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Event examines rise in gender violence

Thursday, 18th May, 2017 1:01am

Gender violence will be under the spotlight at UCC next week.

‘Representing Gender Based Violence’ will take place on Monday and Tuesday 22-23 May at the university.

According to the CSO’s 2016 crime report, sexual offences were up 8.6 per cent in 2016 from 2015. 2,549 cases of sexual offences were reported in Ireland in 2016, up from 2,348 in 2015.

The event is being organised by Nicoletta Mandolini, a graduate student in the Italian department, and Caroline Williamson, lecturer in the French department.

Day one kicks off at 10am with an introduction to the discussion, followed by the first talk about gender violence in the arts.

Deborah Jermyn, co-director of the Centre for Research in Film and Audiovisual Cultures at the University of Roehampton and writer about feminist issues, will hold a talk entitled, ‘Why Does the BBC Think Violence against Women is Sexy?’

Nuala Finnegan, director of the Centre for Mexican Studies at UCC, and Héctor Domínguez-Ruvalcaba, associate professor for the department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Austin in Texas and an expert in gender violence in the US-Mexico border, will follow with their respective talks.

Day two includes roundtables about law-philosophy, arts and media and a concluding session.

The two-day event will take place in room 255 in the O’Rahilly Building.

See casilac.ie/rgbv for more.

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