(Original post: CRIT-GEOG-FORUM)
The Wellcome Collection, London
Monday 14th September 2015 (0830-1730)
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.
It marks the end of a 2012-2015 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).
If you would like to attend, listen to the presentations and participate in discussions please sign up through Eventbrite by 31 July at 5pm (there are 30 places available, all of which are free): https://eventbrite.com/event/17408498287
All good wishes,
Katherine (workshop organiser)
Dr Katherine Brickell
Reader in Human Geography
Department of Geography
Royal Holloway, University of London
Surrey TW20 0EX