In “Marital Rape in Global Context,” members of a 2018 advanced seminar, funded by the Vera R. Campbell Foundation, will present a panel discussion on their work. This new work, developed during a week of intense collaboration on SAR’s campus, explores groundbreaking practical strategies for enhancing women’s health and well-being.
Collaborative international research on rape within marriage demonstrates that women in widely divergent cultural and social contexts experience forced sex in their marital and cohabiting relationships as a form of social suffering with significant negative emotional and physical consequences that directly undermine their ability to live a good life. Deep knowledge of local cultures, as well as anthropology’s analysis of gender, kinship, consent, violence, and the state, is now beginning to inform gender-based violence work in disciplines such as sociology, legal studies, human rights, and public health.
Panelists will present the evolution of their ongoing research that began with the first scholarly examination of the global pandemic of rape in marriage: Marital Rape: Consent, Marriage and Social Change in Global Context (Oxford, 2016). The panel will be led by seminar chairs M. Gabriela Torres, Professor of Anthropology, Department of Anthropology, Wheaton College, and Kersti A. Yllö, Emerita Professor of Sociology, Department of Sociology, Wheaton College. Panelists will be Akosua Adomako Ampofo, Ph.D., Professor of African and Gender Studies at the University of Ghana, Legon, Accra; Jacquelyn Campbell, Ph.D. Nursing, R.N., Anna Wolf Chair in Community-Public Health, Johns Hopkins University; and, Henriette Jansen, Ph.D. MSc, Researcher at UNFPA Asia and the Pacific Region
A reception with light refreshments will be held following the discussion.
This event is free and open to the public. The presentation will take place in the Eric S. Dobkin Boardroom on the SAR campus. Advanced registration is encouraged.