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Sexual Misconduct in Academia
Informing an Ethics of Care in the University

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ISBN 9781032277516
March 14, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
264 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book is about experiences of sexual misconduct in the everyday spaces of academia and what and how we can learn from experience to inform an Ethics of Care in the University.

By bringing wide range of lived experiences of students, staff and researchers out of their current marginalised positions within academic discussions, the book offers a deeper understanding of sexual misconduct in the academy for both students and staff. Each of the chapters offer not only opportunities for conversation and reflection, but address and suggest what responses to academic sexual misconduct could and should involve. By presenting collective accounts of experiencing, witnessing, researching and writing sexual misconduct in academic spaces, Sexual Misconduct in Academia examines how to develop ethical pedagogical practices, if an ethics of care is to be truly implemented or transformed.

This book is suitable for students and scholars in Gender Studies, Education and Sociology

Table of Contents


Sarah Ives and Annie Bartos


Erin Pritchard and Delyth Edwards

Part I: The Intersectionality of Identities and Recognition

1: Casualties of Colonialism: Indigenous Women, Systemic Violence, and Precarity

Keri-Lynn Cheechoo

2: Sexual misconduct through inequality and precarity

Lena Wånggren

3: Uncovering Gender Disparity and Sexual Misconduct: A Quest towards Inviting (Trans-multi) Culturally Responsive Education

Latika Raisinghani and Poonam Bhagchandani

4: Whose power? Uncovering non-paradigm experiences of violence and abuse in feminist fieldwork

Poppy Gerrard-Abbott

Part II: Fieldwork Identities and Pedagogy

5: Predicaments of Power: Trust-based sexualized violence in ethnographic fieldwork

Laura Thurmann

6: The unspoken experiences of ethnography: overcoming boundaries of (un)accepted behaviours

Simona Palladino

7: "No, you’re not doing your research today. This is us spending some nice time together": Coercive Behaviour, Sexual Harassment and being ‘working class’ in the ‘field’

Delyth Edwards

8: Unveiling Sexual Harassment in Spanish Archaeology

Apen Ruiz Martinez, María Coto-Sarmiento, Lara Delgado Anés, Lourdes López MartÍnez, Ana Pastor Pérez and María Yubero

Part III: Disclosure, Complaint and Recognition

9: Sexual Misconduct in Academic Liminal Spaces: Auto-ethnographic Reflections on Complaint and Institutional Response

Alexandria Petit-Thorne

10: Sexual Violence: Challenges in Changing Campus Culture

Kimberly M Hill and Melanie Crofts

Part IV: First Responders and Institutional Support

11: Developing ethical pedagogical practices: exploring violence prevention work with academics

Suzanne Egan and Natasha Mikitas

12: The Walls Spoke When No One Else Would: Auto-Ethnographic Notes on Sexual-Power Gatekeeping within Avant-Garde Academia

Lieselotte Viaene, Catarina Laranjeiro and Anonymous female scholar


Anna Bull

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Delyth Edwards is Lecturer in Inclusion, Childhood and Youth in the School of Education, University of Leeds, and was previously Lecturer in the Sociology of Childhood and Youth at Liverpool Hope University. As well as contributing a chapter to this edited book, Delyth is currently revising an article exploring her own experience of sexual harassment in ethnographic research.

Erin Pritchard is a Senior Lecturer in Disability Studies at Liverpool Hope University and a core member of the Centre for Culture and Disability Studies. She has published a monograph for the Routledge Disability Studies Interdisciplinary Series, entitled ‘Dwarfism, Spatialities and Disabling Experiences’. She has previously published an article entitled ‘Female researcher safety: the difficulties of recruiting participants at conventions for people with dwarfism’ published in the International Journal of Social Research Methods. She is also a guest writer for the National Sexual Violence Resource Center.