Lise Zurné, PhD candidate and lecturer at ESHCC, has been granted the first ESHCC Societal Engagement Award. The award was granted because of her writings, talks and role as (co)founder of the Working Group Safety in the Field. These are all centered around the issue of sexualized harassment and gender-based violence in fieldwork.
In 2014, an American study reported that roughly 70 percent of the 666 field scientists who participated in the survey had experienced sexualized harassment or assault in a fieldwork setting (Clancy, Nelson Rutherford & Honde, 2014). The findings suggest that early-career (women) researchers in particular are victimized/victim to such experiences.
Together with scholars from other universities Lise, among others, established a Working Group at the Netherlands Association for Feminist Anthropology and Gender Studies (LOVA). They have organized several webinars on this topic, a master student has conducted further research, they are working on developing workshops, and they have compiled a special issue of the Journal of Feminist Anthropology and Gender Studies titled Harassment in the Field.
Why this award?
Since this year, the ESHCC Societal Engagement Award has been granted to one of our colleagues who has organized an education, research, or professional service activity with a positive and sustainable impact on the outside world in the previous year. We believe that we as a faculty and as part of EUR have an important role in making our society a little better and we know that many of us are doing this every day. With this award we want to highlight the best examples of societal engagement within our faculty - as something simultaneously to strive for and be proud of.