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Lecture and Reception

February 1, Ithaca Campus

The Gender and Global Change Program presents:

Gender and Conflict Zones: Negotiating Globalization, Security, and Human Displacement

Wednesday, February 1, 2006
280 Doherty Lounge

Wenona Giles
Associate Professor
School of Social Sciences
Atkinson Faculty of Liberal and Professional Studies York University, Toronto

Dr. Giles will discuss the motivations behind the Women in Conflict Zones Network (WICZNET), a network of scholars and activists focused on the gender relations of militarization and war. In particular, her talk will consider the way in which gender relations are deployed in sites of militarized conflict to incite, exacerbate and fuel violence, the incorporation of civilians into contemporary conflicts and the massive scale of displacement caused by war, as well as subsequent research on the gendered experience of both conflict and asylum. She will discuss the efforts of feminists to move beyond a cultural to a political economy approach, as well as feminist perspectives on globalization and human security using regional/country specific examples from the research of the WICZNET. Gender, globalization and security will be examined through the case of refugees – specifically Afghan refugees in Iran and Somali refugees in Kenya.

Dr. Giles, Associate Professor in the School of Social Sciences, teaches and publishes in the areas of gender, migration, refugee issues, ethnicity, nationalism, globalization, and war. Her most recent books include Feminists Under Fire: Exchanges Across War Zones (Between the Lines Press, Toronto 2003); and Sites of Violence: Gender and Conflict Zones (University of California Press, 2004), co-edited with Jennifer Hyndman. She coordinated the international Women in Conflict Zones Research Network and the project: “A Comparative Study of the Issues Faced by Women as a Result of Armed Conflict: Sir Lanka and the Post-Yugoslav States” at York University. She is presently involved in an international research project concerning protracted refugee situations.

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