Bloomsbury Festival celebrates contemporary Bloomsbury; a hotbed of creativity and pioneering development which has one of the youngest and most diverse populations in the country. Through connection and production Bloomsbury Festival amplifies creative development and engagement in the community and provides opportunities for practitioners of all genres to enrich their creative practice.
Working with partners from across Bloomsbury’s diverse academic, professional and resident community, Bloomsbury Festival 2020 takes place from Friday 16 – Sunday 25 October with a programme of digital, live and socially distanced events. The Festival theme of Vision will act as a catalyst to a wide spectrum of events and the 2020 programme will turn Bloomsbury inside out, making visible the parts and people rarely seen.
SHaME researchers are very pleased to support Bloomsbury Festival’s work and we are presenting two events at this year’s Festival. Responding to the themes of ‘visions of the future’ and ‘invisibility/visibility’, our events will prompt important conversations about the future of responses to sexual violence.
Our postdoctoral researcher Dr Ruth Beecher is presenting ‘The Betrayed Girls’ – Film Screening & Panel Discussion. Led by a panel including Ruth, consultant community paediatrician Dr Deborah Hodes, director working with young people’s services Bose Onaboye, historian Dr Sarah Marks, and the film’s acclaimed director Henry Singer, this event will bring together academics, activists and practitioners to explore visions of a future in which we can better respond to what children disclose about sexual abuse.
The Betrayed Girls screening takes place Wednesday 21 October from 6.30-9.30pm online.
For more information about this event and to register to attend, please visit Bloomsbury Festival’s website: https://bloomsburyfestival.org.uk/event/the-betrayed-girls-film-screening-panel-discussion/
Postdoctoral researcher Dr Stephanie Wright and PhD Candidate Emma Yapp are presenting Podcast Listening Party – Consent: What’s missing from the conversation? Joined by Dr Tanya Serisier (Birkbeck School of Law), author and activist Winnie M Li (London School of Economics), and black feminist and global health masters student Sarah Lasoye, the panel will lead the audience in listening to a curated playlist of podcast excerpts, followed by a discussion on “consent” – how it’s been viewed in the past, how we think about it now, and the future of consent in a post-#metoo world. In many cases, consent has been misinterpreted and manipulated by individuals and communities alike – this conversation will look at what’s missing from the conversation and try to make it less ambiguous to all.
The Podcast Listening Party takes place Tuesday 20 October from 6.30-8.30pm online.
For more information about this event and to register to attend, please visit Bloomsbury Festival’s website:
As a research group SHaME are committed to confronting and dismantling the shame and other harms surrounding sexual violence and using our research to contribute to the fight to end sexual violence.
We hope you will join us in these important conversations at Bloomsbury Festival…and beyond.