This book examines the potential impact of rape survivors’ traumatic experiences in post-conflict zones. With specific attention given to the experiences of women who were sexually abused during the breakup of the former Yugoslavia, it addresses the sexuality of survivors, which has so far been inadequately researched, and challenges the stereotypical and victimized images and narrations that have so far prevailed in academic and public discourse about women survivors while exploring the effects of those narratives on the political, social and economic status of the survivors themselves.
Methodologically innovative, the book questions the processes of re-victimization that can follow fieldwork with survivors and introduces the theoretical and practical foundations of applied drama and community theater as a research approach in this field, revealing its potential as a means of expressing a range of ethnographic, anthropological and case-study research findings. Based on the narratives of advocates, scholars and different social stakeholders, together with new drama-based methodologies employed directly with survivors, Sexuality after War Rape: From Narrative to Embodied Research offers a sensitive and ethically-responsible research approach to contesting assumptions about the sexualities of survivors of sexual violence and revealing the emancipatory potential of testifying.
This book will appeal to scholars of sociology and gender studies, victimology and sexuality.
Table of Contents
1. Researching War-Rape Narratives
1.1 Important Ethical Questions and Potential Risks
1.2 Body as a Research Territory: From Verbal to Embodied Research Practices
2. Imagining the (Ethno)Sexualities
2. 1 Contextual Understanding of Sexuality and Sexual Violence
2.2 The Epistemological Evolution of Ethnosexuality through Violence in the Balkans
2.3 (A)Sexualized Rape Survivors as Imagined Community
3. Creating the War-Rape Story
3.1 From Eternal Victims to Sexual Predators
4. Narrating A(na)esthetics of Sexuality and Violence
5. Critical Reflection Embodied
5.1 Drama-based Practice wtih Survivors
5.2 Performative Act as a Critical Response of Research Process
6. Thinking the Desire Aftermath
Nena Močnik holds a PhD in Balkan Studies (University of Ljubljana, Slovenia). She is a postdoctoral researcher at Turku Institute for Advanced Studies and researcher at SELMA, Centre for the Study of Storytelling, Experientiality and Memory, Turku, Finland.