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Dr Sreeparna Chattopadhyay: Sexual Coercion & Rape in Marriage

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 Stephen Burrell: Engaging Men in Preventing Men's Violence Against Women

Dr Stephen Burrell is an Assistant Professor (Research) in the Department of Sociology at Durham University. He completed his PhD on engaging men and boys in the prevention of men's violence against women in England in the Department of Sociology at Durham University in 2019. He is now undertaking an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Department. This is building on his PhD research by exploring opportunities for the business sector to contribute to preventing violence against women and encouraging men and boys to play a role in such efforts. In this conversation, we spoke about Stephen's work exploring the history of men's involvement with feminist movements focused at ending men's violence against women, the importance and risks of engaging men in these movements and what we can all do to challenge inequalities. Stephen also explained strategies of engaging men and boys better in movements aimed at preventing me's violence against women, pro-feminism and concepts such as the 'pedestal-effect'. Research Discussed: Burrell, S.R. (2020). Male agents of change and disassociating from the problem in the prevention of violence against women. In Masculine Power and Gender Equality: Masculinities as Change Agents. Luyt, R. & Starck, K. Cham: Springer. 35-54.

Dr Bianca Fileborn: Sexual Harassment at Music Festivals & Street Harassment

Dr Bianca Fileborn is a Lecturer in Criminology, School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne. In particular, her current work focuses on sexual violence and harassment. She is also interested in concepts of justice, and particularly informal, innovative, and transformative justice. Dr Fileborn is currently an ARC DECRA recipient. Her project examines concepts of justice and justice responses to street harassment. Dr Fileborn is also currently involved in collaborative projects examining sexual violence at Australian music festivals, and young LGBTIQ+ people's involvement in family violence. Dr Fileborn's recent work includes: an examination of unwanted sexual attention and sexual violence in licensed venues; experiences, impacts and justice responses to street harassment; the use of research in law reform; sexuality and ageing; policing and LGBTIQ+ young people; and, the sexual assault of older women. She currently sits on the Victorian government taskforce on Sexual Harassment and Assault in Live Music Venues, and leads the working group convened as part of this taskforce. Dr Fileborn has published widely in leading criminological and other journals, including: the British Journal of Criminology; Trauma, Violence and Abuse; Gender, Place and Culture; Archives of Sexual Behavior; and the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology. Her sole-authored monograph 'Reclaiming the Night-Time Economy: Unwanted Sexual Attention in Pubs and Clubs' was published by Palgrave in 2016, and she is the co-editor of the recently published collection '#MeToo and the politics of social change'. She also writes regularly for public forums such as The Conversation, and has published in The Daily Life. In this conversation we spoke about her research focusing on sexual harassment at music festivals, what she found, how music festivals can be made safer for women and LGBTQIA people, what sexual harassment and particularly street harassment is, what justice can look like for victim-survivors of those transgressions. We ended by discussing the Harvey Weinstein verdict. Research discussed: Fileborn, B. and Vera-Gray, F., 2017. “I want to be able to walk the street without fear”: Transforming justice for street harassment. Feminist Legal Studies, 25(2), pp.203-227. Hollaback resources tackling street harassment: https://www.ihollaback.org/research/

Dr Parveen Ali: Extended Family & Intimate Partner Violence

Parveen Ali is a Lecturer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of Sheffield. She is a Registered Nurse, Registered Nurse Teacher and Senior Fellow of Higher Education Academy and a Fellow of Royal Society of Arts. She leads the MMedSci Advanced Nursing Studies and is Chair the School of Nursing and Midwifery’s Research Ethics Committee. In this conversation, we spoke about Parveen's research investigating attitudes towards intimate partner violence in Pakistan and the theory she developed to help understand IPV better in that particular cultural context. We also spoke about the importance of culturally specific data collection methods.

Dr Nicola Henry: Image-Based Sexual Abuse

Dr Nicola Henry is Associate Professor and Principal Research Fellow in the Social and Global Studies Centre at RMIT University. Nicola's research focuses on the prevalence, nature and impacts of sexual violence and harassment, including the legal and non-legal responses in Australian and international contexts. Her research has been largely situated in three socio-legal and criminology fields: (1) transitional and post-conflict justice; (2) rape law reform and primary prevention; and (3) technology-facilitated sexual violence. Her research is interdisciplinary, drawing on mixed-methods approaches within multidisciplinary teams. In this conversation, we spoke about how technology facilitates sexual violence- specifically image-based sexual abuse. We discussed the forms it takes, what we know about perpetrators, how it affects victim-survivors, how the law tackles it, how it can be prevented among other things. Research Discussed: Powell, A.,Henry, N. (2019). Technology-facilitated sexual violence victimization results from an online survey of Australian adults In: Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 34, 3637 - 3665

Dr Joanna Bourke: Cultural History of Sexual Violence

Joanna Bourke is Professor of History in the Department of History, Classics and Archaeology at Birkbeck College, where she has taught since 1992. She is a Fellow of the British Academy. Over the years, her books have ranged from the social and economic history of Ireland in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, to social histories of the British working classes between 1860 and 1960s, to cultural histories of military conflict between the Anglo-Boer war and the present. She has worked on the history of the emotions, particularly fear and hatred, and the history of sexual violence. In the past few years, her research has focussed on questions of humanity, militarisation, and pain. She wrote a book entitled What It Means to Be Human. In 2014, she published two books: Wounding the World. How Military Violence and War Games Invade Our World and The Story of Pain: From Prayer to Painkillers. In this conversation, we spoke about her book Rape: A history From 1860 to the Present and general themes such as the fall in conviction rates, why we need to look at perpetrators, the importance of a survivor- centered definition of rape & more. https://books.google.co.in/books/about/Rape.html?id=e_EDAQAAIAAJ&redir_esc=y