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Sexual Violence Conference

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START DATE 17 September 2015
START TIME 12:30pm

Middlesex University, The Burroughs, Hendon, London, NW4 4BT

END DATE 18 September 2015
END TIME 04:30pm

The Rickett Quadrangle at Middlesex University

We are pleased to be holding the second Middlesex University Sexual Violence Conference on Thursday 17 and Friday 18 September 2015.

The conference will bring together practitioners, policy makers and academics who work in the field of sexual violence, to share their knowledge and understanding.

The 1.5 day conference, starting on the Thursday lunchtime, will consist of keynote lectures, symposia, individual oral papers, and poster presentations. We will host an exhibition of visual art on the theme of sexual violence, and sexual violence prevention, to provoke further thought and discussion. There will also be opportunities for networking and socialising.

Keynote speakers confirmed so far are:

Nazir Afzal OBE

Nazir was Chief Crown Prosecutor for the North West of England and formerly Director in London. During his 24 year career, Nazir has prosecuted some of the most high profile cases in the country and advised on many others. Nazir has campaigned tirelessly on a range of issues including violence against women and girls, child sexual abuse, and honour based violence. He has advised UK government ministers and trains lawyers and judges from other countries. His prosecutions of the so called Rochdale grooming gang, BBC presenter Stuart Hall and hundreds of others were groundbreaking and drove the work that has changed the landscape of child protection, particularly girls.

Nazir is a tutor for several leadership programmes in the public and private sector and has made presentations to dozens of diverse organisations in this country and abroad. He is on the European Union and Council of Europe list of expert speakers. Nazir is also legal advisor to the BBC EastEnders drama series, sits as a trustee of several NGOs and is former Chair of the Prince of Wales' Mosaic Trust. He is Pro Chancellor of  Brunel University, an Honorary Fellow of the University of Central Lancashire and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Law by the University of Birmingham. In 2005 he was awarded an OBE by the Queen for his work with the CPS and involvement with local communities.

Bryony Beynon

Bryony Beynon is an independent campaigner, writer and organiser from south Wales, living in south London. As co-founder of the London wing of Hollaback, the global movement to end street harassment, for five years, in addition to collecting many hundreds of mapped testimonies, Bryony has appeared across the media including the BBC, The Guardian and Independent challenging the social dynamics that enable the phenomenon and working to challenge it through education workshops, self-publishing and community advocacy projects. Bryony has sat on the advisory board of Project Guardian, the TfL and BTP initiative to end unwanted sexual behaviour on London's public transport, since its inception and is campaigning for network-wide posters. In 2014, she initiated the Good Night Out Campaign to tackle and prevent the harassment of women and LGBT+ people on nights out. She has since trained several hundred staff members within the night time economy across the UK on handling disclosures and using a person-centred approach, including clubs like Fabric and Ministry of Sound. She has developed and delivered bespoke training for Southwark Council's Women's Safety Charter and Drinkaware club hosts scheme pilot in Nottinghamshire. Bryony also works as a training facilitator for the Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre, delivering sex and relationships education to young people and professionals training around sexual violence myths and perpetrator tactics to multi-agency professionals across London. She is interested in the preservation of the material culture of the radical left, especially its feminist currents, and is a core staff collective member of Mayday Rooms archive on Fleet Street. Bryony writes a monthly column for the longest running punk magazine Maximum Rocknroll, and sings, plays guitar and drums (not simultaneously) in several bands.

Professor Gerd Bohner, University of Bielfeld, Germany

Gerd Bohner is Professor of Social Psychology at the University of Bielefeld. His areas of research interest include basic and applied aspects of attitudes, persuasion, social cognition, gender issues and sexual violence. He developed the Acceptance of Modern Myths About Sexual Aggression (AMMSA) Scale as well as measures of rape proclivity, and has published widely in journals such as Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Psychology of Women Quarterly, Aggressive Behavior, and the Journal of Interpersonal Violence. He currently serves as associate editor of the European Journal of Social Psychology and was founding editor-in chief of the journal Social Psychology. For more information about Gerd see the University of Bielefeld website.

Professor Barbara Krahé, University of Potsdam, Germany

Barbara Krahé is Professor of Social Psychology at the University of Potsdam. Her research interests lie in the area of applied social psychology, in particular aggression research (sexual aggression, media violence and aggression) and social cognition research applied to legal decision-making (rape myths and biases in judgements about sexual assault). She is co-author (with Jennifer Temkin) of Sexual Assault and the Justice Gap: A Question of Attitude, published in 2008 and was involved in the project "Youth Sexual Aggression and Victimization" (Y-SAV) funded by the European Agency for Health and Consumers. She is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society and a member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities. For more information about Barbara see the University of Potsdam website.

The conference has the following themes:

  • Sexual offences on public transport
  • Community activism against sexual violence
  • Preventing sexual violence
  • New technology and sexual violence.

However, we welcome submissions in any area of sexual violence research, policy or practice (please see the call for papers for further details).

Important dates

  • The closing date for abstracts is Friday 1 May 2015
  • Early-bird registration fees are available until Friday 17 July 2015

Important information

All proposals should be submitted electronically to Carol Brophy. Paper and poster proposals should consist of an abstract that is no longer than 250 words. Symposium proposals should include a 250 summary of the overarching themes/aims of the symposium, with a 150 word abstract for each of the papers within it.

If you have any questions about the conference, please contact the conference organisers Jackie Gray; Susan Hansen or Miranda Horvath.

Abstracts will be reviewed by a panel of staff from Middlesex University. The decisions made by the panel are final.

Announcement of selected abstracts will be made by 22nd May 2015.

Guidance for Oral and Poster presentations will be forwarded to the Authors of successful submissions.

PLEASE NOTE: If your proposal is accepted, you will need to pay for your conference registration/attendance.

The programme from the previous conference in 2011 can be seen here.


Full Conference (1.5 days)

Day 1 only

Day 2 only

Early Bird*




Full Fee












Group bookings of 4 or more from same organisation

10% reduction per person

5% reduction per person

5% reduction per person

* Available until the 17th July

If you wish to join the conversation on social media, we'd like to suggest the hashtag #SVconf2015.


To register and pay for your place at the conference, please visit our online store.


To download the Sexual Violence Conference programme please click here.

How to get here

The conference is held at our main campus in Hendon, north London, which is located 10 minutes from the Northern Line and Thameslink rail line, both of which take you to central London in under 30 minutes.

For directions and maps please click here.


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