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Past Events & News

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Past Events & News

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. 

Campus Center, Room 3545, UMass Boston
Tuesday, February 11, 2014

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

If you are unable to attend, but are interested in participating in future events, please email our Associate Director at

We hope you will be able to join us!

Sheraton Centre, Toronto
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 to Friday, March 28, 2014

Panel: "FTGS Honors the Work of Carol Cohn"

PanelistsJ. 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:

  • "Constructing A Gender Equality Agenda Within the OECD: The Working Party on the Role of Women in the Economy," Rianne Mahon (Balsillie School of International Affairs)
  • "Global Governance and UN Women: Nested Newness and the Gendered Limits of Institutional Reform," Fiona Mackay (University of Edinburgh)
  • "Assessing Global Gender (In)Equality: A CEDAW-based Approach,"  Susanne Zwingel (Florida International University) and Debra Liebowitz (Drew University)
  • "Expertise in the Global Governance of Gender," Hayley Anna Thompson (Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies)
  • "Strategy from the Margins: The Role of the Community of UN Gender Practitioners in the Evolution of the Women, Peace and Security Agenda" Megan Alexandra Dersnah (University of Toronto)
  • "Global Governance and UN Women: Nested Newness and the Gendered Limits of Institutional Reform," Fiona Mackay (University of Edinburgh)

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)

  • "Towards a Feminist Position on a the Non-State Actor in Conflict and Post Conflict Settings," Fionnuala Ni Aolain (University of Minnesota Law School)
  • "Does Women's Participation Influence Support for the NSAG?" Jakana L. Thomas (Michigan State University)
  • "Gender: The Missing Piece to Understanding Violence by Non-state Armed Groups" Phoebe Randel (Consortium on Gender, Security and Human Rights)
  • "Beyond Victims and Perpetrators: Towards a More Nuanced Understanding of Women Militants' Identities in the Colombian Armed Conflict," Roxanne Krystalli
  • "Sexual Violence in the Contemporary Colombian Armed Conflict: Gender, Power and Calculated Violence," Jeremy Harkey

Date: March 28, 2014

Time: 8:15 - 10:15 am



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