Dr Ruth Sanz Sabido of the School of MAD will present work in progress.

Canterbury Christ Church University
School of Media Art and Design

Research Seminars 2017-2018
25 April 2018
4.15pm-5.30pm

Powell Building – Pg06
North Holmes Road Campus
Canterbury Christ Church University
Canterbury
CT1 1QU

Representations of rape, force and consent in the media
Speaker: Dr Ruth Sanz Sabido, Canterbury Christ Church University

The number of news stories covering cases of rape and sexual assault seemed to have increased recently, even before #MeToo became a newsworthy online movement. Specific cases nationally (e.g. Ched Evans, the Irish rugby rape case) and internationally (e.g. Brock Turner, and cases in Colombia, India and Spain) had caught the news media’s attention, leading to various sorts of reactions and public debate. Celebrities and other public figures had also publicly ‘admitted’ that this has ‘happened’ to them, a trend that has grown exponentially since #MeToo came about. One of the positive aspects of #MeToo, and Slutwalk before that, is that issues around rape and consent have been discussed more widely, moving – to a certain extent – beyond the typical episodic framing of rape cases. This work-in-progress project seeks to flesh out these issues in further detail by analysing a range of news stories and other media material to identify how media representations can be problematic for the ways in which we understand and respond to rape.

Dr Ruth Sanz Sabido is Senior Lecturer in Media and Communication at Canterbury Christ Church University. She is the author of Memories of the Spanish Civil War: Conflict and Community in Rural Spain (2016). Ruth is Chair and founder of the MeCCSA Social Movements Network (2013-Present), having previously chaired the MeCCSA Postgraduate Network (2011-2013), and coordinated the IAMCR Mentorship Programme (2012-2015).

Powell Building – Pg06
North Holmes Road Campus

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