On-line Workshop  «Queering Family Violence: setting agenda for queer wellbeing»

Program in Word and PDF

NB!! Please, notice that the time of sessions stated in the schedule is Helsinki time, which is Eastern European Time (EET).

If you’d like to attend any of the following sections or all of them, please register here.

1 December 2020
Introduction and welcome words
Time: 16:00-16:10
Marianna Muravyeva, University of Helsinki (Finland)
Alexander Kondakov. UCD, Ireland

Session 1. Queering Family Violence: New Theoretical Approaches
Time: 16:20-17.40
– Esra Ummak
Untangling the Relationship between IH and IPV
 – Monika Grønli Rosten
Norwegian Social Research (NOVA), Oslo Metropolitan University (Norway)
BDSM, consent and violence in same sex relationships
– Kris Clarke & Mona Livholts
Faculty of Social Science, University of Helsinki (Finland)
Exploring the intersection of social work and intimate partner violence in queer

3 December 2020
Session 2. Queer Violence at Intersections
Time: 18:00-19:30
– Jen Marchbank
Department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies, Simon Fraser University (Canada), Youth 4 A Change
LGBT Elder Abuse – Intergenerational Arts Prevention
– Nicole Ovesen
Centre for Gender Research, Uppsala University (Sweden)
Queering as disruption: challenging notions of time and progress through stories of IPV in lesbian and queer relationships in Sweden
– Stephane Azarian
Department of Media, Culture, and Language, University of Roehampton (UK)
Out and Queer: when vulnerability meets violence.

4 December 2020
Session 3. Approaches to Queer and Violence
Time: 10:00-11:30
– Helga Eggebø and Elisabet Stubberud
The Norland Research Institute in Bodø (Norway)
Experiences of violence among queer migrants in Norway
– Damien Riggs (Flinders University, Australia), Nik Taylor (University of Canterbury, UK) and Heather Fraser (QUT)
“The Link” Between Animal and Human Directed Violence in LGBTQ+ People’s Lives
– Kseniya Kirichenko
ILGA World
When Global Meets Local: UN Human Rights Mechanisms on Queer Family Violence

Closing words
Time: 11.30-12.00


NB! The dates of the workshop have been changed! Instead of 23-27 of November the workshop will be held on 1-4 of December!

Call for Papers: Queering Family Violence, WS1


The project ‘Queering Family Violence: Violence against LGBTQI+ family members in the past and present societies’ (QFV) invites scholars engaging with queer theory, gender studies, social work, law, and sociology to participate in the on-line workshop  ‘Queering Family Violence: setting agenda for queer wellbeing’ which will be held on the 23-27 November 2020. Each day we plan to spend around 2 hours in fruitful and meaningful conversations.

The workshop starts the discussion on violence against LGBTQI+ people or perpetrated by them in the private settings of the family. We invite contributions on the diverse forms violence takes, as well as on theoretical frameworks and methodologies used for studying violence, histories of queer family violence, and the ways institutions deal with it. The workshop is designed to go beyond the intimate partner violence frame and consider family violence by/against other family members such as parents, children, or others. We aim to focus on a variety of family constellations where queerness is part of the picture: whether it is a same-sex family, a family with queer children, or a heterosexual family where one of the parents comes out as gay.

The workshop will consist of the following sessions:

            • Theoretical approaches to family violence: from psychology to law to social science
            • Violence between queer intimate partners: approaches and studies
            • Violence against queer children: main issues
            • Violence against queer elderly: from families to institutions

What You Need to Do to Take Part

If you are interested to make a contribution to one of these topics, submit your proposal by 2 November 2020 here: For further information and details, contact Anna Avdeeva at or

Please mind that we are looking for a short online contribution (a 10-minute presentation). We will make the selection of papers by  9 November 2020. To facilitate a meaningful discussion, each participant will be asked to write an entry for our blog that will be published a week before the conference and make a short 10-minutes presentation of their key points. All blog entries will be open for public comments (with strict moderation rules).

Details of the Project

QFV aims at bringing together the studies of violence against LGBTQI+ people and research on private family life. Our objective is to scrutinise long-term patterns of violence in various intimate relationships. By doing so, we intend to explore different ways to improve well-being of LGBTQI+ people and societies in general. Thus, the project participants will analyse, discuss, and develop ideas for legal and social work guidelines related to integration of queer victims of violence in the Nordic welfare systems. See more at:

Trigger Warning

The project QFV is dedicated to detailed analysis and discussion of violent instances in private settings. This kind of information may be upsetting and disturbing. If you believe that it can have a negative impact on your health and well-being, please abstain from taking part in this event in any role.

Funding Disclosure

The project QFV is funded by Joint Committee for Nordic Research Councils for the Humanities and the Social Sciences (NOS-HS).


QFV team

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