Consent: Histories, Representations, and Frameworks for the Future (Edited Collection)

deadline for submissions: 
August 31, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
Hannah Piercy, Arya Thampuran, Rebecca White, and Sophie Franklin
contact email: 

Consent affects people of all genders, sexual orientations, and nationalities. Responding to recent campaigns such as #MeToo and #TimesUp, as well as the work of the 1752 Group, this edited collection brings together and develops the intersectional and interdisciplinary conversations that emerged during a 2019 conference on Consent hosted at Durham University. We are looking to broaden the scope of our collection, and invite papers which focus on historical formulations of consent, literary and cultural representations of consent, and potential pathways and dialogues for the future. The aim of this edited collection is to interrogate consent as both a critical, theoretical issue, and a lived, experiential one; this is envisioned as a space for researchers from diverse disciplines to collaborate and productively transform dialogue and practices around consent for the future. Current contributions include: a literary exploration of how Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Hays use the fictional testimonies of rape survivors to reveal the impossibility of consent within patriarchal structures; the ethics and decolonial possibilities of reading the violated body as traumatic testimony in ‘post-colonial’ Nigerian and Inuit contexts; and an analysis of the role certain modern technologies and technical artefacts play in shaping problematic norms around consent. We are planning to submit this collection to Routledge as part of the 'Interdisciplinary Research in Gender' book series.

We particularly welcome papers that consider consent through intersectional and/or decolonial prisms, and which engage with issues of consent within marginalised communities. 

Topics may include but are not limited to:

♦ Marginalised voices and consent 

♦ Comparative, international perspectives on consent 

♦ Consent and healthcare

♦ Consent and social activism

♦ Consent and critical race studies

♦ Consent and queer studies/LGBTQIA+ relationships

♦ Consent and the body/biopolitics

♦ Consent and disability studies

♦ Legal consent and human rights issues

♦ Consent within literature

♦ Pedagogical approaches to consent 

♦ Depictions of consent in film, television, drama, visual arts, music, radio, media, the internet etc.

♦ Consent within the university environment and academia

♦ Consent within professional environments, such as the workplace 

♦ Consent within social contexts and public spaces

♦ Consent within digital media (e.g. GDPR)


Please send individual 250-word abstracts with 5-6 keywords, along with short biographies, to by 31 August 2021. The provisional deadline for full essays of approximately 7000 words will be the end of March 2022.