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Understanding Gendered Agency in Violent Conflict

photo of armed African woman photo of armed Asian woman  An ESRC-funded seminar series

Understanding Gendered Agency in Violent Conflict:

Extending Conceptual and Methodological Parameters 

Co-convenors: Ruth Jacobson (University of Bristol), Jamie Munn (independent researcher), and Miranda Alison (University of Warwick)



Intersections of Gender, Ethnicity and ‘Race’ in Collective Violence and Armed Conflict


Department of Politics and International Studies

University of Warwick

Convenor: Miranda Alison, Department of Politics and International Studies 


The first two seminars in this series, held at City University and the University of Bristol, have focused on gender, collective violence, contemporary armed conflict and military institutions.  Some of the paradoxes of ‘protection’ in regard to conflict, peacekeeping, post-conflict operations and humanitarian interventions have been examined, as have linkages between wartime violence and violence in the post-conflict period, and a range of forms of gendered agency.  Issues relating to masculinities and violence have also been addressed, including ‘dissenting’ masculinities and changing constructions of masculinities in post-conflict contexts.


This third seminar in our series continues to examine gender, collective violence and contemporary armed conflict, with an added focus on racism and nationalism.  Women’s and men’s participation and gendered roles in armed conflict and in nationalist and racist movements is addressed, as are discourses of masculinity and femininity.  Gendered elements of peacebuilding efforts are also discussed.  Along with panels of presentations there will also be roundtable discussions on ethical and methodological issues relating to undertaking research in these areas, and on peacebuilding policy implications for operational agencies.  


As with the other seminars in the series, places are very limited so early registration is advised.  You can download a registration form and information sheet here.  Please return your registration form at the latest by Thursday 24th April to:

A draft version of the seminar schedule is available - this will be updated with a confirmed version shortly before the date of the seminar.  Participants on the round tables are not yet confirmed.

**Attendance at the seminar is FREE.  We also have one bursary left of £50 to enable a PhD student or low/unwaged activist/practitioner to attend.  Please email me for details.**



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