Sexuality, Oppression and Human Rights


The Project

Welcome to the Sexuality, Oppression and Human Rights Project. This inclusive interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research and publishing project seeks perspectives from those engaged in any field of study or activity related to sexual exploitation, sexual violence and the rights of individuals. The participation of activists, representatives of NGOs, religious groups, lawyers, civil servants, artists, writers, film-makers, clinicians, doctors, scholars and individuals who have direct experience as either victims or facilitators of oppression. Academic disciplines include, but are not confined to, media and film studies, performance and creative writing, cultural theory, sociology, criminology, critical race studies, queer studies, psychology and medical studies.

The Issues

The Sexuality, Oppression and Human Rights project will explore and assess a number of core themes: early research streams include

  • Child abuse
  • Domestic violence and the family
  • Religion, sexuality and oppression
  • Sexual slavery, exploitation and trafficking
  • War time rape and state-sanctioned prostitution

Related themes will also be identified for development and exploration. Out of our deliberations it is anticipated that a series of related cross context research projects will develop.

Project Map and Outcomes

The project’s structure allows for in-depth explorations of individual platforms and the relationships with each other as well as more focused workshops and seminars, including courses, programmes, schools and other related activities.