International Conference “The History of Violence Against Women: From Theoretical to Empirical Perspectives”

In the shadow of worldwide Covid-19 Pandemic to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on November 25th – 26th Vytautas Magnus University has organized the international scientific conference “The history of violence against women: from theoretical to empirical perspectives” online.

The conference brought together historians, criminologists, lawyers, psychologists, and others to discuss the history of violence against women. In the conference program 20 papers were presented by academicians from Denmark, Greece, United States of America, Latvia, Lithuania, France, and Finland. Scholars discussed gender-based violence in historical and theoretical contexts, analyzed violence against women nature, causes and consequences of this phenomenon, examined different types of it paying close attention to sexual abuse of women in different societies and environments, political contexts and constructions of the narratives of the phenomenon, the results of researches about nowadays women experiences of sexual harassment and problems of domestic violence during the COVID-19 Pandemic were also shared in the conference.

Organizers are very thankful for participants of the conference for great papers and all the valuable discussions. Pandemic highlighted the problem of violence against women, hopefully conference content contributed to a better understanding of gender-based violence not only in historical but also in contemporary perspective.

Conference was organized by researchers from Vytautas Magnus University Faculty of Humanities, Department of History, who are implementing a research project “Violence against women: from harassment to crime in 20th century Lithuania”, funded by the Research Council of Lithuania (No. P-LIP-18-115). Project researcher and manager: Dr Monika Kareniauskaitė, researcher Dr Sigita Černevičiūtė.