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Reframing Discourse on Sexual Harassment in Conferences


Reframing Discourse on Sexual Harassment in Conferences
Viable alternative approaches
Variant attitudes to sexual harassment
Dynamic considerations
Catastrophe theory?
Challenge of engagement
Game park solution?

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New rules of discourse?

This a reflection on a complaint expressed in the newsletter of an international professional society concerning sexual harassment at a previous international conference. It needs to be acknowledged in a manner relevant to the preoccupations of futurists. One approach is to accept the charge as made, to regret the phenomenon, and to explore ways to counter it at future gatherings. The concern here is whether, as futurists, it is not more creative to discover new "rules of discourse" through which such charges can be explored in order to avoid simplistic analyses which have not yet resulted in sustainable solutions. This is a contribution to that process.