TitleGender and Harassment in Academic Spaces: A Round Table Discussion
Date/TimeWednesday 5 July 2017: 19.00-20.00
SponsorSociety for Medieval Feminist Scholarship (SMFS) / Gender & Medieval Studies Group (GMS)
OrganiserLiz Herbert McAvoy, Centre for Medieval & Early Modern Research (MEMO), Swansea University
Moderator/ChairLiz Herbert McAvoy, Centre for Medieval & Early Modern Research (MEMO), Swansea University
AbstractIt has been a year and more since concerned scholars decided to bring the issue of academic harassment out of the shadows and into the limelight for discussion at two very well-attended round tables: one at the International Congress on Medieval Studies at Kalamazoo in May 2016; the other at the Leeds International Medieval Congress in July 2016. Discussions were aimed at raising awareness of this insidious problem and positing some solutions - or initiatives that can work towards solutions.

As well as contributors involved in one or both of the 2016 sessions, this 2017 round table discussion presents new contributors offering fresh perspectives on the problem from a number of academic standpoints. During the session, initiatives instigated since the two previous debates, along with those currently being planned, will also be discussed and it is hoped that general discussion will bring about further initiatives and ideas about how to eradicate the prevalence of gendered harassment in academic spaces once and for all.

Participants include Bettina Bildhauer (University of St Andrews), Kirsty Day (University of Edinburgh), Dorothy Kim (Vassar College, New York), Vickie Larsen (University of Michigan, Flint), Malte Urban (Aberystwyth University), and Diane Watt (University of Surrey).