In an afternoon symposium, lectures and discussions will consider issues of gender in peacekeeping and transitional justice from interdisciplinary, feminist, intersectional and postcolonial perspectives. The symposium aims at questioning and complementing the hegemonic mainstream discourses by highlighting critical and peripheral voices and analyses.
Peacekeeping and transitional justice are broadly hegemonic transnational processes characterised by heteronormative masculinities. They overlap and interdepend not only in their existence within a context of (armed) conflict but also with regards to participation of and impacts on women* and LGBTI*: Female*, non-heteronormative and non-binary perspectives and categories remain peripheral to the transnational structures and discourses. Their voices are under-represented and neglected. Simultaneously, the effects of hegemonic processes are reflective of intersectional hierarchies and serve to further silence peripheral voices and perspectives.
Speakers come from different disciplines including law, peace and conflict studies, and political science. The symposium addresses professionals and academics from different fields such as law and social sciences as well as the general public. It is funded by the Bureau for Gender and Diversity of the FAU.
13.15 – 13.30
Welcome and Introductory Remarks
13.30 – 14.30
Gender and Agency in the Peace Continuum: From Peace Building to Lasting Peace
Gina Heathcote, SOAS (University of London)
14.30 – 15.00
15.00 – 18.00
Gender in Local and Regional Transitional Justice Processes
Case Study 1: Access to Justice for Survivors of Sexualized Crimes in the Context of the Trials at
the Khmer Rouge Tribunal
Silke Studzinsky, Lawyer
Case Study 2: Gender and Transitional Justice: Conceptualising Women’s Political Participation
in postcolonial Zimbabwe between 2008 -2018
Khanyisela Moyo, Ulster University
Case Study 3: Tell us how this will end? Gender, Conflict and Justice in Afghanistan