Friday I attended a victimology conference in Stockholm coordinated by the Swedish crime victim compensation authority. I spoke about how women’s shelters are using facebook.
Women’s shelters and girl’s clubs in Sweden have a sincere desire to have a strong and active web presence, but there is also a pervasive feeling that they lack the time and skill set to create such a site. Facebook is, by default, becoming the public face for most of these shelters. This is due partly to Facebook being understood as ‘where people are’ in the contemporary moment, but also because creating, hosting and updating a page there is relatively easy. Facebook is also understood by theses places as something of a double-edged sword, especially when the site is a persona rather than a group. This talk will discuss facebook usage in women’s shelters and girls clubs in Sweden from a close reading of these sites and interviews with 6 women’s shelters in southern Sweden.
The talk went really well, and the conference itself was so interesting. The keynote speaker, Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela, spoke about trauma and victimhood from her work on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Both her keynote talks were captivating. I can’t wait to read more of her work.