Gender, War and Violence: Remembering the 1990s War on the Balkans – Joint Duke-UNC Events on January 24 and 25, 2013

January 11, 2013

The award-winning film, “In the Land of Blood and Honey” (2011), written and directed by Angelina Jolie, will be screened at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill during a series of events on “Gender, War and Violence: Remembering the 1990s War on the Balkans” held on Jan. 24 and 25, 2013 and organized by the Duke-UNC Gender, War and Culture project.

The public film viewing and an expert roundtable discussion on the film will take place Thursday, Jan. 24 from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Nelson Mandela Auditorium at the FedEx Global Education Center, 300 Pittsboro St. Robert Jenkins, director of UNC’s Center for Slavic, Eurasian and East European Studies, will set the historical context with a brief introduction to the film. Roundtable participants include Jenkins and UNC’s Adnan Dzuhmur and Dubravka Zarkov, an internationally recognized scholar on the subject.

Set against the backdrop of the Bosnian War that tore the Balkan region apart in the 1990s, the film tells the story of Danijel and Ajla, a man and a woman from different sides of a brutal ethnic conflict. Danijel, a soldier fighting for the Serbs, and Ajla, a Bosnian held captive in the camp he oversees, knew each other before the war and could have found love with each other. But as the armed conflict takes hold of their lives, their relationship grows darker, their motives and connection to one another ambiguous, their allegiances uncertain.

The events on Friday, Jan. 25 include a public lecture by Zarkov on “Masculinity, Sexual Violence, and Ethnicity in the 1990s Balkan Wars and Beyond” from 4 to 6 p.m. at the UNC Institute for Arts and Humanities, Hyde Hall, 176 E. Franklin Street.

Zarkov will discuss the challenges men faced during the wars in Yugoslavia, including sexual assaults. The wars in former Yugoslavia were notorious for the rape of women as one of the major war strategies. Men’s experiences are less well known. The lecture analyzes the complex factors that might have kept these assaults hidden.

Zarkov is associate professor of gender, conflict and development at the International Institute of Social Studies at Erasmus University in Rotterdam. She is author of “Postwar Moment: Militaries, Masculinities and International Peacekeeping” (2002), “The Body of War: Media, Ethnicity and Gender in the Break-up of Yugoslavia” (2007) and “Gender, Violent Conflict and Development” (2008).

The events are organized by the Duke-UNC “Gender, War and Culture” (GWC) project and series in collaboration with theUNC College of Arts and SciencesUNC Center for Slavic, Eurasian and East European StudiesUNC Center for European StudiesUNC Center for Global InitiativesUNC Institute for the Arts and HumanitiesUNC Curriculum in Peace, War and DefenseUNC Department of HistoryUNC Department of Women’s and Gender StudiesResearch Triangle Seminar Series on the History of Military, War and SocietyTriangle Institute for Security Studies and West Triangle Chapter of the United Nations Association.


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