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The Consortium is pleased to be leading the pre-conference workshop of the International Feminist Journal of Politics third annual conference, “Gender and Crisis in Global Politics.” Speakers at our workshop on “Gendered Political Economies of Peacebuilding,” will include Lina M. Céspedes-Baez, Carol Cohn, Emily Cole, Andrea Collins, Heidi Hudson, Dyan Mazurana, Ann Tickner and Jacqui True.
Please join us on Thursday, April 24th, for an hour of networking after Sam Cook's talk, "Women, Peace and Security" Policy's Skewed Focus on Sexual Violence: The Failure of a "Successful" Feminist Intervention? Sam is a lawyer and women's rights activist from South Africa, and this talk promises to be fascinating, so we hope you will be able to join us at 4pm for her talk, and stay for networking with her and others from 6 - 7pm. Both events will take place in the UMass Boston Campus Center, room 3545. (Even if arriving in time for the talk is impossible for you, we hope you'll feel free to come at 6pm.)
We are excited to be able to help form a network of scholars devoted to exploring gender and security issues, and we hope you will become a part of it!
Moderated by Carol Cohn, director of the Consortium on Gender, Security and Human Rights, this panel will provide an opportunity for those participating in human rights education to share experiences, ideas, inspiration and resources for bringing this essential field of study to new generations of students.
Consortium director Carol Cohn will deliver the keynote address at this conference, with a talk entitled Why is it so Hard to Get Women to the Peace Table? And Why is That Not Even the Right Question? The talk will be followed by a panel discussion with former UNU-GEST Fellows and Gender Experts: Susan Asio from Uganda, and Fatima Wahaidy from Gaza, Palestine.
The conference is hosted by EDDA – Center of Excellence at the University of Iceland in collaboration with the Icelandic Ministry for Foreign Affairs, the Norwegian Embassy in Iceland, the United Nations University Gender Studies and Training Programme at the University of Iceland, the Institute of International Affairs at the University of Iceland, and the National Committee of UN Women in Iceland.
Women and Wars, edited by Carol Cohn (Polity Press, 2013) uses a feminist gender analytic framework to examine the diversity and complexity of women’s experiences of and agency in war and peacebuilding. It aims to present the complex dynamics of contemporary warfare, of militarization and peace building, arguing that one can understand neither women’s relation to war nor war itself without understanding gender, and understanding the ways that war and gender are, in fact, mutually constitutive. Developing what Cynthia Enloe, in her Foreword, describes as a “sophisticated, up-to-date gender analytical tool kit,” the volume engages with the experiences of women and girls, men and boys, and more broadly, with constructions of masculinity in both peace and war; in so doing, it demonstrates that attention to the specificity of women’s and men’s lives helps us see that the familiar binary of “war and peace” obscures a far more complex reality. All the contributors have had first-hand experience of the challenges represented by a commitment to using their gender-analytical tool kit in conflict affected contexts, which informs their individual chapters.
The book includes a chapter developing an extensive conceptual framework for thinking about gender and armed conflict by Carol Cohn, followed by chapters on: Women and the Political Economy of War (Angela Raven-Roberts); Sexual Violence and Women's Health in War (Pamela DeLargy); Women as Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons (Wenona Giles); Women’s Political Activism in the Face of War and Militarization (Carol Cohn & Ruth Jacobson); Women and State Military Forces (Jennifer G. Mathers); Women, Girls and Non-State Armed Opposition Groups (Dyan Mazurana); Women and Peace Processes (Malathi de Alwis, Julie Mertus & Tazreena Sajjad); Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (Dyan Mazurana & Linda Ekerbom Cole); and Women "After" Wars (Ruth Jacobson).
“To my mind, the very best academic work makes its reader sit up and take notice, either because the ideas are unfamiliar or because familiar ideas have been articulated in a new and engaging way. The individual chapters in this volume do both of these things, and as such it deserves to be well received and widely read.”
- Laura Shepherd, University of New South Wales
Reviews of Women and Wars
By Laura Shepherd: http://www.genderanddevelopment.org/page/women-wars-review
By Christine Sylvester: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/lsereviewofbooks/2013/04/08/book-review-women-and-wars-carol-cohn/
By Erika Cudworth: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/21693293.2013.768009
By Katherine E. Brown: http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract?fromPage=online&aid=9012414
The Consortium on Gender, Security and Human Rights worked with UMass system partners to plan the first public university conference of the Women in Public Service Project (WPSP). The conference, on “Conflict Transformation through Economic Development and Innovation,” was held June 3 -5, 2013, at UMass Lowell. The conference delegates were women leaders from Afghanistan, Liberia, Northern Ireland and Turkey.
Are you interested in the gender dimensions of armed conflict, post-conflict peacebuilding, development and security?
If so, please join us for an opportunity to meet other scholars who share your curiosity and commitment!
On Tuesday, February 11th, the Consortium on Gender, Security and Human Rights will host an informal gathering of Boston area professors and graduate students. It will be an occasion to learn about each other's research interests and to begin to strengthen the network of local scholars working in this field. We'll also discuss a new spring study group, and other ideas you may have for strengthening this community.
So please join us for some good conversation and tasty refreshments! And please help spread the word to other colleagues who might be interested.
If you plan to attend, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are unable to attend, but are interested in participating in future events, please email our Associate Director at Phoebe.Randel@umb.edu.
We hope you will be able to join us!
Panel: "FTGS Honors the Work of Carol Cohn"
Panelists: J. Ann Tickner (American University); Terrell Carver (University of Bristol); Kathy E. Ferguson (University of Hawaii at Manoa); Sandra McEvoy (Wheelock College and former Associate Director of the Consortium on Gender, Security and Human Rights); Malathi de Alwis; Lynn Eden (Stanford University)
The FTGS section of ISA brings together scholars who apply feminist theory to International Relations or look at the field through a gender lens and it annually honors an eminent scholar in the International Relations sub-field of Feminist Theory and Gender Studies. Through their research, eminent scholars have made a significant impact and have pushed the boundaries of the sub-field. Many FTGS eminent scholars have also distinguished themselves through their commitment to the section and have advanced feminist scholarship through their teaching, mentoring and leadership. This year's recipient is the Director of the Consortium on Gender, Security and Human Rights, Dr. Carol Cohn.
Date: March 26, 2014
Time: 4:00 - 5:45pm
Website Launch and Reception: The Consortium will launch its new website at the FTGS reception!
The Consortium will launch its new website at the reception held jointly by: Feminist Theory and Gender Studies (FTGS) Section: Women's Caucus; and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Queer, Transgendered, and Allies Section, where FTGS will also be honoring FTGS Eminent Scholar Carol Cohn.
This will be the first time the Consortium's brand new website will be unveiled publically! If you are at ISA we encourage you to come and check out our new interactive research website.
Date: March 26, 2014
Time: 6:45 - 8:00pm
Roundtable: "Feminist Security Studies and Feminist Global Political Economy: Crossing Divides and Rebuilding Bridges,"
Juanita Elias and Shirin M. Rai (University of Warwick) chair this roundtable.
Roundtable participants are: Jacqui True (Monash University); Carol E. Cohn (Consortium on Gender, Security and Human Rights); Katherine Allison (University of Glasgow); Laura Sjoberg (University of Florida)
Date: March 27, 2014
Time: 10:30 am - 12:15 pm
Panel: "Still Gendering Global Governance - Mapping the Reach of Institutions, Norms, and Actors"
Carol Cohn is the discussant on this panel featuring:
Date: March 27, 2014
Time: 8:15 am - 10:00 am
Panel: "Non-State Armed Groups, Gender, Violence, and Internal Controls"
The Consortium's Associate Director Phoebe Randel organized this panel, whose participants include:
Chair Carol E. Cohn, Chair (Consortium on Gender, Security and Human Rights)
Disc. Erin K. Baines, Discussant (University of British Columbia)
Date: March 28, 2014
Time: 8:15 - 10:15 am
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