Seed Funding Outcomes Announced

MAEVe would like to announce the success of the following grants in last month's Seed Funding round, led by the arts faculty:

Social Norms and Gender Violence: A Genealogy of the Concept from Public Health to Global Policy 

CI - Dr Kalissa Alexeyeff

Gender inequality is increasingly understood as a problem caused by social norms, with transformation of social norms becoming the dominant model for promoting gender equality globally. Although the concept of social norms was originally adopted to avoid culture-blaming and an excessive focus on the individual as the locus of change in gender justice work, it appears to replicate exactly these problems. This project investigates the genealogy of ‘social norms’ in order to understand its suitability for tackling complex formations of inequality within which gender-based violence is embedded. Outcomes will inform both academic and policy usage of ‘social norms’.

A Framework for Intersectional Analysis of Gendered Violence in the Media 

CI - Dr Amanda Gilbertson

This project aims to develop a methodology for analysing media representations of gender based violence in relation to other forms of violence and structural inequalities. Previous studies demonstrate that victims, perpetrators and violence are represented differently depending on factors such as race, economic status, religion and geographic location. However, we currently do not have tools that enable analysis of how representations of different communities shape public understandings of gendered violence – its causes, nature and appropriate societal responses. This project will explore media in two countries – India and Australia – in order to build a framework that can be adapted for application transnationally.

In addition, MAEVe will support the Global Network on Justice, Conflict and Responsibility by funding a focused symposium examining the potential for the creative arts to prevent gendered violence