International conference on faculty and staff sexual misconduct
June 30 to July 2, 2019, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, USA
Increasing attention being paid across the world to sexual and gender harassment and sexual violence occurring between students within universities. However, there remains a dearth of research and expertise globally on sexual misconduct carried out by faculty and staff in universities. This conference will bring together cross-disciplinary voices engaged in advocacy, research, and organisational change around power-based academic sexual misconduct in order to build a common understanding of the nature of the problem and to generate ways forward that are effective across international policy and legal frameworks. The conference will provide an international forum to discuss this issue, opening up a space for sharing resources, discussing barriers to change, and identifying successful practices. The event is being put on by a group of scholar-activists from the US and UK in receipt of a grant from the National Science Foundation (HRD-1836685). Information about the organising committee can be found here.
The primary purpose of this conference is therefore to share knowledge and build links between advocates, academics, survivors, experts, and other change-makers from different countries and contexts working on this topic. We would therefore particularly like to receive applications from attendees from outside the US and UK.
We will be aiming to have good representation of groups at the conference including non-US based activists/academics; attendees from countries from the Global South; current students; people of colour; people from disability communities; gender non-conforming attendees.
This conference is intended to be a safer and inclusive space. We are particularly keen to receive abstracts from advocates and academics from marginalised positions, whether due to disability, race/ethnicity, gender identity, sexuality, class background, or other multi-marginalised identities, and the conference will have a NO TOLERANCE policy for language, discrimination, or harassment/bullying based on sexism, racism, homophobia, transphobia, audism, and ableism. We welcome applications from survivors of staff/faculty sexual misconduct, as well as other forms of sexual violence. We also welcome suggestions for how to make the space as inclusive as possible for survivors and other marginalised groups. We would also like to receive applications for attendees who would like to participate remotely.
Financial support is available for some attendees, and those who would be unable to attend without this support will be prioritised. You can request financial support on the application form. Please do not rule yourself out if lack of money is a barrier to attending. Alternatively, you can apply to present or participate remotely. For the conference, we will be adopting the guidelines from this Accessible Conference Guide: http://www.sigaccess.org/welcome-to-sigaccess/resources/accessible-conference-guide/
Application submission deadline: Please fill out this online form by Sunday 6 January 2019, midnight British Standard Time/8pm UTC
For further information see https://facultysexualmisconduct.com/call-for-proposals/ or tweet @FassmC or email FacultySexualMisconduct@gmail.com