Research seminar: Public sphere harassment

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Tuesday 27 November 2018

Come to our free lunchtime seminar: 'Public sphere harassment as experienced by VU students,' with Senior Sociology Lecturer, Charlotte Fabiansson.

The College of Arts and Education and the Institute of Sustainable Industries and Liveable Cities brings you this 2018 Research Seminar Series presentation.

Seminar topic

The research explores Australian experiences of verbal, social, cultural, physical and sexual harassment by university students.

Both females and males reported experiences of harassment in a teaching situation, at campuses and when taking public transport. Overall, 27% reported being harassed in a teaching session at VU, and 20% on the University's campuses, though, the females reported more incidences than the males.

The UN declaration of human rights (1948) states the right to be safe in the private and public sphere. However, in practice, the right to be safe is in its interpretation ambiguous as it depends on the social and cultural ideology of the society. Harassment and abuse in the public sphere are often an invisible crime, but exposure to and perception of harassment are significant inhibitors for people to engage in public life.

Public engagement involves activities such as study at a university, public transport to university, walking in the city, and enjoying social events.

Seminar details

  • Date: Tuesday 27 November 2018
  • Time: 12.30pm–1.30pm
  • Venue: Building G, Room G368, Footscray Park Campus
  • RSVP: email [email protected]

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27 November 2018, 12:30pm to 1:30pm


Footscray Park Ballarat Road

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Teah Farrugia
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College of Education
9919 2240