‘Violence, the body and the spaces of intimate terrorism’ – Professor Jo Little (University of Exeter, UK)

The Work/Industry Futures Research Program hosted a visit by Professor Jo Little (University of Exeter, UK) to QUT.

Jo is a Professor of Geography and Gender at the University of Exeter, UK.  She has worked extensively on gender issues in rural communities.  Her earlier work focused on women and rural employment and then on rural gender identities.  In the last ten years she has worked on issues of safety and violence in rural communities, most recently in work on domestic violence in SW England.  Jo has worked mainly in the UK but has also been involved in collaborative research with colleagues in Auckland, Otago and Adelaide.

Based on her current research on domestic violence in rural areas, Professor Little gave a seminar at QUT on 10 July, based on the abstract below.


Based on my current research on domestic violence in rural areas, in this paper I adopt a spatial perspective that interrogates the idea that, in Springer’s words, ‘Violence sits in places’ and seeks to draw attention to the experiences of those living with violence in rural communities. This paper develops a framework that draws on the conceptualization of DV as ‘intimate war’, a conceptualization that not only positions DV in terms of political and academic attention but also highlights different aspects of DV – drawing attention, for example, to notions of surveillance and entrapment.  It offers new understandings to DV in rural areas – here I explore these both theoretically and empirically drawing on case study research undertaken in the SW of the UK.



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