History@Newcastle 2017: “Sexual Violence and Medicine”

Please join us this Friday 7 April at 10am in Cultural Collections for the third History@Newcastle seminar for the semester, delivered by UoN Global Innovation Chair Professor Joanna Bourke.


“Sexual Violence and Medicine: Police Surgeons, Forensic Medical Examiners, and ‘Cultures of Care’ in Twentieth Century Britain”

Professor Joanna Bourke
UoN Global Innovation Chair

Police doctors are extremely influential when victims of sexual violence report the attack to the police. Victims are required to consent to undergo a medical examination. They routinely claim that this is the most distressing part of reporting their ordeal, yet medical evidence of assault and marks of violence are crucial for any successful prosecution. Alleged perpetrators are also medically examined. In this paper, I explore the history of police surgeons or Forensic Medical Examiners (as they came to be known), exploring the tension between care giving and the collection of evidence.

About the Speaker
Joanna Bourke is the Global Innovation Chair at the University of Newcastle and Professor of History at Birkbeck, University of London. She is Chair of Modern History at The British Academy. She is the prize-winning author of twelve books, including histories on modern warfare, military medicine, psychology and psychiatry, the emotions, and rape, as well as over 86 articles in academic journals. In 2014, she was the author of The Story of Pain: From Prayer to Painkillers (OUP) and Wounding the World: How Military Violence and War-Play are Invading our Lives (Virago). Her books have been translated into Chinese, Russian, Spanish, Catalan, Italian, Portuguese, Czech, Turkish, and Greek.

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History@Newcastle 2017 Programme

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