Religion and Rape Culture Conference
Date: 6th July 2018
Keynote speakers: Professor Cheryl Exum (University of Sheffield) & Professor Rhiannon Graybill (Rhodes College)
The Shiloh Project is a joint initiative set up by staff from the Universities of Sheffield, Leeds and Auckland (NZ) researching religion and rape culture. With funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the White Rose College for Arts and Humanities (WRoCAH), we are proud to announce a one day interdisciplinary conference exploring and showcasing research into the phenomenon of rape culture, both throughout history and within contemporary societies across the globe. In particular, we aim to investigate the complex and at times contentious relationships that exist between rape culture and religion, considering the various ways religion can both participate in and contest rape culture discourses and practices.
We are also interested in the multiple social identities that invariably intersect with rape culture, including gender, disabilities, sexuality, race and class. The Shiloh Project specialises in the field of Biblical Studies, but we also strongly encourage proposals relating to rape culture alongside other religious traditions, and issues relating to rape culture more broadly.
This conference is open to researchers at any level of study, and from any discipline. We invite submissions of abstracts no more than 300 words long and a short bio no later than 19th March. Please indicate whether your submission is for a poster or a presentation. We particularly welcome abstracts on the following topics:
● Gender violence and the Bible
● Gender, class and rape culture
● Visual representations of biblical gender violence
● Representations of rape culture in the media and popular culture
● Teaching traumatic texts
● Methods of reading for resistance and/or liberation
● Sexual violence in schools and Higher Education
● Religion, rape culture and the gothic/horror genre
● Spiritualities and transphobia
● Familial relations and the Bible