A Symposium on Women in Conflict Zones
This Symposium will feature a keynote/public lecture by Shahrazad Mojab of the University of Toronto, followed by a panel and a workshop designed to explore various conflict zones (e.g., Palestine, Iran (Kurds), Algeria, Sudan, Mexico, Lebanon, Cuba, Eritrea, Tunisia, Philippines, Rwanda/Congo, South Africa, and the United States, where individuals may be actors, warriors, victims, perpetrators, survivors, collaborators, icons or symbols and may be ambivalent, complicit, and have complicated relationships to their adversaries.
Friday, April 10, 2009
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
UCLA Faculty Center, Sequoia Room
Los Angeles, CA 90095
The Burkle Center for International Relations and Department of Women’s Studies
(with Co-Sponsors--UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies, the Center for the Study of Women,
The Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies, and the Office of the Dean, Social Sciences)
A Symposium on Women in Conflict Zones
April 10, 2009
Sequoia Room, Faculty Center, UCLA
The Women in Conflict Zones Symposium on Friday, April 10, 2009, will feature a keynote/public lecture by Shahrazad Mojab of the University of Toronto, followed during the day by a panel and a workshop designed to explore various conflict zones (e.g., Palestine, Iran (Kurds), Algeria, Sudan, Mexico, Lebanon, Cuba, Eritrea, Tunisia, Philippines, Rwanda/Congo, South Africa, and the United States where individuals may be actors, warriors, victims, pawns, perpetrators, survivors, collaborators, icons or symbols and may be ambivalent, complicit, and have complicated relationships to their adversaries. In these areas women may also be mediators, peacemakers, justice-seekers, and human rights advocates. Symposium participants will explore these and other similarly urgent contemporary developments shaped by the intersections of gender, conflict, and militarism. The themes explore the nature and rationales for violence, militarization and masculinity, the politics of memory and naming, trauma and healing, and forms of reconciliation. Participants include Dina Al-Kassim (UC Irvine), Azza Basarudin (UCLA), Lara Deeb (Scripps College), Sondra Hale (UCLA), Caren Kaplan (UC Davis), Jennifer Terry (UC Irvine), and Juliet Williams (UCLA), and other faculty and graduate students primarily from UCLA who will participate in a workshop on “Women in Conflict Zones and Human Rights Questions—Theories, Cases, Practices, and Archival Activism” (Beyene, Blackwell, Finch, Khedher, Santos, and Sharif).
Program Schedule At-a-Glance
9:00 am-10:00am: Registration, Continental Breakfast
Welcome Remarks by Christine Littleton, Chair, Department of Women’s Studies, Professor of Law
Introduction by Sondra Hale, Symposium Organizer
10.00am-12 noon: Keynote Address by Shahrzad Mojab
12 noon-1pm: Lunch (for Participants)
1:00pm-3:30pm: Panel -- “Gender and Conflict Zones”
Al-Kassim, Deeb, Hale, Kaplan, and Terry Basarudin, Chair; Williams, Discussant
3:30pm-4:00pm: Tea/Coffee Break
4:00pm-6:00pm: Workshop -- “Women in Conflict Zones & Human Rights Questions:
Theories, Cases, Practices, and Archival Activism"
Beyene, Blackwell, Finch, Khedher, Santos, and Sharif. Gallagher, Chair; Mojab, Discussant
6:00pm-7:30pm: Reception/Light Dinner
Complete Program Schedule
|9 -10 am:||Registration, continental breakfast, welcome remarks|
|Welcome/Opening: Christine Littleton, Chair, Department of Women’s Studies, UCLA|
|Introduction: Sondra Hale, Professor of Women’s Studies and Anthropology, UCLA|
|10 -12 pm:||
Keynote - “Re-centering Imperialism in Feminist Theorization of War, Reconstruction and Women’s NGOs”
Shahrzad Mojab, Director of Women and Gender Studies Institute and Professor at the Department of Adult Education & Counselling Psychology, the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE/UT)
Shahrzad Mojab, Professor, is an academic-activist, teaching at the Department of Adult Education and Counselling Psychology, the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. Professor Mojab is the former Director of the Women and Gender Institute at the University of Toronto and the past-President of the Canadian Association for the Studies of Adult Education. She is the recipient of several awards, notably in 2008 she received Distinguished Contribution to Graduate Teaching Award at the University of Toronto. Her publications include, among others, book chapters and articles which have appeared in reputable international journals. She has edited Women of a Non-State Nation: The Kurds; co-editor Of Property and Propriety: The Role of Gender and Class in Imperialism and Nationalism and Violence in the Name of Honour: Theoretical and Political Challenges. She has been the guest editor of a number of journals including Resources for Feminist Research, (with Himani Bannerji) on War and Militarization; International Journal of Lifelong Education on “Women, War and Learning,” and the forthcoming Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East Journal (with Martina Reiker) on “Gender and Empire.”
Professor Mojab is currently conducting Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada-funded research on war, diaspora, and learning; women political prisoners in the Middle East; war and transnational women’s organizations, and civic education curriculum as experienced by immigrant youth from war zones. She has created two research websites as an archival space for relevant resources for research and as a tool for the dissemination of knowledge. The websites are: Women, War, Diaspora and Learning (www.utoronto.ca/wwdl) and Memories, Memoirs, and the Arts: Women Political Prisoners of Iran (www.utoronto.ca/prisonmemoirs).
|12 - 1pm:||
Lunch for participants [non-participants will be given suggestions for other lunch possibilities on campus]
|1 - 3:30 pm:||
Panel on “Gender and Conflict Zones” Chair: Azza Basarudin, Women’s Studies, UCLA
Azza Basarudin is a PhD candidate in the Department of Women’s Studies at UCLA. She is currently completing a dissertation entitled, In Search of Moral Communities: Engaging Gender Justice and Ethical Citizenry in Malaysia and Egypt on Muslim feminist political engagement in Southeast Asia and the Middle East. She is a member of the Radical Arab Women’s Activist Network (RAWAN) and the Secretary for the Association of Middle East Women’s Studies (AMEWS). She is also a recipient of awards from the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, the Social Science Research Council (SSRC), and the National Science Foundation (NSF), among others.
|3:30 - 4 pm:||Tea/Coffee Break|
|4 - 6 pm:||Workshop on “Women in Conflict Zones and Human Rights Questions—Theories, Cases, Practices, and Archival Activism”
Chair: Nancy Gallagher, Professor, History, UCSB
Nancy Gallagher is Professor of History and Chair of the Near East Studies Program at University of California, Santa Barbara. She has co-directed the Center for Middle East Studies and is the Co-Editor of the Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies. Professor Gallagher has published dozens of articles and chapters on the Middle East, and books ranging from medical history to women’s rights as human rights in the Middle East. Her most recent book analyzes Quaker activism in Palestine.
Discussant: Shahrzad Mojab [see bio above]
Tina Beyene, Department of Women’s Studies, UCLA: “Negotiating Past Conflicts, Shaping New Societies: The Epistemological and Organizing Challenges of African Feminists”
Tina Beyene is a PhD candidate in Women’s Studies at UCLA. Her primary area is on women and conflict, particularly in genocidal conflicts and post-conflict nation-building in Africa. Primarily working in Rwanda, she is interested in emerging feminist discourses around sexual violence and armed conflict, paying particular attention to their treatment of ethnic and colonial dimensions of violence against African women in conflict zones.
Maylei Blackwell, Assistant Professor, Chicano Studies, UCLA: “When the Desks Don't Speak: Indigenous Women's Organizing in Militarized Mexico”
Maylei Blackwell is an assistant professor in the César E. Chávez Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies and she is affiliated faculty in the Women’s Studies Department and the American Indian Studies and GLBT Studies programs at UCLA. Her forthcoming book is entitled, “Retrofitted Memory: Contested Histories of Gender and Feminism in the Chicano Movement.” Her second project explores the possibilities and challenges of women's transnational organizing around various axes of difference, or across what she calls Geographies of Difference. She is traversing these geographies through conversations with indigenous women organizers in Mexico, Latin American feminist movements, and sexual rights activists, all of who are involved in cross border organizing and community formation.
Aisha Finch, Assistant Professor, Women’s Studies and Afro-American Studies, UCLA: “Gendering the Peripheries of Revolution: Rethinking the Paradigms of Slave Insurgency in Cuba”
Aisha K. Finch received her Ph.D. from the History Department at New York University, where she specialized in African Diaspora History and Caribbean and Latin American History. From 2007-2008, she was a UC President’s Postdoctoral fellow at UCLA. She is currently an assistant professor of Women’s Studies and Afro-American Studies at UCLA, and is working on a book manuscript that examines the slave resistance movement that unfolded in Cuba from 1843-44, and the black political culture that produced it. Her work revisits existing paradigms of slave insurgency through mapping out intimate geographies of labor, gendered practices and ideologies of freedom, and the social circuits embedded in Cuba’s quotidian plantation world
Rayed Khedher, Anthropology Department, UCLA: “The Courts of Women: Seeking New Forms of Justice.”
Rayed Khedher is a Ph.D. student in Anthropology at UCLA. He holds an MA in applied anthropology from California State University, Long Beach. His research examines issues related to transnational migration, media politics, human rights, Islam and social movements. Rayed has also served as a Youth Program Coordinator at El Taller International, an NGO that works to challenge structural violence and searches for alternative discourses on gender, human rights, development and justice.
Stephanie Santos, Women’s Studies, UCLA: “Militarization and Development Aggression in the Cordilleras”[Philippines]
Stephanie Santos is a PhD student with the UCLA Department of Women's Studies. Her research interests include the gendered and racialized foundations in Southeast Asia. She is the assistant editor at Amerasia Journal.
Rana Sharif, Women’s Studies, UCLA: “Time and Space in Conflict: Palestinian Women and Zones of Social Abandonment.”
Rana Sharif is a Ph.D. in Women's Studies, UCLA. Currently, her research focuses on the ruptures and inconsistencies of the everyday, mundane, and habitual in the Occupied West Bank Territory of Palestine. She investigates the ways in which temporal and material consequences to occupation forfeit heteronormaly and reconstitute subjectivities. Rana is an Editorial Assistant, Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies.
|6 - 7:30pm:||Reception/light dinner|
Click here to learn more about the UCLA Burkle Center Faculty Research Grant which helped to make this symposium possible.
Cost: Free and open to the public.
For more information please contact
Tel: (310) 825-1181
Sponsor(s): Burkle Center for International Relations, Center for Near Eastern Studies, Department of Gender Studies, The Journal of Middle East Womens Studies (JMEWS), UCLA Office of the Dean, Social Sciences