Past Events & News

Information on events that occurred within the past year is available under Events & News: Recent Events.

Past Events & News

Wednesday, February 4, 2015 to Monday, April 6, 2015


Imagined Peace, Gender Relations and Post-Conflict Transformation: Anti-Colonial and Post-Cold War Conflicts

Jane Parpart, Research Professor, Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security, and Global Governance, UMass Boston

Wednesday, February 4th, 3:30pm-5:30pm, Campus Center, Room 2545, UMass Boston


Women on the Front Line: The Political Economy of Ebola in Postwar West Africa  

Kade Finnoff, Assistant Professor of Economics, UMass Boston

Wednesday, February 25th, 3:30pm-5:30pm, Chancellor's Conference Room, UMass Boston


The Political Economy of Displacement: Iraqi Women Refugees in Jordan and the USA Post-2003

Isis Nusair, Associate Professor of Women’s Studies and International Studies, Denison University

Monday, March 2nd, 3:30pm-5:30pm, Campus Center, Room 2545, UMass Boston

Occupations, Border-Crossings, and Gender: Human Rights in Palestine, Kashmir and the U.S.-Mexico Border

Isis Nusair, Associate Professor of Women’s Studies and International Studies, Denison University; Deepti Misri, Assistant Professor of Women's and Gender Studies, University of Colorado Boulder; Luis F. Jiménez, Assistant Professor of Political Science, UMass Boston

Tuesday, March 3rd, 12:00pm-2:00pm, Campus Center Ballroom A, UMass Boston


Soap, Jeans, and Feminist Futures: “Corporate Social Responsibility” and Women’s Empowerment

Elisabeth Prügl, Consortium Senior Fellow 2014-2015, Professor of IR, Graduate Institute of International & Development Studies, Geneva 

Monday, April 6th, 3:30pm-5:30pm, Campus Center, Room 2545, UMass Boston


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Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 to Monday, December 1, 2014
In tandem with this year's Speaker Series, the Consortium will hold a series of research seminars, affording faculty and graduate students the opportunity for in-depth engagement with our speakers and each other.  The thematic focus for the year will be The Gendered Political Economies of War and Peacebuilding.
So come for the speaker events, and stay for the chance to engage with the speakers on their research, bringing perspectives from your own!
We hope that many of you will find it useful to engage in this year-long, in depth conversation. Please note, though, that you needn’t be able to attend all of the meetings to participate. 
If you have colleagues whom you think might be interested in the Consortium Seminar on Gendered Political Economies of Peacebuilding, please either forward this invitation, or send their contact details to us at:   
We look forward to seeing you at this Fall’s events!

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Joy Onyesoh, President of WILPF Nigeria and Consortium speaker in November 2013, has released a statement from WILPF Nigeria about the abduction of girls from the school in Chibok, Borno State, on the 14th of April by Boko Haram.

Read the statement here.

University of Southern California, Davidson Conference Center
Friday, May 9, 2014

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.


Campus Center, Room 3545, UMass Boston
Thursday, April 24, 2014


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!

Davis Auditorium, 2nd floor in the HESS-CSM Building 1470 Madison Ave at 101st and 102nd Street, NYC, NY
Friday, April 25, 2014


Moderated by Carol Cohndirector 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.

Stern Auditorium, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai 1468 Madison Avenue at 100th Street, NYC, NY
Saturday, April 26, 2014
Carol Cohn, Director of the Consortium on Gender, Security and Human Rights will be speaking at "Realizing Rights for Women and Girls: Creating a Healthier World," a conference conceived by physicians and educators to spotlight the complex interactions between health and human rights for women and girls.  Topics ranging from gender-based violence, trafficking, and human rights violations in the context of war and asylum, to women’s access to education, legal systems and economic participation will be explored.
A diverse and accomplished array of speakers and participants will provide an environment of exploration and innovative thought, with the aim of inspiring meaningful and positive change in our local and global communities
Speakers will include:
  • Joanne Ahola, Psychiatric Director, Weill Cornell Center for Human Rights
  • Semhar Araia, Executive Director, Diaspora African Women's Network
  • Holly Atkinson, Director, Human Rights Program, Arnhold Global Health Institute at Mount Sinai
  • Juan Battle, Professor of Sociology, Public Health and Urban Education, City University of New York
  • Luisa Cabal, Vice President of Programs, Center for Reproductive Rights
  • Carol Cohn, Director, Consortium on Gender, Security and Human Rights, UMASS Boston
  • Gail Dines, Author, Pornland: How Porn Has Hijacked Our Sexuality
  • Mallika Dutt, Founder, Breakthrough
  • William Easterly, Professor of Economics, NYU
  • Yasmine Ergas, Director, Gender and Public Policy Specialization, Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs
  • Jessica Greer Morris, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Girl Be Heard
  • Yasmin Green, Principal, Google Ideas
  • Jin In, Founder, 4Girls GLocal Leadership (4GGL)
  • Allen Keller, Director, Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture
  • Daniel Lugassy, Assistant Professor, NYU Langone Medical Center
  • Melissa Mark-Viverito, Speaker of the New York City Council
  • Rohini Pande, Professor of Public Policy, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard
  • Ken Roth, Executive Director, Human Rights Watch
  • Ryan Schlief, Co-Director, International Accountability Project
Sponsored by The Arnhold Global Health Institute and Graduate Program in Public Health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai,
with Weill Cornell Medical College and the Associated Medical Schools of New York.

University of Iceland, Askja building, room 132
Friday, April 4, 2014 to Saturday, April 5, 2014

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.

Monday, December 3, 2012

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:

By Christine Sylvester:

By Erika Cudworth:

By Katherine E. Brown:

By Jean Owen:

UMass Lowell
Monday, June 3, 2013 to Wednesday, June 5, 2013

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.

The Consortium organized a pre-conference workshop for the delegates, to provide the opportunity for the delegates to learn about and from each other and to exchange expertise and experience before the formal schedule of the conference.  
The Consortium also organized the conference’s opening plenary session, on “The Gendered Political Economy of Building Peace in Conflict-Affected States.”  It included a panel of speakers from Pakistan, Sudan and the U.S., followed by workshops on topics such as gender-budgeting and the ambiguous effects of micro-finance programs for women. (Click here for more information about the panel’s aims and participants. A full report is forthcoming.)
The Women in Public Service Project (WPSP) began as an initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the Five Sisters women’s colleges – Barnard, Bryn Mawr, Mount Holyoke, Smith and Wellesley – and is now housed at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Founded in 2011, it has now grown to include other institutions higher education and partner institutions around the world. The initiative seeks to advance women to positions of influence in governments and civic organizations worldwide, and support the next generation of women leaders who will invest in their countries and communities, provide leadership for their governments and societies, and help change the way global solutions are developed. 


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