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Special Section im Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding erschienen

Alex Veit hat als Gastherausgeber eine "Special Section" zu "The Politics of Intervention Against (Conflict-Related) Sexual and Gender Based Violence" im Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding (Vol. 13,4) publiziert. Die Publikation ist Teil des Forschungsprojekts Internationale Interventionen gegen sexualisierte Gewalt in Konfliktgebieten. Intendierte und unintendierte Konsequenzen, finanziert von der Deutschen Forschungsgemeinschaft. Projektmitglied Lisa Tschörner hat einen der Artikel gemeinsam mit Alex verfasst.

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Feminism in the Humanitarian Machine. Introduction to the Special Section on ‘The Politics of Intervention Against (Conflict-Related) Sexual and Gender-based Violence’

by Alex Veit 

Abstract: The prevention and mitigation of sexual and gender-based violence in (post-) conflict societies has become an important humanitarian activity. This introductory article examines the analytical discourses on these interventions, the institutionalization of SGBV expertise in international politics, and the emancipatory potential of anti-SGBV practices. It argues that the confluence of feminist professional activism and militarized humanitarian interventionism produced specific international activities against SGBV. As part of the institutionalization of gender themes in international politics, feminist emancipatory claims have been taken up by humanitarian organizations. The normal operating state of the humanitarian machine, however, undercuts its potential contribution to social transformation towards larger gender equality in (post-) conflict societies.

‘A Real Woman Waits’ – Heteronormative Respectability, Neo-Liberal Betterment and Echoes of Coloniality in SGBV Programming in Eastern DR Congo

by Charlotte Mertens and Henri Myrttinen

Drawing on archival and field research, this article critically examines the production and distribution of gender roles and expectations in SGBV programming, in particular in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). We find the underlying currents in some of these programmes reinscribe heteronormativity and focus on individual betterment which resonates with regulating gender and sexuality during colonialism. In some cases, strongly western-inspired norms of individual agency have been introduced, disregarding structural constraints of people’s lives. To conclude, we explore alternative approaches to SGBV prevention, ones in which international approaches are re-defined and vernacularized for local use – but which also at times inform global understandings.

‘Without Education You Can Never Become President’: Teenage Pregnancy and Pseudo-empowerment in Post-Ebola Sierra Leone

by Anne Menzel

This article analyses the emergence of ‘teenage pregnancy’ as a new policy focus in post-Ebola Sierra Leone and explores how Sierra Leoneans interpret the problem of ‘teenage pregnancy’. I argue that the new policy focus is not indicative of changing or new problems. Rather, ‘teenage pregnancy’ has created opportunities for donors and the Government of Sierra Leone to continue cooperation in gender politics. At the same time, Sierra Leoneans are clearly concerned about ‘teenage pregnancy’, and many agree with sensitization campaigns that responsibilize young women and girls while downplaying structural factors that render them vulnerable to arrangements involving transactional sex.

Creative appropriation: academic knowledge and interventions against sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo

by Alex Veit and Lisa Tschörner

Recent academic research has questioned assumptions about sexual violence in (post-) conflict contexts. Gender norms rather than military decision-making have been found to constitute a major underlying reason for wartime sexual violence. In this contribution, we investigate whether international organisations seeking to prevent sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo have accordingly changed their analytical perspectives and modified policies and programming. We find that many, but not all, such organisations creatively appropriate new academic work in their policy and project documents. However, incentives for continuity in the humanitarian field have slackened the pace of any substantive practical changes.

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Birgit Mahnkopf hält die Senghaas-Lecture 2019

Am 27.11.2019 findet um 19:00 Uhr die 5. Dieter-Senghaas-Lecture im Haus der Wissenschaft, Sandstr. 4/5, Bremen statt. Über den "Krieg gegen den Planeten und die Perspektiven von Weltordnungspolitik an Kipppunkten der menschlichen Entwicklung" berichtet Prof. Dr. Birgit Mahnkopf.

Zu dieser Veranstaltung sind alle interessierten Bügerinnen und Bürger eingeladen.

Birgit Mahnkopf ist Professorin für Europäische Gesellschaftspolitik an der Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Recht Berlin. Einem breiteren Publikum ist sie durch ihr Buch "Die Grenzen der Globalisierung" (zusammen mit Elmar Altvater) bekannt geworden.

Mit den Dieter-Senghaas-Lectures würdigt das Institut für Interkulturelle und Internationale Studien (InIIS) und Leben und Werk eines der international bekanntesten und geachteten Friedens- und Konfliktforschers, der seit 1978 an der Universität Bremen lehrt und forscht und Mitgründer des InIIS war.

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Am von der DFG geförderten Sonderforschungsbereich “Globale Entwicklungsdynamiken von Sozialpolitik“ (SFB 1342) wird im Projekt „A05: The global development, diffusion and transformation of education systems“ (Profs. K. Martens, M. Windzio) eine studentische Hilfskraft für 30h im Monat gesucht. Die Einstellung erfolgt voraussichtlich zum 01.10.2019 für einen Zeitraum von drei Monaten, ggf. länger.

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Call for Papers

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Call for Papers: Masculinities and Queer Perspectives in Transitional Justice
insights also intend to investigate the multiple possibilities of the intersections between gender, sexualities, vulnerabilities and power, which often lie at the core of post-conflict processes of dealing with the past. Queer perspectives also aim to envision and to sharpen our imagination for possible alternatives to dominant – often institutionalized, (neo-)liberal and hetero-patriarchal – TJ toolkit approaches.
We therefore seek to critically explore and position these masculinities and queer perspectives within feminist inquiries regarding the roles of gender in social, cultural and political structuring more widely. Rather than only making men and sexual minorities visible in transitional settings, we instead seek to explore structural issues regarding the persisting exclusion and potential inclusion of masculinities and queer analyses. As per this approach, our intention for this edited volume is underpinned by and geared towards a relational understanding of gender. Topics to be explored and questions to be raised and answered include, but may not be limited to:
- How can masculinities and queer perspectives enhance and complexify our understandings of the intersections between gender, armed conflict and post-conflict transitions?
- What are the lived realities of men and of sexual and gender minorities in post-conflict and transitional spaces, and how can (or cannot) diverse transitional justice mechanisms engage with and respond to these experiences?
- How do identities defined by inter alia gender, sexualities, class and ethnicity intersect, and how do these intersections shape individuals’ post-war experiences?
- What are potential challenges associated with bringing more attention towards men’s gendered experiences in transitional settings?
We welcome chapter submissions which seek to address and uncover these and multiple associated questions in a variety of different post-conflict and transitional case study contexts, as well as from diverse disciplinary, theoretical and methodological backgrounds. In the edited volume, we thus aim to combine contributions that address diverse geo-political regions, from across different historical episodes and that touch upon different conflict dynamics, to illustrate the diversity of transitional and post-conflict contexts where masculinities and/or queer perspectives offer new insights into understanding, disrupting and/or complexifying these processes.
We intend to submit the edited volume to the Series on Transitional Justice published by Intersentia; we are in touch with the editors of the book series, who have indicated their interest and commitment in working with us on such an edited volume. We also intend to organize a one-day workshop for contributors to the edited volume, tentatively scheduled for March 2020, either in Antwerp, Belgium or alternatively in Bremen, Germany. At the workshop, authors will present and receive detailed feedback on their draft Chapters, before preparing the manuscripts for final submission to the editors/publisher. The workshop thereby aims to ensure internal coherence between the Chapters included in the book.
If you are interested in contributing a Chapter for this edited volume, please send a brief abstract (of 200-250 words), accompanied by a short bio (100 words) to Philipp Schulz, Institute for Intercultural and International Studies (InIIS), University of Bremen: pschulz@uni-bremen.de, by 15 September 2019.
The tentative timeline looks as follows:
15 September 2019: CfP deadline for chapter abstracts
1 October 2019: Notification of selected chapters
1 March 2020: Deadline for first draft chapters (to be presented at one-day workshop)
March 2020: One-day book workshop
June 2020: Final chapters to be submitted to edited volume editors
August 2020: Final manuscript to be submitted to the book series editors / publishers

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