Sexual violence and safety at Australian music festivals

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Bianca Fileborn You are invited to this public research seminar, livestreamed on Zoom Webinar, by Dr Bianca Fileborn (University of Melbourne), as part of the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society (ARCSHS) Research and Practice Seminar Series.

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Wednesday 16 September 2020 04:00 pm until Wednesday 16 September 2020 05:00 pm (Add to calendar)
Dr Renae Fomiatti
Presented by:
Dr Bianca Fileborn
Type of Event:
Public Lecture; Seminar/Workshop/Training; Public
Free - Registration required

Sexual violence and safety at Australian music festivals

Music festivals are a central feature of the Australian cultural landscape – an opportunity to hear our favourite bands (and discover new ones), reinforce our social belonging, and perhaps kick back with a few drinks or other substances. However, anecdotally, sexual violence and harassment are rife at music festivals as illustrated through recent media reporting and industry-led campaigns. While music festivals have been examined as sociologically important sites, virtually no research to date has considered how they might simultaneously function as sites of harm and violence. Drawing on findings from a collaborative pilot project, in this talk I will examine the nature and extent of sexual violence, and issues pertaining to safety in general, at Australian music festivals. Taking up the concepts of ‘carnival’ and ‘assemblage’, I argue that sexual violence at festivals must be understood as unfolding in fluid and context-specific ways that demand unique responses.

About Dr Bianca Fileborn

Dr Bianca Fileborn (she/her, they/their) is a Lecturer in Criminology, University of Melbourne. She is currently an ARC DECRA Fellow, and her project examines victim-centred justice responses to street harassment in Australia. Dr Fileborn’s recent research is focused on the intersections of sexual and gender-based violence, space/place, identity and culture. Bianca is the author of Reclaiming the night-time economy: unwanted sexual attention in licensed venues, and co-editor of #MeToo and the politics of social change (Palgrave). You can follow them on Twitter via @snappyalligator.


This event will be livestreamed over Zoom. The seminar is open to all attendees, but to reduce the chance of disruptions, we ask that you register your email address.

This event will not be live-captioned.

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