16 Days Blogathon 2021 Update: Gender-Based Violence: histories, legacies, myths and memories

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Image above: Montage of posts from 16 Days Blogathon 2020

Coming Soon! Every year, genderED runs a blogathon with our collaborators at Ambedkar University Delhi and the University of New South Wales to highlight the global 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence campaign (November 25-December 10). Each day we feature posts from academics, students, activists, practitioners, artists and survivors (noting that these categories are not exclusive).

We’re excited to announce that our 2021 focus will be on histories, legacies, myths and memories, led from Edinburgh by the Histories of Gender and Sexualities Research Group. We will explore the connection between past and present, highlighting the historical and longitudinal dimensions that have shaped narratives, experiences and activisms surrounding gender-based violence today. In doing so, we hope to draw attention to voices and perspectives from multiple geographies and time periods (from antiquity to the very recent past) accessed through the formal archive and oral history as well as through literature and the creative arts, including traditional music, poetry and storytelling.

Through legend, myth and collective memory, the past shapes contemporary understandings and narratives of gendered violence but can also be used as a resource in cultures of resistance. The residues and traces of the past connect us through common humanity and through women’s shared though not identical experiences of living in patriarchal societies. Ultimately, we hope that this year’s theme will help us to identify what is unique and distinct about the ‘where’ and ‘when’ we inhabit, what came before, and how to get to where we want to be.


To read the full vision statement for this year’s 16 Days Blogathon, please click here.
The 2021 curators:

University of Edinburgh: Prof. Fiona Mackay (genderED), Dr. Zubin Mistry (lead, Histories of Gender and Sexualities Research Group), Prof. Louise Jackson, Prof. Diana Paton, Dr Hatice Yildiz, Aerin Lai (PhD web and editorial assistant) for genderED and Histories of Gender and Sexualities Research Group

Dr B R Ambedkar University Delhi: Prof. Rukmini Sen (Director, Centre for Publishing), Dr Rachna Mehra (School of Global Affairs)

University of New South Wales: Prof. Jan Breckenridge, Mailin Suchting, (Gendered Violence Research Network). Georgia Lyons (student web and editorial assistant) for Gendered Violence Research Network.