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(How) Should We Memorialise Gender-Based Violence?

monument of people holding hands

Sunday 2 June 2024, 3.30PM to 3:50 PM

Speaker(s): Dr Harriet Gray

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Against a backdrop of heightened interest in memorialisation, public artworks and monuments commemorating gender-based violence (GBV) are increasing.

Sharing examples from six continents, Harriet Gray of the University of York will map existing GBV memorials and consider how their design choices communicate political messages and proposed solutions.

Do we need a new memorial in the UK and, if so, what kind of design might it have? Can the power of art change public narratives on gender-based violence? How should the past be memorialised? Why not come along and join in the discussion?

Please note: This talk includes references to sexual violence and is intended for an adult audience.

This work is supported by the Economics and Social Research Council [grant number ES/V003321/1].

Photo credit: Harriet Gray 

About the speaker

Dr Harriet Gray is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of York. Her research to date has focused mainly on gender-based violence in armed forces and conflict spaces, as well as on the memorialisation of sexual violence across war and peace. Her work has been published in journals including European Journal of International RelationsInternational Feminist Journal of PoliticsThe British Journal of Politics and International Relations, Security Dialogue, and Gender, Place and Culture. She has written for The Conversation and has been quoted in The Guardian and The Observer. She is an Associate Editor of Critical Military Studies and of Political Studies.


Location: York Explore Library, Library Square, Museum Street

Admission: Free, please book your ticket