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Conference: Surviving Violence from Coping to Thriving

Wednesday 19th and Thursday 20th April 2023

Wadham College, University of Oxford

About the Conference and CfP

Concluding the British Academy funded project: ‘Surviving Violence: Everyday resilience and gender justice in rural-urban India’ this multidisciplinary conference will showcase research and insights at the nexus of violence against women, the law and everyday life, with a particular focus on the experiences of marginalised survivors in a range of jurisdictions. The conference will contribute to discussions in feminist legal theory and feminist geolegality that emphasise the intimate and everyday workings and impact of the law through empirical cases.

In the context of domestic violence, we are concerned with how women survivors experience, navigate, negotiate and/or resist institutional and cultural norms as well as legal rights, services, and provisions. In contexts of inadequate or partial legal provisions, we wish to examine the extra-legal, non-state, and vernacular practices that shape the law and access to it. The conference will therefore speak to wider questions of legal pluralism and how survivors of domestic violence work/struggle to create alternative spaces of justice and/or refuge, that enable them to cope, if not thrive.

We invite contributions from academia, activism and the voluntary sector which discuss the following:

1. What are the experiences of survivors of domestic violence from marginalised communities?
2. What are the institutional and community attitudes towards domestic violence, and how do these impact experiences of violence, everyday coping and/or access to justice.
3. How do survivors of domestic violence ‘cope’, build resilience and thrive in their everyday lives? Through what networks, technologies, sites and spaces?
4. How do survivors of domestic violence seek justice through extra-legal, non-state, and vernacular practices?
5. How transformative are extra-legal, non-state and/or vernacular practices?

We would particularly like to hear from ECRs working on domestic violence/abuse and from a variety of disciplines. Limited funds are available for travel to and from Oxford with dinner and accommodation for one night. If you would like to apply for these funds, please attach an accompanying short biography with an outline of how the conference relates to your research agenda.

The conference is being organised by Professor Shazia Choudhry (Faculty of Law, University of Oxford) and Dr Philippa Williams (School of Geography, Queen Mary, University of London) and is funded by the British Academy.

Please submit abstracts of no more than 250 words to
Abstracts due by: 14th December 2022
Notice of acceptance by: January 16th 2023