Sexual Harassment in Higher Education (SHHE) Conference

Wednesday 2nd December 2015, 12.00 – 6.30pm, Richard Hoggart Building Small Cinema, Goldsmiths, University of London

Registration is free and everyone is welcome.

Keynote speakers: Dr. Alison Phipps, University of Sussex, Prof. Heidi Mirza, Goldsmiths, University of London, and Prof. Sara Ahmed, Goldsmiths, University of London.

Sexual harassment of students by academic staff is prevalent in higher education but this issue has received little scrutiny. This one day, workshop-based conference aims to investigate the way sexual harassment in higher education between staff and students unfolds institutionally and how it intersects with other embodied experiences of power. Key questions include:

• How does the problem of sexual harassment (fail to) appear in institutional space? What mechanisms work to hide it?
• How can sexual harassment be discussed in its complicated relation to power, including the hierarchical power of the university and the other forms of power bound up with experiences of sexual harassment?
• Specifically, how do race, class, gender, sexuality or cis privilege play out in experiences of sexual violence in universities?

The conference will be organised around two keynote presentations and 75 minute breakout workshop sessions to enable participants to engage in smaller group discussions.


  • Intersecting forms of power and the experiences of black and minority ethnic women (facilitated by Imkaan)
  • Trans* activists and anti-harassment activist approaches to addressing sexual harassment and trans* discrimination in higher education (facilitated by Rain René_ Hornstein)
  • Institutional and legal responsibilities (facilitated by End Violence Against Women)
  • Disclosures of sexual harassment – developing strategies in how to respond (Bristol Against Violence and Abuse Group)
  • Building inter-institutional links and networks (facilitated by Anna Bull, Tiffany Page and Leila Whitley)

We encourage attendance by postgraduate and undergraduate students, academic and professional staff, student unions and other groups that deal with sexual harassment in higher education. There will be time during the day to share knowledge as well as learn skills. We hope this will be the start of continued discussions and interventions into sexual harassment occurring within higher education.

This event is supported by Goldsmiths, Goldsmiths Student Union, the Centre for Feminist Research, and the Centre for Cultural Studies