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Durham University

Institute of Advanced Study

Past Events

Christopherson Knott Fellows' Seminar - Kaleidoscopic Justice:Mapping the dimensions of justice for survivors of sexual violence

23rd January 2017, 13:00 to 14:00, IAS Seminar Room, Palace Green, Professor Clare McGlynn (Durham University)

Justice’ for survivors of sexual violence is the primary justification for almost every law or policy reform on this topic. But what does ‘justice’ really mean? While academics, policy-makers and campaigners espouse various approaches, surprisingly little is known about survivors own perspectives. This paper considers the findings and implications of a project which investigated understandings of justice through interviews and workshops with twenty women survivors of sexual violence. What emerged is a vision of justice conceptualised as ‘kaleidoscopic justice’. This is justice as a continually shifting pattern; justice constantly refracted through new circumstances, experiences and understandings; justice as non-linear, with multiple beginnings and possible endings; justice as a complex, nuanced and difficult to (pre)determine feeling; justice as a lived, on-going and ever-evolving experience rather than an ending or result; justice as unpredictable. The paper will examine the contours of kaleidoscopic justice and its implications for developing law and policy.

Fellows' seminars take place on Monday lunchtimes in the seminar room at Cosin's Hall.

Places are limited and so any academic colleagues interested in attending a seminar should contact the Institute in advance to reserve a place.

The aim of these seminars is to develop new thinking on the big issues that are of current concern/interest for the Fellows . Each Fellow is asked to present a core idea that informs their current work, or a problem that they are tackling, that could benefit from cross-disciplinary thinking. These seminars are informal and designed to encourage discussion.

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