Gender, War and Humanitarian Intervention in the 21st Century is part of the Duke-UNC Gender, War and Culture Conference Series. This workshop and lecture is centered on the ideologies and practices of humanitarianism that emerged and developed in the wake of nineteenth and twentieth-century nationalism and the wars it spawned. It will address the specific nature of twentieth-century humanitarianism in relation to both the character of war in this period and the rise of internationalist politics at elite and grassroots levels. The workshop and lecture will also explore how gender both shaped and was shaped by humanitarian politics, for example in relation to the influence of (trans)national feminist movements on the establishment of human rights and norms. As well, it will also examine redefinitions of masculinity and femininity in international efforts to secure peace, and critically assess the use and abuse of gendered humanitarian ideals in legitimizing war and international military interventions.
Speakers for the public workshop from 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 11 will include Frederick Cooper, professor in the department of history at New York University, Jean H. Quataert, professor in the department of history at Binghamton University SUNY, Ellen Ross, professor of history and women’s studies in Ramapo College’s School of Social Science and Human Services, Glenda Sluga, professor in the department of history at the University of Sydney.
Kristen P. Williams, professor in and chair of the department of political science at Clark University, will provide an public lecture on gender, war and humanitarian intervention in the 21st century from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 11.