Dr. Sreeparna Chattopadhyay is an Indian researcher, temporarily based in the Netherlands. She's currently building a course commissioned by the WHO on Gender, Intersectionality and Health Systems. She has an M.A. and Ph.D. from the Department of Anthropology and the Population Studies Training Centre at Brown University and a B.A. in Economics (Honours) from St. Xavier’s College, Bombay. Her research in the last fifteen years has focused on the ways in which gender disadvantages interact with socioeconomic inequities, shaping women’s life trajectories including impacts on health, education and exposure to violence. Her work has been supported by the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, the National Science Foundation and the Mellon Foundation. In 2018, she was invited to present her research in a seminar on marital rape organized by the School for Advanced Research, Santa Fe, sponsored by the Vera Campbell Foundation. Her research has been published in several reputed international and national journals and has also been covered by the national press in India, as well as internationally by the BBC. Beyond traditional academia, Sreeparna has experience working in research and policy for the government and for non-profit organisations in India and abroad and writes often for the popular media. In this conversation, we spoke about Sreeparna's research on sexual coercion and rape in marriage, specifically about health systems' response to marital rape in India and more broadly sexual coercion and gendered violence in India. Research Discussed: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/326424001_The_Responses_of_Health_Systems_to_Marital_Sexual_Violence_-_A_Perspective_from_Southern_India.
Dr. Alison Phipps is a Professor of Gender Studies at the University of Sussex. She has previously been Director of Gender Studies and Equality and Diversity Chair for the School of Law, Politics and Sociology at Sussex and is currently Research and Impact Lead for the Sociology department. Alison advised National Union of Students (UK) on the groundbreaking 2010 Hidden Marks survey, the first prevalence study of violence against women students and co-authored That's What She Said, the 2013 report on women students' experiences of 'lad culture'. In this conversation, we spoke about Hidden Marks and That's What She Said. We also spoke about tackling lad culture, how it interacts with rape culture and Alison's new book about political whiteness in feminist movements- Me Not You: The Trouble With Mainstream Feminism. Me Not You Research Discussed: Phipps, Alison (2019) The fight against sexual violence. Soundings: A Journal of Politics and Culture, 71. pp. 62-74. ISSN 1362-6620 Phipps, Alison (2016) (Re)theorising laddish masculinities in higher education. Gender and Education, 29 (7). pp. 815-830. ISSN 1360-0516 Phipps, Alison and Young, Isabel (2015) 'Lad culture' in higher education: agency in the sexualisation debates. Sexualities, 18 (4). pp. 459-479. ISSN 1363-4607 Phipps, Alison and Young, Isabel (2013) That's what she said: women students' experiences of 'lad culture' in higher education. Project Report. National Union of Students, London. https://www.nus.org.uk/Global/NUS_hidden_marks_report_2nd_edition_web.pdf