Professor Joanna Bourke of the Department of History, Classics and Archaeology at Birkbeck College, University of London, will deliver the Michael King Memorial Lecture at the University of Otago on Thursday 18 July from 5.30pm.
Born in Blenheim, Professor Bourke gained a BA and MA from the University of Auckland before completing a PhD at the Australian National University, Canberra. A child of medical missionaries, Professor Bourke spent periods of her childhood in Zambia, the Solomon Islands and Haiti and these experiences shape much of her scholarship. This has dealt with gender history, working-class culture, war and masculinity, the cultural history of fear, and the history of rape.
Professor Bourke’s lecture, which is entitled “Why Are You Doing This To Me? Sexual Violence in the Past and Today”, is open to the public.