their research, recent conferences, ethical dilemmas, and other items of interest.

Sexual Harms + Medical Encounters

General
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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.
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Spotlight On: Prof Aisha K Gill CBE

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In this edition of Spotlight On, SHaME's Principal Investigator Prof Joanna Bourke interviews Prof Aisha K Gill CBE from the University of Roehampton.

Writing, Researching, and Surviving Sexual Trauma: A Creative Response

Public Engagement
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On 26 May 2021, SHaME closed its Writer in Residence Programme with Winnie M Li with a public panel and creative performance event with poet Clare Shaw, SHaME academics Professor Joanna Bourke and Dr Ruth Beecher, and our Writer in Residence Winnie M Li.

Literature and Sexual Trauma: Authors Writing Their Lived Experience

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On 14 April 2021, SHaME continued its Writer in Residence Programme with a public event featuring a distinguished panel of award-winning authors who spoke about transforming their own lived experiences of sexual violence into different forms of literature. Our guests were graphic writer Una, philosopher and memoirist Susan J. Brison and poet Shivanee Ramlochan.

Shameless! Moving towards a rape free world

Public Engagement
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On 08 March 2021, our academic lead, Professor Joanna Bourke, joined Jude Kelly, Marai Larasi and Winnie M Li to talk about creating a 'rape-free world' during WOW UK Festival 2021's International Women's Day programming.

Sexual Violence, Medicine, and Psychiatry Symposium

Conferences
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SHaME is holding an online international, interdisciplinary academic symposium to explore the relationship between Medicine, Psychiatry, and Sexual Violence.
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Spotlight On: Dr Gethin Rees

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In this edition of Spotlight On, SHaME's Principal Investigator Prof Joanna Bourke interviews Dr Gethin Rees from Newcastle University.

Sexual Violence and Criminal Justice: Approaches in Psychology, History, and Literature

Public Engagement
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SHaME launched its Writer in Residence Programme with a special In Conversation Event with Professor Amina Memon, Writer in Residence Winnie M Li, and SHaME Principal Investigator Professor Joanna Bourke.
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Spotlight On: Sarah Lasoye

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In this episode of 'Spotlight On', SHaME postdoctoral researcher Dr Stephanie Wright speaks to Sarah Lasoye, black feminist, poet, and former Women's Officer for the National Union of Students (NUS).
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Spotlight On: Marai Larasi

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In this edition of Spotlight On, SHaME's Principal Investigator Prof Joanna Bourke interviews Marai Larasi, 'rock star' feminist activist and College Fellow of Birkbeck, University of London.

SHaME x Winnie M Li

Public Engagement
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SHaME welcomes author and activist Winnie M Li for a Writer In Residence Programme taking place online across March - May 2021.
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Spotlight On: Professor Avtar Brah

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In this edition of Spotlight On, SHaME's Principal Investigator Prof Joanna Bourke interviews Prof Avtar Brah, Emeritus Professor of Sociology at Birkbeck, University of London.
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Spotlight On: Dr Ángel Alcalde

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In this installment of 'Spotlight On', SHaME postdoctoral researcher Dr Stephanie Wright, speaks to Dr Ángel Alcalde (University of Melbourne) about his work on sexual violence during the Spanish Civil War and Francoist dictatorship.
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Spotlight On: Dr Dimitra Vassiliadou

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In this edition of Spotlight On, SHaME's Principal Investigator Prof Joanna Bourke interviews Dr Dimitra Vassiliadou from the Hellenic Open University in Greece.
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Spotlight On: Ian Warwick Blair, The Lord Blair of Boughton QPM

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In this edition of Spotlight On, SHaME's Principal Investigator Prof Joanna Bourke interviews Ian Warwick Blair, The Lord Blair of Boughton QPM.
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Spotlight On: Dr Sameena Mulla

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In this edition of Spotlight On, SHaME's Principal Investigator Prof Joanna Bourke interviews Dr Sameena Mulla from Marquette University in Wisconsin.
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Spotlight On: Dr Elizabeth Roberts-Pedersen

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In this edition of Spotlight On, SHaME's Principal Investigator Prof Joanna Bourke interviews Dr Elizabeth Roberts-Pedersen from the University of Newcastle in Australia.
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Domestic Violence, Firearms, and Covid-19

Current Affairs
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Prof Joanna Bourke, SHaME's Principal Investigator, highlights how a rise in domestic firearms sales in the US is exposing girls, women and other minoritised groups to increased domestic violence during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Domestic Violence during the 1918-1920 Pandemic

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In this post, Prof Joanna Bourke, SHaME's project lead, explores the history of domestic violence and pandemics by looking at the case of the 1918-1920 Spanish Flu.