SVRN Update – Post-conference thanks and future plans

Dear all,

Everyone at the SVRN hopes you, your families, your communities, and your networks have been as safe as possible during this period of pandemic. Any words we say here aren’t enough, especially in light of the hugely escalating state violence across the world, but know our thoughts (and hopefully our actions) are with you.

SVRN Post-Conference Update

The SVRN has been uncharacteristically quiet since our second annual conference at the start of April, which we held via Zoom with almost all scheduled participants taking part and enjoying two days of really interesting papers, conversations, and the growing SVRN community. We want to thank everyone who took part, especially our keynotes Professor Micol Seigel and Dr Laurence Cox.

The reason we’ve been so quiet, beyond the general stresses of lockdown, has mainly been due to work and other academic commitments. As I write this, I am awaiting my PhD viva. I submitted my thesis not long after the conference, and have necessarily had to take the time to finish the thesis draft off and begin preparation for my viva. Other SVRN members have been negotiating lockdown working conditions for their own PhD work, while others have been busy with child care, working from home, caring for families and communities, and negotiating an increasingly difficult job market, especially in the universities sector.

But, we are undeterred! The SVRN is still here, we are planning new events (which will almost definitely take place online), and forging ahead with planning for the next SVRN conference, to be held in April 2021. The most important thing for the continuity of the network at the moment is securing funding, or finding workarounds for a lack of funding for the foreseeable future. We are working on identifying new sources of funding, but whatever the results, the SVRN fully aims to continue its work.

How can you get involved?

Though there haven’t been any episodes since the conference, the SVRN podcast is still something we are actively engaged in. If you would like to take part in a podcast episode, please send us an email to stateviolenceresearchnetwork{at}gmail.com with the subject ‘Podcast’.

The SVRN blog is also still online, and we are actively seeking blog posts, especially in light of the current situation. If you’d like to write a blog post for the SVRN, send an email to stateviolenceresearchnetwork{at}gmail.com with the subject ‘Blog’.

We are also looking for people to get involved with our working groups and with conference organisation. If this is something you’re interested in, please take a look at our ‘Working Groups’ page by clicking here, or by sending us an email to the above address.

We’re sorry to have been so quiet recently, but life got in the way. We are still here, and still growing. Come and join us as a member by clicking here and filling in the form.

Thank you for your understanding, and we look forward to reconnecting with you soon!

In solidarity,

George, SVRN Co-Facilitator

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