CFP : Critical Gender Studies on Masculinities and Relationality

Uppsala University
Centre for Gender Research
January 18-20 2012


In recent years critical gender studies have raised crucial issues concerning masculinities, and power. Research has repeatedly pointed out that masculinities can be understood in terms of, for example, positions, processes, and performances, and that masculinities are multiple across cultures, geographical space, and historical time. The intersections of masculinities with other dimensions of power have also been fruitfully explored and critiqued by scholars. Among masculinity studies scholars, relationality as a critical concept for understanding masculinity as social construction has been used variously. So far, the field has generated certain understandings of relationality – for example that masculinity is that which femininity is not, or that hegemonic masculinity is constructed in relation to nonhegemonic genders – but beyond emphasizing difference as central to constructions of (certain) masculinities, this usage tells us little about precisely how masculinities operate relationally as ideas and practices.

This conference wants to address questions about the usefulness and limitations of relationality for understanding masculinity or masculinities. It focuses particularly on masculinities and cultural representations and masculinities and social practice, but these need not be seen as mutually exclusive areas. We invite presentations that address masculinities and relation(s)/relationality from a critical gender perspective. Exactly which relations produce, construct, or maintain masculinities and certain gendered systems of power? How does relational masculinity/masculine relationality operate across historical times in practices in the work place, in policy making, in familial practices, in cultural representations, in fictional and non-fictional narratives? How does relationality as a concept contribute to theorizing masculinities?

We invite contributions from scholars in the humanities and social sciences, as well as from any other field where masculinity is researched from a critical gender perspective. Confirmed speakers are Stella Bruzzi, Chris Beasley, Michael Kimmel, James Messerschmidt, and Keith Pringle.

500 word abstracts should be sent to Anneli Häyrén Weinestål at no later than September 1 2011.

In all other matters concerning the conference, please contact Cecilia Brenner at

The conference website is available at — more information will appear here in the fall.

Gendered Memories of War and Political Violence

Gender and Women’s Studies Forum

Sabancı University

Workshop organized in the framework of the Central European University – Sabancı University Joint Academic Initiative by AyÅŸe Gül Altınay and Andrea PetÃ

Opening Remarks by Cynthia Enloe

The 20th century has been a century of wars, genocides, and other forms of political violence. It has also been a century of feminist struggle and theorizing globally. At the peak of what is sometimes called the “memory boom,” this conference seeks to explore the different ways in which wars, genocides, and other forms of political violence are remembered through a gender lens.

Central questions include (but are not limited to):

  • How have wars, genocides and other forms of political violence been narrated and represented by men and women?
  • How do women remember and narrate sexual violence in war?
  • How do (written, oral or visual) testimonies challenge or reinforce the hegemonic accounts of wars and genocides?
  • How are wars memorialized and gendered through monuments, museums, and other memory sites?
  • What is the impact of the ethnicization/racialization of violence on the making of gendered memories?
  • How is the relationship between the “personal” and the “public/national/political” (re)conceptualized in popular culture, film, literature, and (auto)biographical texts dealing with war, genocide, and other forms of political violence?
  • How are “humanitarian interventions,” post-conflict processes, and transitional justice gendered?
  • How do women’s, feminist, and LGBTQ movements contribute to critical memory work on wars?
  • What kind of impact has feminist scholarship had on war and
    militarism studies, genocide studies, and memory studies?
  • What new concepts or theoretical frameworks (queer? postcolonial? critical race studies?) promise new openings in feminist analyses of memory work on wars and genocides?


The working language of the conference will be English. Scholars of all levels and from all disciplines are encouraged to apply. Priority will be given to papers that deal with Europe (in the largest sense of the term) or Europe’s connection to the discussed context, but other papers will also be considered.

Please submit an abstract (max. 500 words) outlining the relevance and novelty of your contribution, together with a 200 words resumé.

Presenters will be required to submit their presentation in writing prior to the workshop. With the participation of Cynthia Enloe and other prominent scholars from the field as discussants, we are hoping for close engagement and critical debate during the workshop. Presenters will be encouraged to submit their revised papers for the special issue of the /European Journal of Women’s Studies/ on the same topic (to be edited by Altınay and Petö).

There are limited funds for those participants who do not have other sources of funding to attend the workshop. When submitting your abstract, please indicate your need for any financial assistance. There are no registration fees. Lunch, tea and coffee will be provided for all participants.

The application deadline is 16 December 2011

To submit your paper and for more information:

Workshop website:



Nawal El Saadawi, “La situation des femmes après le printemps arabe en Egypte”

Conférence de Nawal El Saadawi, pionnière du féminisme en Egypte et auteure de talent, Dr Honoris Causa de l’ULB et de la VUB.
Le Mercredi 21 septembre de 12 h 30 à 14 heures,

17 avenue Roosevelt – 1000 Bruxelles

Par ailleurs, l’ULB et la VUB accorderont conjointement, le mercredi 28 novembre, les insignes de Docteur Honoris Causa à Nawal El Saadawi. Cette femme égyptienne, médecin et psychiatre, s’est distinguée dans son pays depuis près d’un demi-siècle, en défense de la cause des femmes, de la liberté d’incroyance et en faveur d’équilibres économiques moins injustes. Un combat et des positions qu’elle assume pleinement, malgré les représailles.

Enfin, à lire sur Esprit Libre, le magazine de l’ULB, un article d’Anne Morelli, historienne, “Nawal El Saadawi Une égyptienne LIBRE”

Femmes et guerres : une approche transnationale

“Femmes et guerres : une approche transnationale”

Colloque International

Université Hoa Sen

Du 17 au 20 octobre 2011

Programme prévisionnel

17/10/11 – Matin

Thème : Méthodologie de recherche dans le domaine “femmes et guerres”

1/ Françoise Thébaud: Femmes, genre et guerres :une large historiographie

2/ BùiTrân Phượng: Recherche sur le thème «femmes et guerres» au Vietnam, une nouvelle approche

3/ Cynthia Enloe: What Do We All Learn About Wars by Taking Women’s Lives Seriously?

4/ PhạmQuốc Lộc: Les femmes dans la tradition et dans la guerre: identité et performatif de genre

17/10/11 – Après-Midi

Projection du film « Quand viendra le dixième mois ». Rencontre avec Dang Nhat Minh, réalisateur du film. Discussion sur la solitude de la femme dans la guerre.

17/10/11 – Soir

Vernissage de l’exposition de peinture sur les femmes dans la guerre

18/10/11 – Matin

Thème: Trajectoire des femmes dans la guerre

1/ Lê Thi: Le rôle des femmes dans la guerre au Vietnam – Les filles volontaires des brigades de choc

2/ Marguerite Rollinde: Femmes palestiniennes en lutte : la voix des femmes de Gaza

3/ Hồ Việt Đoàn: La générale Nguyễn Thị Định et l’armée aux cheveux longs

4/ François Rouquet : La guerrière à l’écran

Atelier 1

1/ Nguyễn Thị Hiển Linh: La vie et les activités des détenues politiques dans les

prisons au Sud VN

2/ Ngô Thị Phương Thiện: Mme Ngo Ba Thanh – Woman Architect of Peace

Atelier 2

1/ John K.Swensson: American Women’s Participation in the Viet Nam Conflict

2/ Yenny Narny: Violence against women in the Communist Tragedy in West Sumatra 1965/1966

Atelier 3

1/ Vatthana Pholsena: Les femmes des minotités ethniques et la guerre – Le cas du Laos

2/ Trầm Hương: – Les filles de brigades de choc dans le Sud

18/10/11 – Après-Midi

Projection du film “Regret to inform” par Barbara Sonneborn

19/10/11 – Matin

Thème: Femmes et après-guerre

1/ CGFED: Conséquences de la guerre chimique au Vietnam sur les femmes, la famille et la société

2/ FabriceVirgili: Les enfants de l’ennemi

3/ Jane Freedman: Vivre après les violences… Les expériences des femmes en République Démocratique du Congo

Atelier 1

1/ Lê Thị Kim Lan: Les femmes, les enfants et l’agent orange

2/ Masako Tanaka: Seeking Justice: Struggles of Sexual Violence Survivors in Post Conflict Nepal

Atelier 2

1/ Bửu Ý: Femmes et guerres dans la musique de Trinh Cong Son

2/ Thái Phan Vàng Anh: La guerre porte la figure de femme dans la prose d’après-guerre.

3/ Lê Thị Hường: La voix féministe dans la prose de guerre des femmes de lettres

Atelier 3

1/ UHS: Mémoire des mères de combattants morts dans la guerre

2/ François Guillemot: Perceptions et voix féminines de la guerre du Vietnam

20/10/11 – Matin

Visite du Musée des Femmes du Sud, exposition- Rencontre avec des anciennes détenues politiques et femmes volontaires de brigades de choc…

Circulation et coercition. Mobilités contraintes et captivité de guerre (XVIe-XXe siècles)

Colloque international

Colegio de España – Cité Universitaire de Paris

7 bd. Jourdan, 75014 Paris

15-16 septembre 2011

Organisation :

Renaud Morieux (IRHIS-Université de Lille III)

Jesus College, Cambridge)

Jean-Paul Zúñiga (CRH-EHESS)


Jeudi 15 septembre 2011

9h30. Arrivée des participants.

9h45. Introduction. Renaud Morieux (Université de Lille III / University of Cambridge), Jean-Paul Zúñiga (EHESS)

1. Les frontières des statuts : galériens, captifs, prisonniers de guerre

Présidente : Sylvie Aprile (IRHIS-Université de Lille III)

10h-10h30.Gillian Weiss (Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland), Port City Slavery : Turks and Moors on France’s Galleys during the early modern period

10h30-11h.Romain Bertrand (CERI-Sciences Po Paris), Captivité militaire, conversion politique et conversations religieuses dans une « zone-contact » (Aceh, Sumatra, 1580-1610)


11h15-11h45. Sylvie Thénault (Centre d’Histoire Sociale du 20e siècle – CNRS), Une circulation transméditerranéenne forcée : l’envoi de prisonniers algériens en France au 19e siècle

11h45-12h05. Discutante : Miranda Spieler (University of Arizona)

12h05-12h45. Discussion générale.

13h-14h30. Déjeuner.

 2. De la réclusion à la mobilité : exils, bannissements et déportations

 Présidente : Marie-Vic Ozouf-Marignier (EHESS) [sous réserve]

14h30-15h. Clément Thibaut (Université de Nantes), Captivité et recrutement forcé dans le cadre des crimes de lèse-majesté et lèse-patrie en Nouvelle-Grenade et au Venezuela, 1790-1830

15h-15h30. Clare Anderson (University of Leicester), Convicts in the Indian Ocean (late 18th-mid 20th c.)

15h30-15h45. Pause.

15h30-16h. Alain Blum (EHESS), Marta Craveri (EHESS), Déportés en ou vers l’Union soviétique (1930-1953) : la multiplicité des statuts et des parcours

16h-16h20. Discutante : Nancy Green (CRH-EHESS).

16h20-17h. Discussion générale.

Vendredi 16 septembre 2011

3. Les économies de la contrainte

Présidente :  Annick Lempérière (Université Paris I)

10h15-10h45. Antonio de Almeida Mendes (Université de Nantes), Razzias, déplacements, travail contraint et travail libre dans l’Atlantique nord : Maroc, Cap Vert , Europe occidentale ( 15e-16e siècles)

10h45-11h15. José Javier Ruiz Ibáñez (Universidad de Murcia) et Ana Diaz (Universidad de Murcia), Captifs et rançons dans les guerres de la deuxième moitié du 16e siècle en Europe occidentale.

11h15-11h30. Pause

11h30-11h20. Discutant : Philippe Minard (Université Paris VIII / EHESS).

11h20-12h. Discussion générale.

12h15-14h. Déjeuner.

4. Le contrôle des corps : encadrement et agency

Président : Florent Brayard (CRH- CNRS)

14h-14h30. Ann Stoler (New School for Social Research, New York), The Colony as a Political Concept: Containments and Imperial Formations

14h30-15h. Pieter Lagrou (FNRS, Bruxelles), Faire prisonnier, se faire prisonnier. De la non-mise à mort dans la guerre totale à l’époque contemporaine

15h-15h30. Pause

15h30-15h50. Discutante : Megan Vaughan (University of Cambridge)

15h50-16h30. Discussion générale.

16h30-17h30. Table ronde

Contacts :;


Call for Papers: Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting (AAG) 2012, New York, February 24th – 28th 2012


Dress(ing) in Public: Dress, Ideology and the Female Body


Session organisers: Hilal Ozcetin (Simon Fraser University, CA), Hulya Arik (York University, CA)

Discussant: Dr. Banu Gokariksel (University of North Carolina, USA)


In the last two decades, feminist geography analyzed the body, and delineated the ideological/discursive premises of space as a social construct (Grosz 1994, Duncan 1996, Nast and Pile 1998, Longhurst 1995, 2008, McDowell 1995, Bell and Valentine 1995). Studies of the female body with reference to public space and dress codes have shown how socio-political discourses shape the female body in and across certain spaces (Secor 2002, 2004, Gokariksel 2009, Çınar 2008, Nagar 1997, Bell 1991, Valentine 1993, Peake and Trotz 1999, Pratt 1998, McKittrick 2006). However, while these studies provide an analysis of the way in which the body and space is talked about and acted on, there is still  need for a focused examination of dress as it is lived, experienced and embodied by women. This session aims to explore dressed bodies and embodiment through an analysis of the discourses on dress that shape and regulate women’s bodies. How do we conceptualize dressed bodies in relation to religious, ethnic and national identities? Can we bring together seemingly different contexts, meanings, and styles of dress such as the “slut walks”, Muslim women’s hijab or fashion? We welcome papers with empirical and theoretical focus on construction of the female body and norms of dress in public space from a wide geographical spectrum. Our goal is to open up an alternative space for a discussion that would explore dress as an embodied practice in relation to space. We want to understand how discursive practices of dress act upon the female body and produce control mechanisms over women’s bodies as well as how women make sense of their bodily experiences.


Possible topics and questions:

How do women negotiate the meanings of dress within specific temporal and spatial relations?

How does socio-historical context shape the dress practices?

How does dress form one of the dimensions of national identity construction?

How do militarist discourses and militarization produce the female body?

How do the developments in textile and fashion change the relation between the body and the dress?

How does the change in the socio-economic situations create new forms of dresses for different bodies?

How do women employ particular strategies of dress in public spaces?

How queer identities are performed in relation to clothing?

How are identities performed in relation to gender and dress?

How does dress play a role in constructing and identifying gender?

How can dress be used to contest or legitimate the power of the state and the meaning of citizenship?

How does religion regulate bodies through dress/dress codes and how member of religious communities negotiate stipulations?



Abstracts of 250 words (maximum) should be submitted to Hulya Arik ( and Hilal Ozcetin ( by September 7th 2011.Thank you.

” Je hais donc je suis : la construction sociale du conflit “

Quatrième Rencontre européenne d’analyse des sociétés politiques, à Paris

3 et 4 février 2011


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Leçon du Cycle européen d’études africaines du Département de science politique de l’Université Paris-I Panthéon Sorbonne, avec le concours du Reasopo (Rencontre Européenne d’Analyse des Sociétés Politiques).

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Violence Revisited : Security, War and Peace Narrated

8th European Feminist Research Conference
May 17-20, 2012 | Budapest, Hungary
Strand 11
Violence Revisited: Security, War and Peace Narrated
For this strand we seek papers that address questions connected to different issues of wars, terrorism, extremism, security questions as well as peace studies. How are these issues narrated in the scholar literature? What are important historiographical narratives in the ways that the history of violence has and is being told? What are the gendered implications intrastate conflicts and political violence? What are the ways of renegotiating of gender relations in times of military conflict, collaboration, resistance and agency? Likewise, we are interested in empirical studies of different kinds that deal with the subject around the key words of conflict studies, genocide, trauma, violence, resistance. What are the transnational (global) networks and possibilities of pacifism? How does all this influence the politics, methods and ethics of feminist research? We are especially interested in “gendered” experiences shaped by particular practices and discourses of masculinity in conflict
The strand is coordinated by ANDREA PETŐ (,



Please contact us with questions or ideas.