CfP from Philosophy

Women and Violence: The Agency of Victims and Perpetrators


Workshop at the University of Birmingham, Department of Philosophy

Friday 17th June 2011

Often in debates about women and violence, women are presented as lacking agency; they are either powerless victims of male aggression (as in domestic and sexual violence), or they are manipulated or forced into becoming perpetrators of violence (as in paedophilia and terrorism). This workshop explores and challenges this dichotomy and investigates ways in which agency can be adequately accounted for and better represented.

Confirmed speakers

Alison Assiter (Professor of Feminist Theory, University of the West of England)

Bob Brecher (Professor of Ethics, University of Brighton)

Beverley Clack (Professor of Philosophy of Religion, Oxford Brookes University)

Gillian Youngs (Professor of Digital Economy, University of Wales)

Call for papers

We invite abstracts from philosophers and those in cognate disciplines on the ‘women, violence, agency’ theme (broadly construed). Papers will be approximately 20 minutes followed by questions, and we encourage submissions from post-graduate students.

Please send abstracts (of no more than 200 words) to Herjeet Marway by 29th April 2011.

Register for the workshop

There is no cost to register for this event, but places are limited. If you wish to attend, please register your interest with Heather Widdows or Herjeet Marway. The deadline for registration is 27th May 2011.


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