Book Launch: Bodies in Evidence: Race, Gender, and Science in Sexual Assault Adjudication
28 April 2022
18.00-19.30 BST / 12.00-13.30 CST / 13.00-14.30 EST
Online via Zoom
*with apologies for cross-posting*
The Sexual Harms and Medical Encounters Project (SHaME) is pleased to invite you to the official book launch of Associate Prof Sameena Mulla and Associate Prof Heather Hlavka’s Bodies in Evidence: Race, Gender, and Science in Sexual Assault Adjudication (New York University Press). Heather and Sameena will be joined in conversation by host Professor Joanna Bourke (Principal Investigator at SHaME) and guests Assistant Prof April Petillo (Northern Arizona University), Dr Gethin Rees (Newcastle University), and Prof M Gabriela Torres (Wheaton College).
This event is free, but please register in advance:
For victims in sexual assault cases, trials rarely result in justice. Instead, the courts drag defendants, victims, and their friends and family through a public spectacle. Along the way, forensic scientists, sexual assault nurse examiners, and police officers provide their insight and expertise, shaping the story that emerges for the judge and jury. These expert narratives intersect with the stories of victims, witnesses, and their communities to reproduce our cultural understandings of sexual violence, but too often this process results in reinscribing racial, gendered, and class inequalities.
The book launch will feature introductory comments from Professor Joanna Bourke, a framing discussion by the authors, reflections from Assistant Prof April Petillo, Dr Gethin Rees, and Prof M Gabriela Torres, and an open panel discussion including questions from the audience.
Age Guidance: 18 yrs +
FREE – but please register in advance
To register, please follow the link below:
*This event is taking place online. Attendees will receive a joining link a few days prior to the event.
*Please note: this event will be recorded (speakers only).
We hope you’ll join us and if you have any questions, please contact SHaME's Public Engagement Coordinator, Dr Rhea Sookdeosingh at email@example.com.
All very best,
Rhea, on behalf of The SHaME Project
Dr Rhea Sookdeosingh
Public Engagement and Events Coordinator
Sexual Harms + Medical Encounters Research Hub
Department of History, Classics and Archaeology
Birkbeck, University of London
26 Russell Square, Room B33
London WC1B 5DQ
T: 020 7631 6588