Please note that in light of the developing situation with COVID-19, we have taken the decision to postpone this symposium.
Anyone who has already registered will of course be reimbursed. Please direct any queries to Ms Rhea Sookdeosingh at email@example.com.
We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. We are very much looking forward to rescheduling in the future and we do hope you will join us then.
16-17 April 2020
SHaME and the Centre for the Study of Violence, University of Newcastle (Australia) are holding an international, interdisciplinary symposium to explore the relationship between Medicine, Psychiatry, and Sexual Violence.
16-17 April 2020
Held at the Centre for the Study of Violence
University of Newcastle, NSW, Australia
Sameena Mulla, Marquette University, author of The Violence of Care (2014)
Andrea Quinlan, University of Waterloo, author The Technoscientific Witness of Rape (2017)
Joanna Bourke, Birkbeck, University of London, author of Rape: A History from 1860 to the present (2007)
This symposium will explore the role of medical professionals in debates about sexual violence. Police doctors and forensic medical examiners, GPs, gynaecologists, surgeons, nurses, midwives, prison surgeons, psychiatrists, and therapists working in all forms of institutional and community settings have been influential agents in the interpretation, medicalisation, and adjudication of sexual attacks. This is an important time to investigate the relationship between medical professionals and sexual violence. Scandals around medical and psychiatric responses to sexual abuse emerge on a regular basis (viz. Nauru detention camp; the abuse of people in psychiatric wards, prison, and detention camps; failures to send the biological samples from ‘rape kits’ for forensic examination; complaints about medical examinations; popular anxieties about the medical treatment and rehabilitation of violent offenders). The symposium seeks to promote human health through providing insights into the role of medicine and psychiatry in understanding sexual violence.
REGISTRATION AND TRAVEL INFORMATION:
Registration is now open for the symposium.
Registration fees are AUD 60 and AUD 30 for students/unwaged.
RSVPs should be directed to Dr Elizabeth Roberts-Pedersen at firstname.lastname@example.org.