The session has been deliberately organized to include presentations from historians working on projects widely dispersed in both time and space. Since sexual violence has been a feature of human experiences in most eras and regions, we as historians have a particularly significant perspective to contribute to current public conversations. Our professional lens focuses on how people have understood events, interactions, and power relationships in their particular contexts of place and time. And so this panel features new research examining treatment of enslaved Muslim women in late medieval southern Europe, the archives of slavery in North America, and colonial era precursors of the intersections of sexual consent or its absence and political power in contemporary South Africa.
(Quotation from David A. Farenthold, “Trump Recorded Having Extremely Lewd Conversation about Women in 2005,” Washington Post, October 8, 2016, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-recorded-having-extremely-lewd-conversation-about-women-in-2005/2016/10/07/3b9ce776-8cb4-11e6-bf8a-3d26847eeed4_story.html, accessed February 15, 2018.)