Reading the Archive after #metoo

The next session of the Virtual History of Psychology Workshop will take place on November 18th at 1pm EST. This month’s event explores “Reading the Archive after #metoo.” Those interested in attending can register for the event here.

Reading the Archive after #metoo
Virtual History of Psychology Workshop
November 18, 2020 1-2pm EST

In the fall of 2017 sexual harassment came to the forefront of public conversation. Accounts of harassment and its consequences soon proliferated under the banner of the #metoo movement, first organized by Tarana Burke more than a decade earlier. While ‘sexual harassment’ as a distinct term only emerged in the 1970s, unwanted sexual attention has long had a presence in, and impact on, people’s lives. As historians of the human sciences operating in the post-#metoo era, how might we read the archive for traces of sexual harassment in the lives of our historical actors? What challenges and opportunities present themselves by attending to sexual harassment’s presence in the archive? How can we productively engage with sexual harassment as both an experience and exercise of power? What kinds of sources lend themselves to revealing these kinds of stories? How might an awareness of sexual harassment and its dynamics inform understandings of who our historical actors were and the knowledge they produced? In this session, we will explore these questions and consider how sexual harassment may inform histories beyond those explicitly centred around gender.

Young, J. L., & Hegarty, P. (2019). Reasonable men: Sexual harassment and norms of conduct in social psychology. Feminism & Psychology, 29(4), 453–474.

Stanley, A. (2018, September 24). Writing the History of Sexual Assault in the Age of #MeToo. Perspectives on History, November 2018. /perspectives-on-history/november-2018/writing-the-history-of-sexual-assault-in-the-age-of-metoo

Kristof, N. (2019, May 27). It’s Taken 5 Decades to Get the Ph.D. Her Abusive Professor Denied Her. The New York Times.

About Jacy Young

Jacy Young is a professor at Quest University Canada. A critical feminist psychologist and historian of psychology, she is committed to critical pedagogy and public engagement with feminist psychology and the history of the discipline.