CFP: #Metoo: Oral histories of sexual violence and harassment (2018 OHA Annual Meeting, 10/2018, Montreal); DL: 14.01.2018

2018 OHA Annual Meeting (Web)

Time: October 10-13, 2018,
Venue: Montreal, Canada
Abstracts due January 14th 2018

From #believesurvivors to #me too, narratives around harassment, abuse, and sexual violence have become increasingly prominent in the media over the last few years. This panel draws on feminist oral history practice to explore critical questions relating to oral narratives of harassment and abuse. Oral history, with its ability to capture personal experiences and intimate narratives, is well-suited to document experiences of sexual violence, harassment, and abuse. The sharing of traumatic memories can also raise a range of ethical issues for narrators and interviewers. This panel explores how interviews exploring experiences of harassment and abuse, particularly within institutions and organizations, can shed new light on contemporary efforts to achieve justice for survivors.

Potential paper topics include:

  • Sexual violence within past or present social justice movements
  • Sexual abuse or harassment in the workplace
  • Intersections between sexual violence and other forms of oppression (such as racism, classism, transphobia, ableism, and homophobia)
  • Legal and ethical issues relating to interviews about specific acts of abuse or harassment.

  • Trauma-informed approaches to interviewing.
  • Shared authority as it relates to interviews with survivors or perpetrators of violence.
  • Other ethical issues pertaining to interviewing accused perpetrators of violence and abuse.
  • Oral histories of anti-violence activist movements.

This list is not exhaustive, and we welcome all submissions that explore oral histories of gendered abuse, harassment, and violence.

Please send abstracts for papers to by January 14th. Abstracts must be 300 words or less and accompanied by a 400-word (or less) CV. Applicants will be notified of the status of their paper by January 21st.

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