Sept. 29, 2016

The Seductions of Quantification


The growing demand in some global forums for more data on violence against women is likely the result of several distinct developments.

Surveys dedicated to the collection of data on violence against women are undoubtedly important developments; data on violence against women has much to contribute to global knowledge and as a basis for more effective responses to violence against women.

However, these surveys present some limitations.


This public talk on September 30th, 2016 at Carleton University will feature  Sally Engle Merry, author of “Seductions of Quantification” and Professor of Anthropology, New York University

Followed by a Panel Discussion featuring:

  • Kamari Clarke, Carleton University
  • Holly Johnson, University of Ottawa
  • Deborah Liebowitz, Rutgers University
  • Lucie Lamarche, UQAM, Université du Québec à Montréal
  • Cherry Smiley, Concordia University
  • Chair: Doris Buss


Afternoon Roundtable on Violence Against Women and Measurement in Practice (Closed session)

  • Bonnie Brayton, National Executive Director, DAWN Canada
  • Sunny Mariner, Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre
  • Geraldine King, Native Women’s Association of Canada
  • Anuradha Dugal, Canadian Women’s Foundation
  • Jamie Liew, Faculty of Law Ottawa University
  • Kate McInturff, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

For more information, please contact Lisa Mills,