Political Violence, War and Gender
As Catherine Lutz has remarked, the 20th century has been a century of “wars, global and local, hot and cold.” A number of courses and faculty research projects explore the different ways in which war and political violence have been experienced and remembered with a special focus on gender. Questions of this nature include: What are the gendered effects of war, political violence, and militarization? How have wars, genocide and other forms of political violence been narrated and represented? How do women remember and narrate gendered violence in war? How are post-conflict processes and transitional justice gendered? What is the relationship between testimony, storytelling, and healing? How is the relationship between the “personal” and the “public/national” reconstructed in popular culture, film, literature, and (auto)biographical texts dealing with war, genocide, and other forms of political violence? How are wars memorialized and gendered through monuments, museums, and other memory sites? What are the ethical and methodological challenges of investigating political violence from a transdisciplinary perspective? Additionally, faculty examine how questions of conflict and war have been taken up in cultural practices and productions such as novels, film and post-conflict activism.