Explore how research, myth, journalism, and changing notions of justice interact with regard to the conceptualization and documentation of sexual violence in conflict.
Organized and facilitated by Alice M. Miller, Associate Research Scholar in Law and Robina Foundation Human Rights Fellow
Thursday, April 7, 2011
12:15- 1:45 pm Faculty Lounge
2nd floor, Yale Law School,
127 Wall Street
Open to the Yale community—lunch will be provided
Please rsvp to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “Yes to Health Workshop” if you plan to attend.
Sexual violence, especially in conflict/post conflict settings, is everywhere in the news. Responses to it are increasingly incorporated into formal international legal standards and commitments, including the prosecution of international sex crimes by the International Criminal Court and in a new crop of UN Security Council resolutions. Yet in the last fifteen years, the hyper-visibility of narratives of sexual violence is produced by an oddly contradictory amalgam of journalism, human rights documentation, myths, modern feminist claims and persistent (and revived) ideologies about gender roles, violence, conflict and power. Unfortunately, the current global attention has led to few visible, ameliorative effects to date.
In this workshop we explore various tensions, omissions, and paradoxes in the creation, maintenance, and deployment of attention to sexual violence as an undifferentiated, universal practice in conflict. We consider the effects on global-level advocacy, policy frameworks, and ideological positioning of states, as well as concrete health service- and justice-oriented practice interventions and research. The discussants will emphasize research and analysis, highlighting variations in the occurrence, scope, and types of victims (men, women, older and younger persons) and guide our discussion to consider not only the empirical questions around documenting sexual violence, but the policy and advocacy implications of research frames.
We look forward to an engaged, interdisciplinary discussion on Thursday.
· Alice M. Miller (YLS, Robina Foundation Human Rights Fellow)
Elisabeth Jean Wood, Sexual violence during war: toward an understanding of variation. In Order, Conflict, and Violence, Ian Shapiro, Stathis Kalyvas and Tarek Masoud eds. (Cambridge University Press, 2008)
Article Stable URL: http://www.sscnet.ucla.edu/polisci/cpworkshop/papers/Wood.pdf
Sexuality, Human Rights, and HealthAlice M. Miller and Carole S. VanceHealth and Human RightsVol. 7, No. 2, Sexuality, Human Rights, and Health (2004), pp. 5-15
Article Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4065346
West-African Warscapes: Victimcy, Girlfriending,Soldiering: Tactic Agency in a Young Woman’s SocialNavigation of the Liberian War ZoneMats UtasAnthropological Quarterly Vol. 78, No. 2 (Spring, 2005), pp. 403-430
Article Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4150840
United Nations Security Council Resolution (1960) 2010Article Stable URL: http://tinyurl.com/4974uas
Ragnhild Nordås, Sexual Violence in African ConflictsArticle Stable URL: http://tinyurl.com/65tjkyc
OPEN LETTER TO MEMBER STATES OF THE SECURITY COUNCIL Re: Res 1960Article Stable URL: http://tinyurl.com/5stoao4