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Dr Yvette Russell gives Keynote at the Sex and Consent in the Age of #MeToo Workshop in Sydney

Press release issued: 25 November 2019

Dr Yvette Russell recently travelled to Sydney, Australia to give a keynote address to delegates at the Sex and Consent in the Age of #MeToo Workshop, hosted by the Centre for Agency, Values and Ethics and the School of Law at Macquarie University.

In her lecture entitled: ‘Decolonising sexual violence: Erotic transformation as revolutionary politics’ Dr Russell sought to investigate the theoretical steps necessary to support a revolutionary agenda to end sexual violence.   She argued that if we are truly interested in erotic transformation as a way to both end sexual violence and to think desire and affectivity otherwise, we must engage in this work as a component of thinking revolutionary change more broadly.  Drawing on the work of indigenous Māori feminist scholars, Dr Russell claimed that feminist anti-rape scholarship must look beyond the act of rape as its point of departure for resisting praxis and instead orientate itself around radical ontologies of sexuate being that offer an alternative to those through which rape culture currently proliferates.  You can read more about Dr Russell’s work in this area here and in a paper forthcoming next year in the journal Signs

Linda Martín Alcoff, Professor of Philosophy at City University New York, delivered the workshop’s other keynote on the limits to the concept of consent and workshop participants heard presentations over two-days on a variety of topics, including: rape law reform, anti-rape activism, and consent in history.

Commenting on the workshop Dr Russell said: “It was a great privilege to meet with and speak to so many fantastic scholars, activists and lawyers whose work, primarily in Australia, is having such a big impact on the field more broadly.  My own work has great resonance with the important research currently being done by Aboriginal and First Nations scholars and activists to address the legacy and ongoing reality of colonialism and sexual violence in Australia.”

Further information

Dr Yvette Russell is a Senior Lecturer in Law and Feminist Theory. Her research areas include: continental philosophy, feminist and queer theory, psychoanalysis, race and decolonisation, criminal justice and criminal law, and sexual offences. Prior to joining Bristol Law School in September 2014, Yvette Russell worked for three years as a government adviser in New Zealand on child and youth justice issues, was a teaching fellow at the University of Reading from 2011 to 2012 and was a lecturer at Queen’s University Belfast from 2012 to 2014.  She was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand in 2006 and is the Academic Editor of the international law journal Feminist Legal Studies.

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