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Conference: Consent: Histories, Representations, and Frameworks for the Future

Responding to recent movements such as #MeToo and #TimesUp, this timely two-day conference will bring together researchers working on consent from a range of different historical, geographical, and disciplinary perspectives. We seek participants who address the representation of consent in literature, history, law, and society, from any time period and in any geographical region. The conference will be held in Josephine Butler College, an appropriate venue due to Butler’s own pioneering work campaigning against child prostitution, sex trafficking, and the Contagious Diseases Act. As a secondary purpose of the conference, we would like to acknowledge Josephine Butler’s activism on topics associated with consent, and to celebrate her contribution to these important causes.

The conference, titled ‘Consent: Histories, Representations, and Frameworks for the Future’, encompasses discussions of consent in the past, present, and future, and participants investigating historical views of consent are encouraged, where appropriate, to make connections with the present day. Discussion of the 1752 Group’s work on guidelines for combatting staff-student sexual misconduct in Higher Education will be incorporated, if possible with participation from one or more members of the 1752 Group itself. The conference topic has a broad range of historical applications, but it is essential that we do not forget its pressing relevance to our own contemporary context and experiences.

Contact hannah.e.piercy@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.