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Jo joined the University of Huddersfield as a Senior Lecturer in Sociology in 2007 having previously taught Sociology at the University of York, the University of East Anglia and Leeds Trinity. Jo completed her PhD (funded by the ESRC) in the Centre for Womens Studies at the Univeristy of York.
Jos PhD explored womens engagement with narratives of childhood sexual abuse and she has since published widely on this subject including the book Contesting Stories of Childhood Sexual Abuse published by PalgraveMacmillan. In addition she has presented her work at both National and International conferences.
Jos interests are broadly within the areas of self and identity, therapeutic and self-help cultures, health and well-being, childhood sexual abuse (including adult victims), narratives, and interpersonal sexual violence and the intersections of these with gender and / or sexuality. Jo is a;
In addition to teaching and research Jo has been involved with Womens Aid for over ten years.
Jo is currently a member of the Institute for Research in Citizenship and Applied Human Sciences, the Centre for Applied Childhood Studies, the Centre for Applied Psychological Research and the Centre for Research in the Social Sciences.
Jos research interests centre broadly in the areas of narrative constructions of self/identity, childhood sexual abuse and interpersonal violence, responses to abuse, and therapeutic and self-help cultures particularly as these intersect with gender and/or sexuality.
Jo is currently developing ideas around dominant narratives of abuse, therapeutic and other responses to violence and abuse, and constructions of identity, including multiple personalities as a response to trauma. She recently completed a small research project looking at on-line support sites for for victims of abuse including those living with multiple personalities.
Woodiwiss, J (2013) ‘Bridging the gap between past and present: Childhood sexual abuse, recovery and the contradictory self’ Women's Studies International Forum , 38, pp. 135-146. ISSN 0277-5395
Woodiwiss, J (2013) ‘Performing the Self: Women, Child Sexual Abuse and Multiple Personalities’. In: BSA Annual Conference 2013 - Engaging Sociology, 3-5 April 2013, London, UK
Woodiwiss, J (2013) ‘Telling Womens Stories’. In: Women's Stories, Women's Lives A Feminist Research Symposium, 8th March 2013, University of Huddersfield, UK
Woodiwiss, J (2012) ‘Surviving child sexual abuse: (re)constructing a sexual self ’. In: Research Festival - School of Human and Health Sciences , 11th-13th September 2012, University of Huddersfield
Woodiwiss, J (2012) ‘Challenges for feminist research contested stories and narrative frameworks ’. In: Opportunities and Challenges in Feminist Narrative Research: A Symposium Event, Friday 22nd June 2012, University of Huddersfield
Woodiwiss, J (2012) ‘Trauma narratives as guides to living: womens engagement with narratives of childhood sexual abuse ’. In: Narrative Matters 2012: Life and Narrative, 29th May - 1st June 2012, Paris, France
Woodiwiss, J (2012) ‘(Re)constructing a sexual self: negotiating sexual scripts ’. In: BSA Annual Conference 2012 - Sociology in an Age of Austerity, 11th-13th April 2012, Leeds, UK
Woodiwiss, J (2012) ‘Negotiating a sexual self ’. In: The 2nd Biannual Irish Sexuality Studies Conference , 8th-10th March 2012, Dublin, Ireland
Woodiwiss, J (2011) ‘Performing the self in a new cultural arena: An escape from turbulent times? ’. In: The 10th European Sociological Association ESA Conference , 7th-10th September 2012, Geneva, Switzerland
Woodiwiss, J (2011) ‘From the public to the private multiple identities in a changing landscape’. In: British Sociological Association Annual Conference 2011, 6th - 8th April 2011, London School of Economics, London, UK
Woodiwiss, J (2011) ‘Why might women identify themselves as victims of childhood sexual abuse? ’. In: The 17th British False Memory Society BFMS Annual General Meeting , 9th April 2011, London, UK
Woodiwiss, J (2010) ‘Gendered narratives of sex, health and well-being’. In: Sociological Perspectives of Health and Illness. Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. pp. 97-114. ISBN 978-1-4438-2548-1
Woodiwiss, J (2010) ‘Constructing multiple selves in a virtual landscape’. In: International Conference Landscapes of the Self: Identity, Discourse Representation, 24th-26th November 2010, Evora, Portugal
Woodiwiss, J (2010) ‘Childhood sexual abuse: a contemporary story’. In: BSA Annual Conference 2010 - Inequalities & Social Justice, 7th-9th April 2010, Glasgow Caledonian University, UK
Woodiwiss, J (2010) ‘A story for our time: contemporary narratives of childhood sexual abuse’. In: Research Festival School of Human and Health Sciences, 8th-18th March 2010, University of Huddersfield
Woodiwiss, J (2010) ‘Why do women identify themselves as victims of childhood sexual abuse?’ The Guardian Newspaper . ISSN 0261-3077
Woodiwiss, J (2009) ‘"Compulsory sexuality": a measure of well-being’. In: 9th Conference of European Sociological Association: ESA 2009, 02 - 05 September 2009, Lisbon, Portugal
Woodiwiss, J (2009) Contesting Stories of Childhood Sexual Abuse . London, UK: Palgrave . ISBN 9780230574045
Woodiwiss, J (2009) ‘Constructing stories of childhood sexual abuse’. In: Fourth International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, University of Athens, Greece 8-11 July 2009, 8-11 July 2009, University of Athens, Greece
Woodiwiss, J (2009) ‘'Alternative Memories' and the Construction of a Sexual Abuse Narrative’. In: Memory Matters. London, UK: Taylor & Francis. . ISBN 9780415444910
Woodiwiss, J (2009) ‘Constructing stories of childhood sexual abuse’ International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences , 4 (5), pp. 91-100. ISSN 1833-1882
Woodiwiss, J (2009) ‘From PMS to CSA: women and self-help culture’. In: British Sociological Association Annual Conference 2009, 16-18 April 2009, Cardiff, Wales
Woodiwiss, J (2009) ‘Gendered narratives of health and (psychological) well-being’. In: Conference of the Cyprus Sociological Association and the Hellenic Sociological Association 2009, April 3-5 2009, Nicosia, Cyprus
Woodiwiss, J (2008) ‘'Compulsory sexuality': a guide to healing?’ Culture Health & Sexuality , 10 (4), pp. 345-359. ISSN 13691058
Woodiwiss, J (2007) ‘Narrating a Sense of (Sexual) Well Being’. In: Narrative and Memory. Huddersfield: University of Huddersfield. pp. 99-109.
Woodiwiss, J (2007) ‘Politics, Responsibility and Adult Victims of Childhood Sexual Abuse’ Sociological research online , 12 (2). ISSN 1360-7804
Woodiwiss, J (2006) ‘Alternative Memories: Searching for Knowledge, Telling a Story’. In: Narrative, Memory & Knowledge: Representations, Aesthetics, Contexts. Huddersfield: University of Huddersfield. pp. 137-147.
Woodiwiss, J (2006) ‘Narrating a sense of sexual well-being’. In: Narrative and Memory Research Group 6th Annual Conference, April 8th 2006, Huddersfield, UK
Woodiwiss, J (2006) ‘Alternative memories: searching for knowledge, telling a story’. In: Narrative, memory and knowledge. Huddersfield, UK: University of Huddersfield. . ISBN 9781862180512
Woodiwiss, J (2005) ‘Sex and the survivor’. In: Feminist & Women's Studies Association Annual Conference, September 2005, Aberdeen, Scotland
Woodiwiss, J (2005) ‘'Alternative memories': Searching for knowledge, telling a story ’. In: Narrative and Memory Research Group 5th Annual Conference, Saturday 9th April 2005, Huddersfield, UK
Woodiwiss, J (2005) ‘(Re)writing Memories: Childhood Sexual Abuse and Everyday Life ’. In: Narrative, Memory & Everyday Life. Huddersfield: University of Huddersfield. pp. 153-159.
Woodiwiss, J (2005) ‘(Re)writing memories: childhood sexual abuse and everyday life’. In: Narrative, Memory and Everyday Life. Huddersfield, UK: University of Huddersfield. . ISBN 9781862180758
Woodiwiss, J (2004) ‘Politics, responsibility and childhood sexual abuse’. In: British Sociological Association Annual Conference 2004, Monday 22nd March Wednesday 24th March 2004, York, UK
Woodiwiss, J (2003) ‘Book Reviews’ Feminist Theory , 4 (2), pp. 227-229. ISSN 1464-7001
Jo has been involved in the organisation of a number of Conferences both at the University of Huddersfield and the University of York. Jo was also the convenor of the Centre for Womens Studies seminar series 2000- 2002.
Proposals are welcome which look at the following broad areas,particularly as they intersect with gender and/or sexuality:
I also contribute guest lectures on the topics of childhood sexual abuse, victims, and narratives.