Nursing a Pandemic: Learning Disability Nursing
23 September, 5.30pm
In the 9th event in this series, we will look at learning disability nursing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learning disability nurses provide specialist support to people with learning disabilities and their families and carers, in community centres, hospitals and people’s homes. What has the pandemic been like for them and their clients? Open to all. Book online here: https://www.rcn.org.uk/news-and-events/events/lib-nursing-a-pandemic-learning-disability-230921
Explore Your Nursing Family History for Black History Month
7 October, 6pm
Join us to find out how to trace your nursing family history. TV director Tim Kirby will describe his work on the BBC documentary Our NHS: A Hidden History (available on BBC iPlayer). From one file in the National Archives, Tim managed to trace the stories of 30 nurses from Barbados. This will be followed by a practical lesson in using nursing registers to uncover your nurse ancestors with Teresa Doherty, Joint Head of the RCN Library and Archive Service. Open to all. Book online here: https://www.rcn.org.uk/news-and-events/events/lib-explore-your-nursing-history
In Conversation with Nursing Pioneers: Do patients need educated nurses?
27 October, 5.30pm
This event, hosted by Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, politician, TV presenter, Paralympian and Chancellor of Northumbria University, is the second in a series highlighting significant contributions to nursing. We will hear from a panel of RCN Fellows – Hilary Chapman, Brendan McCormack and Sonja McIlfatrick – about the past, present and future of nursing education, and why patients need well-educated nurses. it is central to effective patient care. Open to all. Book online here: https://www.rcn.org.uk/news-and-events/events/lib-in-conversation-with-nursing-pioneers-271021
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CfP for special issue: ‘Historicising the perpetrators of sexual violence: global perspectives’
Sexual violence remains one of the world’s most under-reported crimes. Victims who press charges are often subjected to painful scrutiny of their own behaviour and personal lives by medical personnel, juridical authorities and the media. Survivors of sexual violence have described their frustration at the legal process, which seems to place them rather than their attackers on trial: ‘…I feel like I was given the life sentence that he deserves’. Academic scholarship has highlighted the inadequacies of police and criminal justice systems around the world when it comes to prosecuting sexual crimes (Temkin, 1992; Corrigan, 2013). In particular, court proceedings are frequently influenced by a number of all-pervasive rape myths which place the burden of responsibility for sexual violence on the failure of victims to protect themselves (Brownmiller, 1975; Bourke, 2007). At the same time, well-meaning attempts to recognise the trauma experienced by rape victims or to empower women through the use of anti-rape technologies can reinforce emphasis on the victim as the site of rape prevention, thus displacing male responsibility for sexual violence (Mardorossian, 2002; White and McMillan, 2019).
Though it transcends historical periods, sexual violence is not inevitable or ahistorical. The perpetration, policing, and prosecution of sexual aggression are shaped by historically contingent myths and assumptions, as well as by social structures which foster the circumstances for sexual assault. Historically, the perpetrators of sexual violence have often been protected by legal systems which place the burden of proof on victims, and by patriarchal social structures in which men are more likely to occupy positions of power which can be exploited with impunity.
The Sexual Harms and Medical Encounters (SHaME) project at Birkbeck, University of London, invites article proposals that scrutinise and historicise the perpetrators of sexual violence in the modern period. The term ‘perpetrator’ is understood in a broad sense, as both the individual agent of crime as well as the institutions and social structures which facilitate sexual violence. We are keen to include as broad a geographical and cultural range of contributions as possible, and therefore would particularly welcome proposals from contexts beyond the western, anglophone world. We also welcome submissions which adopt a range of disciplinary and methodological approaches, including from the medical humanities, psy disciplines, criminology, and history. A prestigious, peer-reviewed academic journal has been approached and has shown interest in hosting such a themed issue.