Sexual Violence and the Culture of Impunity
Melbourne Law School
185 Pelham Street
Speaker: Dr Dolly Kikon, School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Melbourne
Anthropologist Dr Dolly Kikon presents insights and reflections from her 2016 monograph Life and Dignity: Women’s Testimonies of Sexual Violence in Dimapur (Nagaland). Focussing on her ethnographic work in Nagaland, a tribal state in Northeast India that has witnessed India’s longest armed conflict, Dr. Kikon shows how the Indian state is deeply implicated in escalating the culture of sexual violence and impunity. She highlights how perpetrators of sexual violence - both state and non-state actors - escape justice, while their victims are trapped between exhortations by women's advocacy groups not to ‘suffer quietly' and the social stigma attached to sexual violence. Dr Kikon highlights how the arc of sexual violence must now be seen to extend from a militarized nation and a militarized region downwards to the constituent units upon which its edifice is located: home, family, and the community. Dr Kikon will read sections from her monograph to share her research findings about how the naturalization of the home as a hub of love, security, and care erases the experiences of structural violence and trauma that the social units and relations have undergone in militarized societies.
MAEVe Seminar Series
The Melbourne Research Alliance to End Violence Against Women and their Children (MAEVe) was established in 2015 to draw together research and evaluation capacity across the University, in partnership with community, industry and government agencies, to respond to this pressing challenge.
MAEVe strives to make a difference to the lives of women, families and communities by addressing and preventing violence against women through interdisciplinary and intra-institutional collaboration.
MAEVe's lunchtime seminar series is held fortnightly (with the exception of holidays)
Semester 2 Program
All events are held on Tuesdays between 1pm and 2pm at Melbourne Law School, 185 Pelham Street, Carlton.
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