Sexual Violence, Medicine, and Psychiatry
***This event has been cancelled due to COVID-19 travel restrictions affecting the availability of international speakers. We hope to reschedule the symposium and masterclasses at a later date.***
NewSpace, University of Newcastle, 16-17 April 2020
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.
Professor of History at Birkbeck (University of London) as well as Global Innovation Chair at the University of Newcastle (NSW). She is PI for a Wellcome Trust funded project entitled ‘Sexual Harms and Medical Encounters’ (SH+ME)
Founding director of the Centre for the Study of Violence, University of Newcastle, NSW
Confirmed keynote speakers
- Associate Professor Sameena Mulla, Milwaukee, author of The Violence of Care (2014)
- Professor Joanna Bourke, Birkbeck, author of Rape: A History from 1860 to the present (2007)
- Assistant Professor Andrea Quinlan, Toronto, author The Technoscientific Witness of Rape (2017)
The ‘Sexual Violence, Medicine, and Psychiatry’ symposium is indebted to the support of the Wellcome Trust and the Centre for the Study of Violence (University of Newcastle).