Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS)


Violence, gender and discourse: an interdisciplinary workshop

24 November 2023, 10:00 am–4:00 pm

mannequins in display for (In)Justice - November 25 is the international day against domestic violence

This workshop is for research students and staff who are working in the fields of violence, gender, and discourse to come together, share their research, and interrogate the interdisciplinary and international synergies and discontinuities that emerge.

This event is free.

Event Information

Open to

All | UCL staff | UCL students






Gender and Feminism Research Network


IAS Common Ground
G11, ground floor, South Wing
UCL, Gower Street, London
United Kingdom

There will be a series of invited presentations followed by group work and discussion with all participants. Please note, this is an in-person event and places are limited so please register to attend: https://violence-gender-discourse.eventbrite.co.uk

For enquiries, please email ucl.gfrn@ucl.ac.uk or john.gray@ucl.ac.uk

The workshop will be interactive and prioritise opportunities for discussion. The main themes to be discussed on the day will include:

  • Exploring the interrelationships between violence, gender and discourse
  • Interrogating how disciplinary and empirical contexts shape relationships between violence, gender and discourse
  • Questioning how different methodologies inform what it is possible to know about violence, gender and discourse

By bringing together staff and students from different disciplines and with knowledge of diverse empirical and country contexts this workshop seeks to generate fresh insights, creative solutions, and expand communities of practice. Confirmed speakers include:


  • Rommy Anabalon Schaaf – The making of precarious female English language teachers in Chile
  • Lottie Howard-Merrill: Silences, scripts and surprises: How forced marriage is understood and addressed in school communities in London
  • Angelique Mulholland: "Retaliate first": Exploring the violent vulnerabilities of adult male prisoners
  • Jenny Parkes: 'Falling through the cracks: why sexual exploitation by teachers is missing from development interventions’
  • Talen Wright: The impact of micro-aggressions on trans people and experiences of suicidality
  • Zhuanxu Xu – Materialities and lived experiences of trans people in contemporary China

University of Valencia

  • Carmina Gregori - Activism against Gender-based Violence. The case of A rapist in your path  
  • José Santaemilia - Researching violence against women in the Spanish media: Naming practices and blame attribution  
  • Miguel Fuster-Márquez - The construction of Vox and gender violence in the Spanish press 2015 to 2020  
  • Sergio Maruenda-Bataller - Violence against women in Spain: Media reporting, ethics and (dis)information.  
  • Elena Castellano - Questioning the (female) victims' innocence: Re-negotiating gendered violence in true crime audiovisual narratives  

The workshop is co-organised by the UCL Centre for Applied Linguistics, the UCL Gender and Feminism Research Network and the Department of English and German at the University of Valencia, Spain. It will bring together research students and staff at UCL and colleagues from the University of Valencia who are working at the intersections of violence, gender and discourse.

Image credit: Photo by Mika Baumeister on Unsplash