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Blackboard at Kabul University during the Gender and Armed Conflict seminar taught by Carol Mann where male and female students were asked to list what was considered ‘Masculine’ and what was considered ‘Feminine’.

Here we list all kind of events,  conferences, calls for participation, papers, grants for anything to do with a gendered aspect of war, peace, strategy studies in the largest sense possible. This section, regularly updated, will be reactivated as more calls come in  autumn.

We also publish exceptional texts that can be of use to scholars researching a feminist perspective in research on conflict and peace resolution

 

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REFUGEES – WELCOME (?)

Organised by the Institute of Strategic Communication, with Women in War and Citizens’ initiatives and media response to the refugee crisis and conflict

Globally, one in every 122 humans is now either a refugee, internally displaced, or seekingasylum, the UN reports. The number of people forced to flee their homes across the world has exceeded 50 million for the first time since the Second World War. Those countries crossed by the “refugee route” find that their resources cannot cope with the dramatic increase in need, from shelter to water and sanitation, food, medical assistance andeducation. President of the European Commission, Jean­Claude Juncker, in his State of the Union Speech said: “We can build walls, we can build fences but there is no wall you could not climb if it is terror you are fleeing” and called for obligatory quota for the EU member states. So far European response has received much criticism from both sides: for not doing enough and for interfering too much to national policies.
Therefore, the main question is how European citizens’ initiatives, governments and media can contribute in creating more effective response the refugee crisis?

CONFERENCE FRAMEWORK

The conference REFUGEES – WELCOME (?) – Citizens’ initiative and media response to the refugee crisis and conflict ​will bring together experts, academics and practitioners from international organisations, media and citizens’ initiative to discuss options and strategies for more effective response on refugee crisis and conflict, and share different perspectives on
international and national responsibilities and involvement.​

1. Carol Mann Ph.D – Sciences Po, Paris, Director of Women In War, Think Tank for Gender and Armed Conflict

2. Juliana Santos Wahlgren – Networking Officer, European Network Against Racism

3. Davide Cesário Castro – Editor­in­chief, The Critique

4. Huma Saeed – Transitional Justice Researcher, University of Leuven

5. Paul Mason – Platform CitoyennesFifth Istanbul Human Security Conference The Role of Non-State Actors in Building Human Security: Opportunities and Challenges Ahead, Istanbul October 15-16th, Conventry University and Kadir Has University

This year we are focusing on the role of non-state actors in building human security. Local and transnational non-state actors usually play an important role in restoration of justice and security in many post-conflict societies. Human security is a peoplecentered approach to global security that recognizes that lasting peace and social justice cannot be achieved unless people are protected from threats to their rights and basic needs. It is an approach that enables us address the sources of insecurity that affect people all around the world, especially in conflict and post-conflict societies. In this regard, we recognize that non-state actors are usually incorporated in sustaining human security measures worldwide.

 

International Human Security Conference Programme in Istabul, Kadir has University with Conventry University 20-21st October 2015

The conference will be held at Kadir Has University Cibali Kampus

he Fifth Istanbul Human Security Conference, The Role of Non-State Actors in Building Human Security: Opportunities and Challenges Ahead will be taking place on: 20-21 October 2015.

As a close collaboration between the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations (CTPSR) at Coventry University, the United Nations Human Security Unit and Kadir Has University in Istanbul, the conference will be hosted by Kadir Has University in Istanbul.

This year we are focusing on the role of non-state actors in building human security. Local and transnational non-state actors usually play an important role in restoration of justice and security in many post-conflict societies. Human security is a peoplecentered approach to global security that recognizes that lasting peace and social justice cannot be achieved unless people are protected from threats to their rights and basic needs. It is an approach that enables us address the sources of insecurity that affect people all around the world, especially in conflict and post-conflict societies. In this regard, we recognize that non-state actors are usually incorporated in sustaining human security measures worldwide.

The aim of the conference is to critically explore the positive and negative roles that non-state actors play in sustaining human security and analyzing incorporation strategies of planning and implementation of their activities. How can we enable non-state actors to be more effective? What are the challenges and opportunities for incorporating them into sustaining human security? The objective is to therefore provide a forum to explore the interplay between non-state actors and human security within academic and policy realms.

For general questions please contact us on: ab8225@coventry.ac.uk

 

Feminism in London, Conference in London October 24-25th 2015

Feminism in London is a mixed, inclusive feminist conference. We aim to have something for everyone. We recognise that not every attendee (or every speaker, or even every committee member) will agree on everything and we celebrate the diversity of feminist thought. We believe it is a fundamentally feminist thing to acknowledge that we often disagree and that when this is done respectfully and thoughtfully it can strengthen, rather than divide, our movement. We wholeheartedly reject misogynist ideas that disagreement constitutes “catfighting” or “bitching.”

CALL FOR PAPERS
Postgraduate Conference: Masculinities, Violence and (Post-)Conflict
Date: Thursday, 14 January 2016, 09:00 – 17:00
Venue: Ulster University, York St. Campus (Belfast, Northern Ireland)

The Transitional Justice Institute (TJI) and the International Conflict Research Institute (INCORE) at Ulster University invite proposals for a one-day postgraduate conference on “Masculinities, Violence and (Post-)Conflict” on Thursday, 14 January 2016. This student-led event will offer academic presentations, peer discussion, networking opportunities and expert feedback in a supportive environment. The conference will be followed by an international high-level workshop on Masculinities and Violence on Friday, 15 January 2016, organized by International Alert, Saferworld and Conciliation Resources (CR), providing a forum for both practitioners and international academics to engage on the topic.

– How, conceptually and empirically, can masculinities be linked to violence, including sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) and violence against women (VAW)?

– Conceptually and empirically, what are the relationships between masculinities and femininities, gender equality as well as women’s rights within (post-) conflict contexts?

– How do situations of violence and (post-)conflict shape masculinities, and how are masculinities (re-)shaped and influenced during conflict and post-conflict lived realities?

– How and to what extent do post-conflict peace-building and transitional justice processes consider and address masculinities?

We invite paper proposals from postgraduate students across various disciplines that utilize a gendered lens while exploring the dynamics of, and/or relationships between masculinities, violence and (post-)conflict either conceptually or empirically in different geographical contexts and across time. In-depth case study analyses alongside theoretical explorations and empirically-grounded papers, including feminist theoretical and methodological approaches, are welcome. Speakers and discussants at the conference include, inter alia, Prof. Fionnuala Ni Aolain, Prof. Brandon Hamber (both Ulster University) and Dr. Henri Myrttinen (International Alert).

If you would like to propose a paper, please submit an abstract of max. 250 words and a short one-paragraph academic bio by 15 November 2015 to Philipp Schulz (Schulz-P@email.ulster.ac.uk) and Seamus Campbell (Campbell-S25@email.ulster.ac.uk).