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Geographies of gender-based harassment and violence within and beyond the workplace

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Socialist and Critical Geography Specialty Group, Feminist Geographies Specialty Group, Queer and Trans Geographies Specialty Group
Organizers: Caitlin Henry, Patrick Vitale
Chairs: Caitlin Henry


The MeToo movement has shed light on how misogyny and gender-based harassment and violence are ubiquitous in numerous industries and fields of work from Hollywood to restaurants to sports to higher education. The discipline of geography is not immune to this and instance of harassment often take place at the AAG?s Annual Conference, but also year-round at bars, offices, and others paces. In response, a recent article in HumanGeography (Mansfield et al) powerfully calls on geographers not to see harassment as the product of a few malignant individuals, but rather as integral to systemic power that limits who can and cannot participate within the field. Spurred by Mansfield et al and the coming forward of survivors, this session aims to bring a geographical perspective to what many on-going discussions have made clear: gender-based harassment and violence are structural, rather than individual; the abuses are ubiquitous because they maintain and are constitutive of uneven dynamics of power and control. We invite papers that explore historical and contemporary examples of gender-based harassment and violence within and beyond the workplace. We are especially interested in papers that document the workings and purpose of this violence. By geographical perspectives we are interested in both issues within the discipline and what a geographical analysis can lend to understanding harassment within and beyond the workplace.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Ann Bartos*, University of Auckland, Care, emotional labor, and sexism in the TA classroom 15 12:00 AM
Presenter Marie-Eve Desroches*, Institut national de la recherche scientifique, Understanding violence and harassment in housing: comparing litterature with feminist struggles 15 12:00 AM
Presenter Patrick Vitale*, Eastern Connecticut State University, Invisibilities of nuclear engineering: Harassment, patriarchy, and the social reproduction of nuclear engineers 15 12:00 AM
Discussant Kim England University of Washington 15 12:00 AM

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