The Wellcome Collection, London
Monday 14 September 2015
The publication of the article ‘The Geographies that Wound’ (Chris Philo, 2005) brought attention to the interlaced geographies that create vulnerabilities for certain bodies, in certain places, over others. Ten years on, the workshop will revisit the theme of wounds and wounding with a specific focus on violence against women and girls (VAWG) – a human rights abuse often described as one of the starkest collective failures of the international community in the 21st century. While in geography the wounded body has been examined in relation to the geopolitics of conflict, asylum and garment-work (as notable but not exhaustive examples), the workshop looks to extend and deepen scholarship on precarious corporealities to lived experiences of VAWG. It also aims to counterbalance the onus in geography on war-related violence to generate greater awareness of the everyday spaces of VAWG within, but also critically beyond, (inter-) national landscapes of conflict and militarism. Bringing together geographers and inter-disciplinary speakers, the workshop aims to explore the characteristics and dynamics of the entangled spaces and scales that render women’s and girls’ bodies the place of physical and psychological harm. It will also consider the ‘treatment’ and healing of wounds through different means, a range of spaces and temporalities, and with varying outcomes.
To this end, papers might include, but are not limited to:
Everyday spaces of wounding – e.g. the home, cyber space etc.
Spaces of ‘safety’ and ‘safe-making’ –e.g. panic rooms, refuges, women’s shelters, one-stop centres, schools, Safe Space benches and rooms etc.
Techniques of wounding – e.g. the tactics and motivations of individual and group perpetrators, the state.
The claiming, denial, ascription, enactment and rejection of responsibility and blame for the wound – e.g. victim-blaming.
The authority and regulation of looking at and reporting VAWG – e.g. body camera recording by police.
The temporality and matter of the body– e.g. changes in the fleshy materiality of the body, injuries, trauma and memory.
Memorializing victims of VAWG.
Mediatisation of VAWG.
Transnational movements, campaigns and platforms e.g. UN ‘International Days’, 1 Billion Rising etc.
Resistive bodies that speak and fight back.
Representing pain and the wound – e.g. Bringing private pain into public articulation through advocacy art and poetry.
Researching voices of the wounded – e.g. participatory action research, storytelling, and research ethics.
‘Wound-managers’ e.g. professional, lay, national, and local actors in the institutional realm
Legislating the wound e.g. international human rights law, national law, customary law.
The design and use of information and communication technologies (ICT) as self-defence and self-reporting instruments e.g. mobile technology
It marks the end of a three-year study on domestic violence and legal reform led by Katherine Brickell and joint funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and Department for International Development (DFID).
Please submit proposals, including title, abstract (200-300 words) and a brief
biographical statement (100 words) by 29 May 2015 to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Participants will be notified of acceptance by 26 June 2015.