CANCELLED Understanding Gendered Violence: The Value of Testimonial and Qualitative Evidence

28 November 2019 - 29 November 2019

Kaetsu Centre Conference Room, Murray Edwards College, Huntingdon Road, Cambridge, CB3 0DF

This event has been cancelled due to strike action. We will update this page with more information when it becomes available. Please check our project page for information about future events or email if you have an urgent query.

This two-day workshop will ask whether, and to what extent, testimonial evidence has a specific epistemic role to play in the philosophical and scientific study of gendered violence, broadly understood. The workshop aims to bring together social scientists who use qualitative methods and philosophers interested in testimony in the study of gendered violence.

The sort of topics that will be the focus of the workshop are:

  • What epistemic insights do we gain from testimonial evidence, that we might not get from quantitative data, that help us explain gendered violence? For example, how powerful is interview-based qualitative evidence on the causal link between pornography and violence, in comparison with quantitative evidence analysed statistically?
  • How should women's testimony inform our definition of categories such as 'violence' or 'oppression' or 'consent'? Should women’s reports of their experiences be accorded a kind of epistemic priority in constructing such definitions?
  • Relatedly, on what grounds – if any – can researchers call into doubt, or disregard, the epistemic value of the testimony of women?
  • What about the testimony of male perpetrators of violence against women? Is there a specific epistemic value to be gained from such evidence?
All seven papers are to be read in advance of the workshop by all participants. During the workshop we will discuss each of these papers for an hour, with each paper being allocated to a commentator who will lead the round-table discussion by offering an informal 7 minute commentary on the paper.
Accessibility information for the event venue can be found online here. In particular: the meeting room will be wheelchair accessible, and there are toilets and wheelchair accessible toilets available near the meeting room.  
If you are interested in this event, please contact the project administrator in the first instance or one of the convenors (listed below).
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This conference is hosted by the ERC-funded project 'Qualitative and Quantitative Social Science: A Unified Logic of Causal Inference?'. QUALITY is funded by the European Research Council under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (ERC grant agreement no. 715530)

We are excited to be joined by Elena Ruíz, who will deliver the keynote lecture 'Rethinking Structural Violence: Gender, Testimony, and the Interpretive Wealth Gap', as part of the workshop 'Understanding Gendered Violence: The Value of Testimonial and Qualitative Evidence'. 

You can find more information about the lecture and how to attend on the event page here.