Women and Violence: The Agency of Victims and Perpetrators

Room G51
Friday 17th June 2011 (09:00-17:00)
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Harjeet Marway

Email: hxm447@bham.ac.uk

Workshop at the University of Birmingham, Department of Philosophy

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 pedophilia and terrorism). This workshop explores and challenges this dichotomy and investigates ways in which agency can be adequately accounted for and better represented.


10.00 – 10.30 - Registration and coffee

10.30 – 10.40 - Welcome  Heather Widdows, Herjeet Marway (Birmingham)

10.40 – 11.10 - Digital agency: techno-transcendence and feminism Gillian Youngs (Wales, Newport)

11.10 – 11.40 - Rape, women’s autonomy, and the need for social recognition Sarah Sorial (Wollongong, Australia)

11.40 – 11.50 - Coffee

11.50 – 12.20 - Infanticide, abortion and agency Iain Law (Birmingham)

12.20 – 12.50 - Kant, wrong doing and violence Alison Assiter (West of England)

12.50 – 13.20 - Women’s agency and the fallacy of autonomy: the example of rape and sexual consent Paul Reynolds (Edge Hill)

13.20 – 14.00 Lunch

14.00 – 14.20 What is violence? Amanda Cawston (Cambridge)

14.20 – 14.40 Scandalous subwomen and sublime superwomen: exploring the agency of female suicide bombers Herjeet Marway (Birmingham)

14.40 – 15.00 Writing women’s violence: Dacia Maraini’s female perpetrators Alex Standen (Birmingham)

15.00 – 15.20 PhD Panel - Questions

15.20 – 15.30 Coffee

15.30 – 16.00 The question of agency in the commercial sexual exploitation of women Rhéa Jean (Luxembourg, Luxembourg)

16.00 – 16.30 Women between agency and coercion Elena Alonzo (Genova, Italy)

16.30 – 17.00 Representations of the Murderous Mother Beverley Clack (Oxford Brookes)

17.00 – 17.30 Andrea Dworkin: a reassessment Bob Brecher (Brighton)

17.30  Drinks

Register for the workshop

Places are limited so if you wish to attend, please register your interest with Herjeet Marway. The deadline for registration is 10 June 2011. There is no charge.

Organised By

Heather Widdows
Professor of Global Ethics, University of Birmingham

Herjeet Marway
PhD Student, Global Ethics, University of Birmingham