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Consortium Speaker Series

The Consortium's Speaker Series brings an international roster of frontline practitioners, reflective activists and engaged scholars to University of Massachusetts Boston's campus. Their talks address the complex realities of women’s and men’s lives and livelihoods in conflict-affected areas, the challenges of trying to bring feminist commitments into security policy and humanitarian practice, and the ways in which gender analysis can and must transform resolutely “gender-blind” paradigms of conflict resolution and peacebuilding. Information about Upcoming Speaker Events, Events Earlier This Year, and Past Speaker Events is available here. You can find videos or transcripts of these events, when available, under Consortium Lectures.

Upcoming Speaker Events

New Economic Paradigms for Peace and the Planet: Intersectional Feminist Perspectives

Corinna Dengler
Senior Lecturer, Global Political Economy and Development Master's Program, University of Kassel
Patricia (Ellie) Perkins
Professor, Department of Environmental Studies, York University
Lebohang Liepollo Pheko
Senior Research Fellow, Trade Collective
Mariama Williams
Coordinator, Sustainable Development, Climate Change and Gender Programme, South Centre

April 15, 2021
9:30am - 11:30am


Join the Consortium on Gender, Security and Human Rights for the fourth panel of our Spring 2021 Speaker Series. To join the webinar, Zoom registration is required.
Our Degrowth Is Intersectional: Feminist Decolonial Pathways for Sustainable Futures 
Corinna Dengler, Senior Lecturer, Global Political Economy and Development Master's Program, University of Kassel
This intervention introduces degrowth scholarship and activism and discusses how it can help us to build a new economic paradigm - a paradigm that ventures beyond what Rachel Carson has called the "war on life", a war arising from an economic system that structurally depends on the exploitation of nature, women, and people discriminated against in terms of, for example, class, race, and gender. Having its origins in an ecological critique of our economic system, this talk emphasizes that a degrowth alternative necessarily needs to embrace intersectionality in order to pave the way for socially (and also: gender-) just and ecologically sustainable futures.
Envisioning the Decline of Patriarchy, Race and Capitalism
Patricia (Ellie) Perkins, Professor, Department of Environmental Studies, York University
The current pandemic heightens massive racialized, gendered, class-based, geographic and ecological inequities, with life-and-death consequences for millions.  How, at what point -- or is it even possible -- to repudiate and replace the systems behind this catastrophe, while climate chaos looms?   How to distinguish transformative actions from those which just help the current systems to reinvent themselves?  I suggest some ideas grounded in wellbeing, care, and stabilizing feedbacks.
Addressing COVID-Nomics and Its Implications to Transform the World from an Afrikan Feminist Perspective
Lebohang Liepollo Pheko, Senior Research Fellow, Trade Collective
The Covid-19 pandemic has exposed weaknesses of capitalism as an economy and polity and revealed the huge potential of post-capitalism. Afrikan feminist scholars, activists, researchers have collectively critiqued current market orthodox models of macro and micro economics made with ongoing forms of colonialism, including colonialisation of natural resources, of the economy, of political relations, and of health provision.
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Mariama Williams, Coordinator, Sustainable Development, Climate Change and Gender Programme, South Centre
This speaker series is cosponsored by the University of Massachusetts Boston's Anthropology Dept; Conflict Resolution, Human Security and Global Governance Dept; Economics Dept; History Dept; Philosophy Dept; Political Science Dept; Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Dept; Human Rights Minor; and the Honors College.

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