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Gender, Culture and Identities Dialogues

DB-A06 (Lord Dearing Building)
09 March 2017 (18:00-19:00)

Giovanna Comerio

Dr Lily Yu


This talk addresses issues posed by sexual encounters from a double perspective. On the one hand, it illustrates the concept of the ‘spectrum of rape’ to contest common understandings of what constitutes sexual violence and, in concomitance, sheds light on the gendered constructs which underpin its many expressions. In the process, the talk touches upon the concept of ‘rape culture’ to show how everyday conversations and popular culture trivialize and normalize sexual violence as either a natural expression of male desire or as an unfortunate incident. On the other hand, it introduces the concept of ‘affirmative consent’ to rethink wholly sexual relationships and therefore valorize reciprocity and continued communication as healthy practices to express sexual desires and fantasies.

Dr Maria Elena Indelicato has a BA and MA (with Honours) in Communication Studies, Sapienza University of Rome. She completed her doctorate at the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies, University of Sydney. During her stay in Sydney, she worked as researcher in a drop-in service center for victims of domestic violence. Dr Indelicato is currently a Lecturer at the Department of Media and Communication, Ningbo Institute of Technology, Zhejiang University.

About the ‘Gender, Culture and Identities Dialogues’


With a focus on gender, culture and identities, the series broadens the learning experience of students from all faculties.  Staff from different schools and campuses, speakers from student societies and the broader community will meet students and give them an opportunity to discuss and learn together.   Students will explore the identity through the notions of gender, identity, and culture. Topics will range from gender to feminism, from women and career to masculinity, and intercultural communication. 

The series is supported by the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

 Once a month:

  • Meet in a supportive and stimulating environment
  • Share your views and opinions about various aspects of identity
  • Talk with scholars from different disciplines and experts from various backgrounds