Blog

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.

Trauma, Neuroscience and Feminist Practice

Research
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Dr Suzanne Egan, Research Associate at the University of Sydney's School of Education and Social Work, discusses the role that neuroscience can play in feminist theory and practice related to sexual violence and trauma.

'In Plain Sight' Book Launch

Publications
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Dr Kirsten Campbell, Reader in Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London, discusses why the recent publication, 'In Plain Sight: Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict' is an important and timely contribution to research on conflict-related sexual violence.

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.

Children in the Care of Nottinghamshire Councils

Commentary
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Post-doctoral fellow, Dr Ruth Beecher, and our Principal Investigator, Prof Joanna Bourke, discuss the findings of IICSA's July 2019 report, 'Children in the care of the Nottinghamshire Councils'.

A 'Digital Strip Search'

Commentary
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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.

Sensitive Sources in Different Jurisdictions

Research
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Post-doctoral fellow, Dr Ruth Beecher, reviews a 'Sensitive Sources' seminar organised by Dr Louise Hide and Dr Anne Hanley addressing the challenges of working with sources in different jurisdictions and regions.

A Voyage Into the Unknown...Working with Academics

Public Engagement
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TV Producer and Director, James Gray, shares his reflections on working with academics and moving from 'Imposter Syndrome' to finding common ground through a shared interest in engaging with people and their stories.

Silence and shame, ethics and the living

Research
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PhD student, Adeline Moussion explores questions of when and how silences resulting from shame can be used as data. This blog post is part two of a series on Ethics and Historical Research Practices.

Research as a social activity – the first six months

Public Engagement
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Post-doctoral fellow, Dr Ruth Beecher, discusses her transition from local government back into academia, and the crucial role non-academic practitioners have played in guiding her early research plans.

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

Research
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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.

Anonymity, Ethics, the Dead and the Psychiatric Historian

Research
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PhD student, Cora Salkovskis, explores the historian's ethical responsibilities and duty of care to the historical actors whose stories they uncover. This blog post is part one of a series on Ethics and Historical Research Practices.