Constellations and Dynamics of Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict

Part II: A Close Reading of Sources

14 – 15 June 2013, Hamburg Institute for Social Research, Germany

This year’s workshop was a continuation of the discussion at Sciences Po in Paris last year. It is aimed at deepening our knowledge about various constellations, circumstances, and conditions in which sexual violence occurs. The discussion centered around the following aspects:

  • constellations in overlapping situations of armed conflict and civil life
  • gender-constellations
  • impacts/effects of masculinity, military, and civil norms on constellations
  • time-dependent understandings of constellations
  • fictional/medial representations of constellations


Friday, 14 June

Opening: Gabriela Mischkowski, Regina Mühlhäuser & Gaby Zipfel

Introductory Round

Input: Atreyee Sen, Mumbai (1992–93) and Ahmedabad (2002). A tale of two cities. Narratives of violent and victimized women enduring urban riots in India 
Moderation: Miranda Alison

Presentation of the SVAC Internet-Database »Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict« [at HIS-Library]: Lisa Gabriel, Gudrun Döllner & Christoph Fuchs

Input: Amandine Regamey, Some comments on sexual harassment in the Soviet Army during WWII based on an extract from Julia Zhukova, The girl with the sniper rifle, 2006 
Moderation: Elissa Mailänder

Input: Toshiyuki Tanaka, From karayuki-san to comfort women
Moderation: Júlia Garraio

Saturday, 15 June

Input: Louise du Toit, The ›Anglo-Boer War‹ or ›English War‹ between Republics of Transvaal and Orange Free State and Brittain, 1899–1902 in Southern Africa 
Moderation: Debra Bergoffen

Input: Júlia Garraio, Framing evidence. Cell-phones and reporting on wartime rape in Libya 
Moderation: Gabriela Mischkowski

Final Session
Future Perspectives of SVAC
Moderation: Gabriela Mischkowski

Additional Discussion Papers

  • Debra Bergoffen, Rejecting the name to name the crime. On the International Women’s Tribunal on Military Sexual Slavery by Japan
  • Pascale Bos, Imagined in Israel: Sexual Violence during the Holocaust
  • Kirsten Campbell, Notes on Fragments of a Trial (ICTY)
  • Lisa Gabriel, A Film on Woman-on-Woman Prison Rape
  • Elissa Mailänder, A Photograph taken by a Wehrmacht Soldier
  • Regina Mühlhäuser, British WWII Veterans talk about Sexual Violence against Men. Some Remarks on Oral History Interviews conducted since the 1970s
  • Dubravka Zarkov, “In the Land of Milk and Honey”, Cinematic Representations of the Bosnian War
  • Gaby Zipfel, Constellations and Dynamics of Sexual Violence as Subject of Hardboiled Detective Stories after the Vietnam War


  • Miranda Alison, Associate Professor, Department of Politics & International Studies, University of Warwick, UK
  • Debra Bergoffen, Emerita Professor of Philosophy, George Mason University, Washington D.C., USA
  • Pascale Bos, Associate Professor, Center for European Studies, University of Texas at Austin, USA
  • Louise du Toit, Senior Lecturer, Department of Philosophy, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa
  • Lisa Gabriel, Assistant Working Group »War & Gender«, Hamburg Institute for Social Research, Germany
  • Julia Garraio, Researcher, Center for Social Studies, University of Coimbra, Portugal
  • Karin Griese, Executive Board, Medica Mondiale, Germany
  • Elissa Mailänder, Associate Professor, Centre d’histoire de Sciences Po Paris, France
  • Gabriela Mischkowski, Program Advisor for Gender Justice, Medica Mondiale, Germany
  • Regina Mühlhäuser, Researcher, Hamburg Institute for Social Research, Hamburg, Germany
  • Amandine Regamey, Researcher, University of Paris1 (Panthéon-Sorbonne), France
  • Atreyee Sen, Researcher, Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in the Arts, University of Manchester, UK
  • Toshiyuki Tanaka, Professor of History, Hiroshima University, Japan
  • Fabrice Virgili, Research Director of IRICE/CNRS, University of Paris1 (Panthéon-Sorbonne), France
  • Dubravka Zarkov, Associate Professor, International Institute of Social Studies, Netherlands
  • Gaby Zipfel, Researcher, Hamburg Institute for Social Research, Germany

This workshop was kindly supported by the Hamburg Foundation for the Advancement of Research and Culture and the Hamburg Institute for Social Research.