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Do Sexualized Discrimination and Violence Occur at Universities?

International Conference at Freie Universität Berlin from June 13 to 15, 2018, to address “Perspectives and Discourses on Sexual Harassment in International Higher Education Contexts”

№ 129/2018 from Jun 01, 2018

Researchers from nine countries will be discussing the prevalence, manifestations, and effects of sexualized discrimination and violence at universities at a conference at Freie Universität Berlin from June 13 to 15. The conference participants will present the first data from interviews and discuss them in relation to the respective cultural and political contexts. Experts from Costa Rica, Mexico, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, South Korea, India, Japan, and Germany are expected to attend. The conference is part of an international project that explores factors of as well as opportunities for the prevention of sexual harassment and violence at universities. The conference will begin on Wednesday, June 13, at 6 p.m., with a keynote lecture by Rita Laura Segato (Universidad de Brasilia) on the parastatal sphere and sexualized violence. The lectures and discussions will be in English. The conference is public and free of charge.

At the very latest since the #Metoo debate in the Global North and the #NiUnaMenos – “not one less” – movement in Latin America have spread, sexual violence has become the focus of a great deal of social and media attention. But does it also play a role at universities? Is there sexual violence in places that want to contribute to a non-discriminatory and reflective society through teaching and research? The perceptions that higher education institutions have of themselves as being non-discriminatory and nonviolent have ensured that, according to many experts, they have paid little attention to forms of sexualized violence. Relevant studies as well as experiences of activists and equal opportunity officers suggest that sexualized discrimination and violence are as common at universities as they are in other social contexts. The aim of the conference is to examine the phenomenon from a scholarly perspective in an international comparison and to plan further collaboration.

Times and Locations

  • Wednesday, June 13, 2018, 6 p.m., Topoi Villa, Hittorfstraße 18, 14195 Berlin; subway station: Freie Universität/Thielplatz (U3)
  • Thursday, June 14, 2018, 10 a.m., Seminar Center, Room 116, Habelschwerdter Allee 45, 14195 Berlin; subway station: Dahlem-Dorf (U3)
  • Friday, June 15, 2018, 9:15 a.m., Seminar Center, Room 116, Habelschwerdter Allee 45, 14195 Berlin; subway station: Dahlem-Dorf (U3)

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